Harddrive accidently reformatted

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stacy32539

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My harddrive was accidenally reformatted. I Need to be able to recover data from my outlook express email program. Any ideas on how I might be able to do this the cheapest way possible. Cannot afford to take to professional recovery service.
Tried to find programs that might do this but again very expensive.
Thanks for any help !
 
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If the hard drive has been reformatted as far as I am aware your data has gone for good, but as I have found out before on this forum there are quite alot of knowlegable people out there who might disagree with me.
 
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Formatting a hard drive does not destroy the data. However, to my knowledge you cannot retrieve it without handing it over to a professional data recovery company, which will almost always give you a four-figure estimate for the labor.
 
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these recovery programs are for drives that have gone bad, not for ones that you erased, I'm pretty sure youre out of luck.
 

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JohnWill said:
It depends on how you formtted it. If you did a "full" format that writes every sector, then it's a longshot that you'll see the data. However, if you did a "quick" format that only takes a minute or so, the data is still there. A free one that I've used in the past is PC Inspector, and here's a raft of choices that will take a bite out of your wallet.


http://www.recovermyfiles.com/

http://www.stellarinfo.com/

http://www.runtime.org/
actually $70 isnt all that much to get your stuff back, whats a full format? is that the same as a low level format or writting zeros to drive? just wondering
 

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When you format in Windows, you get the option of a "quick" format or a standard format. The "quick" option just zeros out the directory entries and leaves the data intact.
 

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partition magic can restore "quick" formated partitions. Johnwill is right the only way used to be is use the format /u and that made recovery nearly *impossibe*.
 
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