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Formatted Hard Drive - Need Old Data

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Mamfs, Jan 27, 2006.

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  1. Mamfs

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    Help, I got a 2nd hand lap top from my boss yesterday. Took it home last night and formatted the hard drive, then installed Centos and Linux over it. Got to work this morning to discover that my boss hadn't copied all his files over! I need to recover all his Outlook files. What do I do?
     
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    Help, I got a 2nd hand lap top from my boss yesterday. Took it home last night and formatted the hard drive, then installed Centos and Linux over it. Got to work this morning to discover that my boss hadn't copied all his files over! I need to recover all his Outlook files. What do I do?
     
  3. flynstone

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    Start looking for another job!! (n)
     
  4. StumpedTechy

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    Try a file recovery program like Ontrack EasyRecovery. Of course any sector you overworte with the new stuff you installed is probably gone.

    Since this is a laptop your going to want to slave this laptop drive onto a desktop so you will also need to buy a 2.5 to 3.5 converter that allows you to hook up your laptop drive to a desktop IDE cable.
     
  5. Mamfs

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    Thanks.. that's a bit more constructive!
     
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    I wouldn't cross post. you also wrote this in the windows forum.
     
  8. win2kpro

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    You might try a utility such as Get Data Back http://www.runtime.org/

    Download and install the trial version and it will show you if the data is recoverable.
     
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    I've merged your two threads into this one.

    Please continue to post here.
     
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    You know I really think the word format should be changed to wipe out, I don't think some folks really understand what format means, I had a buddy that formatted his drive and he thought it meant getting it back to square one like from the beginning when I bought my PC and that was what he said and he was a power seller on ebay had all his pictures and files on it I thought he was going to literally shoot himself.


    Format according to Webster:
    1 : the shape, size, and general makeup (as of something printed)
    2 : general plan of organization, arrangement, or choice of material (as for a television show)
    3 : to arrange (as material to be printed or stored data) in a particular format
     
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    This freebie seems to find deleted files OK on my computer so worth a try I suppose -

    http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html

    http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.html

    File Scavenger 3.0 file undelete/data recovery utility -

    http://www.snapfiles.com/features/filescavenger-803-406688.php

    “We tested the product on a machine that was reformatted a few days ago, and safely recovered some of the files, old desktop shortcuts and more.”



    This is a good freeware site -

    http://www.snapfiles.com/freeware/freeware.html
     
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