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It depends on the kind of formatting you did before reinstalling.
Recuva may work, but if you did a proper format and install you wont get anything. If you did a lazy format and install there may be something left.
However, every new byte of data put on that computer reduces the chances you can get the pictures back.
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lemme know what you find out just did the same thing
    
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post
It depends on the kind of formatting you did before reinstalling.
Recuva may work, but if you did a proper format and install you wont get anything. If you did a lazy format and install there may be something left.
However, every new byte of data put on that computer reduces the chances you can get the pictures back.
Well XP has "quick format" or "full format"

but Windows 7 only gives you one type... I clicked on the pink eraser and the format took like literally 2 or 3 seconds... that's it.
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Originally Posted by PhilWrir View Post
It depends on the kind of formatting you did before reinstalling.
Recuva may work, but if you did a proper format and install you wont get anything. If you did a lazy format and install there may be something left.
However, every new byte of data put on that computer reduces the chances you can get the pictures back.
True. I always just do a quick format and boy am I glad I do. I once formatted the wrong HDD (had two external USB HDD's connected to the PC). I at least had the presence of mind to recognize my error before I had written anything to the drive. I was able to recover all the files on the drive and all the md5 hashes matched.
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Any luck, buddy?
    
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The way i understand a hdd is, picture looking out over a gulf course and seeing all the flags in the holes ( your data ). Now when you formatt all your doing is removing the flags but the data still exists untill it's been written over, the os can't find the data because the flag has been removed.
Using Recuva or easeus might, depending on, data written to the drive recover some/ all of it. You will never know untill you try.
And for future reference use a 0 fill program with two pass if you ever sell the hdd.
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post #17 of 20
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I ran EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard and it gave me 116 different partitions... it takes a while to load each one and I don't really want to go over every one of them, I don't even know where to search for it.

Here are some screenshots, I'm gonna try the Recuva program to see if its easier.



post #18 of 20
I guess it would be a good idea to check the first 2 and the last 2 partitions.
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I used the Recuva program and "recovered" 1,468 files (2.59 GB), I had to individually check which pictures I wanted and since I couldn't preview any of them, I checked the basic formats like IMG_xxx.jpg , etc.

I recovered them to my external hard drive, but none of the pictures can be opened, except for maybe 2 or 3. Those can be previewed and opened with windows photo viewer, the rest cannot. I tried opening it with microsoft picture viewer and it just gives me a red x
post #20 of 20
Good practice to write them to an external drive when recovering, make sure you carry on doing that.

and I'd guess those files were corrupted. In recuva it should tell you the state of the file, and from experience unless they're listed as OK they won't be usable afterwards.

Try just doing a deep scan (using Recuva) on the whole hard drive and search for .jpg

So, in 'options > Actions tab' in Recuva, tick the box 'scan for undeleted files' and 'deep scan'

Hopefully it will find a few more.

Obviously it's key throughout this whole process to try and minimise writes to the disk, so don't go moving anything around on the disk or anything (recovering to external is okay)

Good luck, losing your stuff is a horrible feeling (losing someone else's even worse I imagine...)
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