Originally Posted by Atomagenesis
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.
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.Edited by guyladouche - 6/23/08 at 10:07am