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Alright, my sister mailed in her laptop to Gateway to have them fix a cosmetic thing (one of the two hinges holding the screen to the chassis had broken on her flight back to the States from Germany). Anyway, when she mailed it in, she had backed up her photos but had not thought they would go ahead and wipe her drive (what that has to do with fixing a hinge, I have no idea). Anyway, she didn't make a backup of her data with any cloning software (like Norton Ghost or Clonezilla) though she knows the value of it now. Do you guys know of any free (or practically free) software than can do data recovery like this? I found PhotoRec but didn't know if you guys had any other suggestions I can give her.
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If they did a low-level format, the data is as good as gone. However, I kinda doubt they did because it takes forever and a day to do a low level format. I had a partition table go bad on me a week ago, and I had all sorts of pictures, music, programs, etc. on that drive not backed up. I used Runtime's GetDataBack to recover the stuff. Just make sure you have an external drive handy to copy the files to.

The program, when you download it, is a trial, and it can do a scan to show you what stuff it found. If it can't find anything you need to recover, it's no loss, you don't have to buy it.
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Thanks man - I'll let her know about the program. For those who are interested, the PhotoRec is for recovering pictures from cameras and hard disks both. Apparently, you can use it as a sort of "Undelete" program for a camera or its cards. Thought that might help some of you just in case.
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Also try Recuva (from those that made CCleaner).

It did the job for me and its free too!
    
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PC Inspector is a great tool for file recovery, I've used it many times with success for pictures etc....

http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file...htm?language=1
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