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Blackout nearly killed my friends HDD, need some help for recovery.

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hey dude whats hapennin, bf3 movies look pretty dope eh, listen something happened to my pc i have a blackout and all my music pictures and documents have been deleted! i tried system restore and backup but that just made it worse i think, and also i tried running pandora recovery and 60% of the files have been overwritten. now i dont really mind the pictures or docs but for some reason i can still play all my itunes music without haveing a default location for my music! and my user is gone?!! *** can you help a brotha out?
That basically sums up his problem and what he has tried. I've asked him to see if he can pull his SMART info to see if the drive is fully functional.

Any ideas? Cheers for input.
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umm, I don't think a blackout would do that. Maybe a virus.
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sounds like a virus to me too
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The first thing he should do is stop using the drive. Every time he writes to the drive he increases the chance of not recovering data. Using system restore probably did make it worse.

I am surprised just losing power ruined the hard drive that much, but stranger things have happened. Definitely do a virus scan just in case. Reading the drive wont affect the data.

I used Recuva when I accidentally formatted my drive and it worked pretty well(85-90% recovery). I imagine he wont have quite the same success though.

He will need to restore the recovered data to a separate hard drive or thumb drive or else he risks writing over the data he is trying to recover.
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