Formatted the drive, need to recover files!

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voltage2

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So here's my situation. I switched a friend's laptop from Kubuntu Linux over to Windows XP. So this involved backing up his files, formatting the drive to NTFS and then installing XP. Then I realized that I didn't backup a number of important files.

I would very much like to recover as many of these files as possible. I see that there are many data recovery applications available for Windows XP and a number of them say they can recover files after a format. I started to get concerned though when I saw a lot of them saying how they take advantage of the NTFS file structure to recover files and it seemed like a lot of them assume that you had an NTFS formatted drive prior to formatting it and erasing everything. However, as I said, Kubuntu was on there, so it was formatted for Linux (It's called ext3 formatting isn't it?)

Will this present any problems for recovering the files, what is my best course of action, and if there is hope for solutions what are the best applications for this that you can recommend?

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don't use the machine until files are recovered.

anything overwritten by xp and any apps/utilities is gone but other files are retrievable if not already overwritten.
 

voltage2

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this site may help you. the disk has some free tools that may or may not recover the stuff you want.

sending it out is about a $1000+ option so you'll have to weigh how important the files are if the free stuff doesn't work

http://www.ubcd4win.com/index.htm
Thanks, I will try this out. I am willing to pay for software if it's going to fix the problem. It would need to be software that would have a trial version that would at least allow me to scan and see what files can be recovered, if it's the ones I want, then I am certainly willing to pay (under 80 bucks) for the program.

If anyone has any other suggestions with this in mind, please do let me know!
 
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Thanks, I will try this out. I am willing to pay for software if it's going to fix the problem. It would need to be software that would have a trial version that would at least allow me to scan and see what files can be recovered, if it's the ones I want, then I am certainly willing to pay (under 80 bucks) for the program.

If anyone has any other suggestions with this in mind, please do let me know!
Hello voltage2,

I am no guru when it comes to tech stuff, but I meddle in it at times...

I deleted a file that needed access to back in the day and used a freeware program to recover it.

The program detected it, and actually "recovered" it.

However, when I went to use it, unfortunately it was recovered as a corrupted file.

Just something to bear in mind when trying those free to try softwares...

Maybe start a thread, or look for a thread that talks about file recovery programs, and go from there :)

I hope that this bit of information helped.

Also, just for the record, I was recovering an .fla file from a USB key.
 
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