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overwritten files...can they be recovered?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by PK-her0, Apr 2, 2010.

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  1. PK-her0

    PK-her0 Thread Starter

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    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?
     
  2. cwwozniak

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    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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