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Solved: recover files from formatted drive

Discussion in 'General Security' started by dazz1, Dec 6, 2009.

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  1. dazz1

    dazz1 Thread Starter

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    there is a program called "recover my files" that boasts being able to recover files from a formatted disk, even if you have re-installed windows, is this really possible, is there no way of safely deleting data that doesnt involve destroying the HHD???
     
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    I've no personal experience, but claims made by quite a few of the makers of programs like you mentioned, support the statement that formatted drives / files can be recovered.....and, overwritten data, that is overwritten enough....is very hard to recover but still at least doable by those dedicated enough with the right tools.

    In our forums here at TechGuy, we are often asked for help with file recovery, and I have read threads where there was some success with data still being found.

    It depends....

    Some of the better Data suites claim that recovery of a whole partition is possible.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=reco...-us&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1


    There are also, very much more thorough file wiper utilities around that can "shred" files so they are much much less able to be recovered....

    Think hard before you install one.... they can instantly cause you a great deal of problems in the wrong hands so it computers areound yu are used by others.....you need to ensure some security.

    Or, use the file shredders after the computer is ready to be passed along, or sold.

    The only sure way is to physically destroy the drive, a tank would do a good job...... stick it in your woodstove for a few days....

    I dunno...personally, I still can use a laptop hard drive that was inside a laptop that exploded, and burned here in my home.

    It was in an IBM ThinkPad that had a bad battery and caught fire on my workbench! The whole laptop burned but the drive still works- and, we dumped buckets of water on the burning machine.... hard drives are very durable objects.
     
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