Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › Any way to recover files if already formatted?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Any way to recover files if already formatted?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
So my friend asked me to format and reinstall windows 7 on his HP DV4 laptop because it was running slow and supposedly had a virus on it. He told me to transfer all his files on my external HDD.. I transferred the pictures on the desktop, his music, and his videos. But he had a bunch of pictures in "My Pictures" and I was running on 2 hours of sleep and somehow forgot to transfer those.

I formatted the HDD, and installed a fresh copy of Windows 7 64 bit and gave the laptop back to him. He called me just now and told me that his music and vids are there but no pictures. I double checked and sure enough, there were no pictures on my hard drive either.

Is there ANY possible way for me to get them back or am I completely screwed? I feel terrible about this.

I still have the recovery disks from HP if that helps...
Edited by ov3rclock - 3/12/11 at 8:53pm
post #2 of 20
Very unlikely. You formatted the drive and installed windows again so most likely they are gone.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 760 GA-H55N GTX 470 PNY Optima 8GB 
Hard DriveMonitorPowerCase
Spinpoint F4 LG227WTG sg07 PSU Sugo sg07 
Mouse
CM Sentinel 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 760 GA-H55N GTX 470 PNY Optima 8GB 
Hard DriveMonitorPowerCase
Spinpoint F4 LG227WTG sg07 PSU Sugo sg07 
Mouse
CM Sentinel 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 20
Thread Starter 
Damn.
post #4 of 20
Thread Starter 
post #5 of 20
I dont believe so, maybe someone else can chime in with a better answer, but once you rewrite to the hard drive (reinstalling windows 7 in this case) as far as i know the likelihood of recovering something you needed is not good.
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 760 GA-H55N GTX 470 PNY Optima 8GB 
Hard DriveMonitorPowerCase
Spinpoint F4 LG227WTG sg07 PSU Sugo sg07 
Mouse
CM Sentinel 
  hide details  
Reply
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
I5 760 GA-H55N GTX 470 PNY Optima 8GB 
Hard DriveMonitorPowerCase
Spinpoint F4 LG227WTG sg07 PSU Sugo sg07 
Mouse
CM Sentinel 
  hide details  
Reply
post #6 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by ov3rclock View Post
Was about to post just that. Yea, one of the deleted file recovery software should help you out.
Mystery Machine
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom X4 970 BE Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 MSI GTX460 Cyclone OC G.Skill RipjawsX 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Kingston UV400 240GB+Seagate Barracuda 1TB+WD B... LG HL-DT-ST GH24NS72 lapped TRUE 120 Windows 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ G2220HD Razer Lycosa Mirror Corsair TX650 V2 Corsair Carbide 400R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Fragged Onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
Mystery Machine
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom X4 970 BE Gigabyte 990XA-UD3 MSI GTX460 Cyclone OC G.Skill RipjawsX 4GB 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Kingston UV400 240GB+Seagate Barracuda 1TB+WD B... LG HL-DT-ST GH24NS72 lapped TRUE 120 Windows 7 Pro x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ G2220HD Razer Lycosa Mirror Corsair TX650 V2 Corsair Carbide 400R 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Razer Deathadder 3.5G Razer Goliathus Fragged Onboard 
  hide details  
Reply
post #7 of 20
I think you're probably up to buy him a new camera to make up for this.
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 D0 stepping @ 4.+GHz ASUS Rampage III Extreme + EK-FB-R3E water block MSI GTX 480s in 3-Way SLI Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback DDR3 1600 6GB (3 x 2GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB ASUS CD/DVD burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (Triple) ASUS VW266H 19x12 each @ 5760 x 1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Comfort Wave 450 Black (Dual) Corsair HX1000s Mountain Mods Ascension (modded) Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
(Dual) XTracPads Ripper XXL 
  hide details  
Reply
    
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i7 920 D0 stepping @ 4.+GHz ASUS Rampage III Extreme + EK-FB-R3E water block MSI GTX 480s in 3-Way SLI Mushkin Enhanced Ridgeback DDR3 1600 6GB (3 x 2GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB ASUS CD/DVD burner Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (Triple) ASUS VW266H 19x12 each @ 5760 x 1200 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech Comfort Wave 450 Black (Dual) Corsair HX1000s Mountain Mods Ascension (modded) Logitech MX518 
Mouse Pad
(Dual) XTracPads Ripper XXL 
  hide details  
Reply
post #8 of 20
Try this: Recuva. Use the Deep Scan option and hope for the best. It should be recoverable even if you reformatted, unless the data was overwritten.
The Dude Abides
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II X4 620 @ 3.38 Ghz 1.360 vCore ASUS M3N72-D nForce 750a GTX 460 HAWK 930/1860/2200 @ 1.087v (+ 30 AUXv) Kingston DDR2 8500 4GB (2x 2GB) 5-5-5-18-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x Barracuda 7200.12 1TB RAID 0 ASUS DRW-B1ST Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit LG W2040T 1600 x 900 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech K120 Corsair AX750 Corsair Obsidian 700D + 800D Side Panel Microsoft Optical/MX518 
Mouse Pad
Staples Brand $4.99 
  hide details  
Reply
The Dude Abides
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon II X4 620 @ 3.38 Ghz 1.360 vCore ASUS M3N72-D nForce 750a GTX 460 HAWK 930/1860/2200 @ 1.087v (+ 30 AUXv) Kingston DDR2 8500 4GB (2x 2GB) 5-5-5-18-2T 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x Barracuda 7200.12 1TB RAID 0 ASUS DRW-B1ST Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit LG W2040T 1600 x 900 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech K120 Corsair AX750 Corsair Obsidian 700D + 800D Side Panel Microsoft Optical/MX518 
Mouse Pad
Staples Brand $4.99 
  hide details  
Reply
post #9 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks, I will try the EASEUS program first... will let you guys know. Hopefully it works but I doubt it.
post #10 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eugenester View Post
Try this: Recuva. Use the Deep Scan option and hope for the best. It should be recoverable even if you reformatted, unless the data was overwritten.
This. If you had only formatted the drive, chances are good you'll be able to recover the data. Unfortunately, the fact that you've installed Windows 7 on top of it is going to majorly hurt those chances.
Garnet
(11 items)
 
Lucifiel
(13 items)
 
Metatron
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
Case
Rosewill R101-P-BK 
  hide details  
Reply
Garnet
(11 items)
 
Lucifiel
(13 items)
 
Metatron
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5-3450S Intel DQ77KB Corsair 16GB DDR3 1600 SO-DIMM Samsung 830 256GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Crucial m4 256 mSATA Samsung 840 500GB Intel BXHTS1155LP Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
KeyboardCaseMouse
Logitech K800 Lian Li PC-Q05B Logitech M570 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Gigabyte GA-H55N-USB3 EVGA GTX 460 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x4GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSPowerCase
G.SKILL Phoenix Pro 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Silverstone ST45SF 450W Silverstone Sugo SG05B 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i7-860 Biostar TH55B HD MSI GT 240 1GB GDDR5 Kingston 2x2GB DDR3 1333 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Intel X25-M 120GB Windows 7 Ultimate x86 Samsung 22" Antec EA-380D 
Case
Rosewill R101-P-BK 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Hard Drives & Storage
Overclock.net › Forums › Components › Hard Drives & Storage › Any way to recover files if already formatted?