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Any way to recover photos after a factory restore on a HP computer?

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My gf has a Hewlett Packard computer that was messing up on her with various bsod's etc and she asked me to restore it, which I did through hitting f11 and restoring it to factory defaults, but not before she backed up all her digital photos to a cd. Is there any way paid or free to recover the photos from the hard drive now? I thought she already backed them up. We are willing to even pay for a service to recover the digital photos.
    
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I would first try using Revuca by placing her hard drive into one of your computers, so that you avoid writing anything else to that drive. If you have no luck there, there are plenty of professional recovery places that would be happy to do the work for you - but for a price. I would try self-recovery first.
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You can take out the HD and use what we have deemed at my company "the magic tool." Basically it is a USB to IDE/SATA converter, you just plug it into any USB port and see the HD as an external HD, then use that to take the data off, that way if her system is corrupted by any other means, even software related, you can still get the data off easily. That is what most professionals use unless the HD is actually bad, which then you would have to take it to a clean room data removal specialist, which costs a lot.

But if you restored it to factor defaults, I guess the fresh install of the OS from the factory? If that is the case, then you have pretty much lost all chances of getting the photos back.

BEHOLD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ion=USB+to+IDE
Edited by Atomagenesis - 6/23/08 at 9:33am
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the main thing is DO NOT USE THE COMPUTER... until you have attempted recovery like memtioned above with a USB to IDE/SATA adapter.

If you use the computer you significantly decrease your chances of actually recovering you data.

There are ways of getting formatted HD data back but everytime you read or write the HD you decrease the chances of success.
You should seriously consider how much those pictures are worth to you.

You best option would be a professional company, however it will cost you a fair bit.
Edited by Sparhawk - 6/23/08 at 9:40am
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Once you re-install, it is quite unlikely that you will be able to pull any old data off of it without taking it to a data recover house. The prices start ~$1500.

There are a few tools to try and recover data, but they do not work (IME) once you have written over the partition.
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Originally Posted by Atomagenesis View Post
You can take out the HD and use what we have deemed at my company "the magic tool." Basically it is a USB to IDE/SATA converter, you just plug it into any USB port and see the HD as an external HD, then use that to take the data off, that way if her system is corrupted by any other means, even software related, you can still get the data off easily. That is what most professionals use unless the HD is actually bad, which then you would have to take it to a clean room data removal specialist, which costs a lot.

But if you restored it to factor defaults, I guess the fresh install of the OS from the factory? If that is the case, then you have pretty much lost all chances of getting the photos back.

BEHOLD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...ion=USB+to+IDE
It's not that simple. You can't just plug the drive into another computer and voila, all the files will show up--it's going to require a program to properly read through the volume info recorded on the inner sectors (where the volume info is typically located if I remember correctly--which is one of the areas that is overwritten or "corrected" by the recovery software). So plugging the drive into another Windows computer (not sure about Linux) and dragging/dropping the files is not an option as windows will read the volume info from those sectors, and any files that existed before the recovery will not seem to exist in windows explorer.

I used a "free" data recovery program one time on a computer at work--it's only free to scan the drive for possibly recoverable data--you had to buy the program to recover the data--which we never did. But there are options, I just can't recommend one because I've never used it. But if it were me, I'd find a program that you can use freely to scan--to see if there are any files worth recovering, and then pay for it if you find it worth it.
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