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02-Apr-2010, 11:19 AM #1
Exclamation overwritten files...can they be recovered?
if you take folders with files in off a external hard drive
and over write newer files on your computer hard drive
can the new stuff be recovered in any way.

i know there are programs that recover lost/deleted files...
but in this scenario?
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02-Apr-2010, 11:33 AM #2
There may still be hope. Windows may have reported it is replacing files but it may have saved the new files to a new location on the hard drive and marked the space used to store the old files as available for re-use. The less you save to the drive the better the chances of getting the old files back. Downloading and installing a suitable recovery program on another drive would be a safe way to proceed. I am not familiar enough with the different programs to recommend any particular one. Someone else here may have a recommendation for your particular case.

EDIT: I have used an older version of a free program called "PC INSPECTOR™ File Recovery" to get back some deleted files from a friend's computer a while ago. Maybe the latest version will work for you.

http://www.pcinspector.de/Default.htm?language=1
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02-Apr-2010, 12:20 PM #3
If a file is truly overwritten, then no recovery is possible by anyone, but you won't know until you try recovery, what can be recovered.

The best file recovery software I have used, but not free.

http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm










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as long as it wasn't physically overwritten, the data which was on the drive is still there.
http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-advise.htm

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