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How Can I Recover From Formatted HDD?

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Hi there, I've given my portable 320GB HDD to my friend & he has formated entire drive for testing other OS, though he never installed it. I had more than 90%-95% of data on it, so I NEED to get all back. Please suggest any solution how do I recover all my data ?
 
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Was it low level formatted or quick formatted? A software solution would be your best choice to try first. Recovery services are expensive.
 
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It was quick format on NTFS - Non Compressed drive. Sure I can't afford such expensive service, any software may be ?
 
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We use a data backup utility called Restorer Pro and that thing can pickup stuff customers delete. Maybe it would help you out.
 
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Thanx "kenkickr" & "ktr" for the help here. Will try this in next few days as it'll take 2+ days to get my HDD back. Will report soon, thanx again.
 

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Thanx "Mussels" for that FREE idea. Though, I personally preffer OpenSource on prime. I'll try demo version anyway, Thanx again.
 

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Linux (unbuntu) can bring data back from the dead. I dont remember how its done, but it was a method i used once upon a time. i guess you could search "linux and data recovery".
sorry for not providing more info, its been a while since i have done this.

Heres a link that could help: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=417761
 
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Hummm, I'd rather post this one to ubuntu forums for best results. Thanx "aharvey" for sharing your experience.
 
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I was like you few days ago. I found a free software (don't know really). Its cool, got back all my Virtual servers and other data worth about 100GB in five minutes. If you want I can email you. PM me your email, I will try to email you. My friend gave it to me, so don't know from where he got it.
 
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or look for R-Studio.