Format Recover Issue. Help Please!

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Wow what a mess I have created. OK So I wanted to re-format my hard drive on my laptop due to the fact that its just become extemely slow over the past few year. So I backed up everything I thought I needed to and re-formatted. OOPS!!!! I missed some huge things! I re-installed about 5-6 gigs of stuff onto the 60 gig harddrive before I realized it. So now I have tried 3 different programs to recover the old files. GetDataBack, EasyRecovery Pro, and I did a free scan with Data Recovery Pro. In all cases They retrieve about 8 gigs of what was almost a full harddrive. However the 8 gigs consist of many duplicate files they are all disorganized and I have to go through about 500 folders named simplistic things like DIR 1, DIR2, DIR 403 etc. In the end I only recovered about 3 of the 50+ files I was looking to get back. The most important bieng an outlook PST file. Anyways I just feel with all the people Ive read about having great success with these programs that I must be doing something wrong, or maybe there is a better program. I just dont get it. These programs claim they can get all this stuff back and other people do fine with them. Any recommendations?? Any help or assistance that anyone can offer is much appreciated. Thanks
 

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It's too late for that now, but formatting a hard drive just because your computer had slowed down was a drastic and unnecessary step to take.

Many computer users suffer a slowdown in performance over a period of time because of too many programs running in the background, a buildup of junk and temp files, a buildup of spyware and malware, too full a hard drive, not enough RAM, etc..

Next time you have this problem, slow down and take a deep breath and tell us what the problem is.

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