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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-10-2015, 09:47 PM - Thread Starter
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As the title implies - I have some data to recover from a harddrive. I recently formatted it and now realize it had some kid photos I need to rescue. I'm not interest in any random free software - I'm willing to shell out some$$ for something good, but I'm interested in all the marketing crap from answers on Quora

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-best-commercially-available-data-recovery-software

and sites like this I have come to learn are anything but unbiased.

http://data-recovery-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

Nor am I interested in something "it's free but it's also good" no - unless it's been verified somehow against heavy duty commercial grade software and you have a review link I'd like something more useful than google.

Any suggestions on what I should use for heavy duty data recovery? Any links to relatively unbiased software reviews would be great, thanks. smile.gif

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Paying for recovery software just to pull data from a formatted drive is the same as burning money.

Formatting doesn't touch your data, it's all there, just not indexed, and there are a dozen free programs that will let you recover all of it without much fuss.

If you actually overwrote it, any overwritten data is just gone. Chances are the NSA would find it a lost cause even if they thought you were the Caliph of the Islamic State and were in the middle of planning a nuclear attack on Christmas spirit and apple pie.

If you have partially overwritten/physically damage data this is where some software suites that cost money can be justified, as they might make putting the pieces that can be recovered back together into something you might be work with a lot easier.

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If all you did was lose the partition data then you can get that fixed fairly easily using TestDisk on your Linux distribution of choice. If you have already written new data on top of it then you will have to shell out bucks I would imagine. I'm pretty sure there are places you can send the drive to, but if I recall correctly it costs about as much as a new computer or more.

I used my trusty LXLE live USB stick on my keychain and installed TestDisk and recovered the partition after doing a quick search for a step by step guide. It just looks for the signatures of the old partition system and restores it. For me it didn't make it bootable again but that wasn't importatn for me and I'm guessing the same for you. After it found it and I told it to write the changes to the partition information I was able to go into the file manager and copy the files over to another USB stick and I was done.

I'm pretty sure I used this guide - https://maanojrakhit.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/testdisk-step-by-step-cgsecurity/ It all works from the terminal. It seems it can be run from other operating systems as well. I would do this if you haven't tried repartitioning it yet.

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Ok, I just grabbed one that is supposed to perform well. Thanks for the advice guys.

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Ok, I read a review last week. Hope it is useful to you. Good luck. http://imyfone-data-recovery-for-iphone.software.informer.com/
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You can ask a Windows or Mac data recovery for help if you store the important photos on computer harddrive.
However, for iPhone or other iOS devices, a data recovery iPhone tool can assist you to get out of trouble as well.
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