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post #11 of 26
well.... i have to go now but i found this

http://www.velocityreviews.com/forum...y-mistake.html
one guy links to a few webpages that look semi promissing
you may need to lay down some cash... or however you 'get' software

i belive when i recovered a friends formated hd he only quick formated and i used bart PE boot disk with addons for recover..

ill try to help out more tomarrow, night all
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tell him not to even turn on the PC

take the hdd out and keep it safe (like paranoid safe)

then google some repair places

there are lots of websites that do it but it will probably cost you quite a bit
    
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post #14 of 26
You..... can still get the data back with certain tools. As long as you havn't wrote over the area of the HD where the data was on before the reformat with new stuff. If you want it professionally done then its going to cost you alot of $$$ but im sure there are some freeware applications out that you can use. Good luck
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Try this !!! It $50 but it sounds really good and Maximum PC HIGHLY recommends it for this exact thing. If that data is that important (which it sound like it is) it would be worth the $50.

All is not lost though. Just be careful before you try something so as not to mess it up for sure. IT CAN BE FIXED!!!!
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Isn't it when you format it just erases the sector that says where they all are so it looks like nothing's there and then when you put something on it it just erases it? If thats the case it should be some freeware somewhere to find the files if its on with another hard drive. If its been set up alread for use again then I think its to late. I had a friend try this but they already set the hard drive back up so it was a no go.
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Isn't it when you format it just erases the sector that says where they all are so it looks like nothing's there and then when you put something on it it just erases it? If thats the case it should be some freeware somewhere to find the files if its on with another hard drive. If its been set up alread for use again then I think its to late. I had a friend try this but they already set the hard drive back up so it was a no go.
There is a good chance that even if it has been written over buy something else that it can still be recovered. I am going to school for computers and oddly enough we had this very discussion today in class. It's not too late. Just don't try to do anything else with that drive. take it out as others have said until you find out what you are going to try.
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post #18 of 26
The only way everything would be lost is with a Zero fill, which you need a dos disk and some lines of code or a batch file to do. The problem with trying recover tools on formatted drives is that it pieces some things back together, though it will not have the name, file extention etc.

The best thing to do is move on, unless theres a lot of info that's worth $ to you. Depending on the program they'll sometimes differ between some file extention's atleast, but they'll probably be the more expensive ones.
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Written over as in having it set up again to be written to? Or are you talking about have the true/false marks on the hard drive (positvie or negative, binaray FTW) written over, since I would think it would be impossible if the individual charges were written over. Tell me if I'm understanding this correctly.
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post #20 of 26
Virtually any data is recoverable if you are willing to pay the price. The question is how much of it will be fragmented and unreadable once recovered. Usually the recovery process does not retrieve all data intact, so you will no doubt loose some, even if you pay a great deal of money to have it recovered.

As said there is hope though, so don't give up yet until you have explored all the options. It may be that there is some software out there that is free, or offers free trial use that could recover 80% of your data with 75% of that intact, or near intact. Just don't do anything else with the drive until you know what your options are.

If you can't wait, why not give this free software a try, or possibly this one, or this one. You may need to add the formatted HDD to another functioning PC to use some of this software.

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