We get heaps of threads on this, so lets make a nice organised list of programs people can use for backing up, restoring, and recovering data. For a quick start to this, some pointers. 1. If you formatted a drive and did NOT write to it, recovery is possible. If you installed any data over it (such as windows, or copying files to it) then you need to restore a backup, or accept that you will have lost some, most, or all of your data. 2. Backups are not perfect - for example, a virus that killed your machine could also be in your backup. try and backup your important data first, not your operating system and useless files - and store it in more than one place if possible (for example, an external hard drive AND on DVD) Now to the programs: Free Data recovery software Piriform Recuva - Highly recommended by TPU users, myself included. The following were listed by 95viper in another thread, i dont know if he's reccomending them or just listed them. Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier A nice one. UNDELETE 360 Free File Recovery 1.1 Glary Undelete UndeletePlus[/QUOTE] Paid Data recovery software Free backup/restore software Paid backup/restore software Acronis True Image Home Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 2011 (Paid)[/QUOTE] please people, help me fill in the blanks so i can request this to get stickied.