We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Formatted hard drive. Is there any way or any program that will recover e-mail and other data that "has been lost"?

Clunk
Clunk asked
on
213 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
Hi there,

I had a customers laptop which was playing up constantly. We came to the conclusion that the software (Windows 98) would have to be reloaded. I ask the customer what he needed backed-up (My Documents etc..) be he never told me to back up his contacts and -mails. After he collected the laptop about 1 hour later, i got a torrent of abuse down the phone. I now would very much like to know if there is anyway that this data can be found. The laptop has a fresh Win 98 install on it now but has not been setup to recieve e-mail or anything else.

Heres hoping!!

Mike Jones
Comment
Watch Question

Top Expert 2005

Commented:

Did you format the drive or installed on top?

Zee
Technical Architect
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Distinguished Expert 2019
Commented:
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION
Top Expert 2005

Commented:
Oops, you did format...

Disaster. No way to recover.

Zee
^^ Not completly true, most government spy/police agencies have ways to extract data from hard drives that has been written over up to 6 times. It has something to do with magnetic resounance and work similiar to how you can get audio off a tape that has been recorded over. However I don't think there are any commercially available hardware or software that can do this. http://www.drivesavers.com/ might be able to do it, but I think the technologies is mainly used by spooks.
Pete LongTechnical Architect
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Distinguished Expert 2019

Commented:
suggest Split PeteLong and d_illicit

Author

Commented:
Thanks All,

Found a program Called "Restorer 2000". Ran it on the C: drive and the results were suprising. Managed to recover data from not just the last format but also the format before that! Been putting it to the test on other machines and it works well.

Thanks again everyone!

Clunk.
Pete LongTechnical Architect
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Distinguished Expert 2019

Commented:
ThanQ
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.