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My cousintried adding an additional hard drive (Western Digital) It was the first time they ever opened a computer up............. Novice they installed the hard drive. They ran the Data lifegaurd software that comes with the hard drive. That is the point where I got the computer. All data is gone. I imagine the software fdisked the existing drive instead of transfering the data. Both drives are WD drives by the way. Any suggestions on recovering the data. I haven't even tried yet, but I imagine the data lifegaurd software probably has a way to undo what it did. I also know there are 3rd party software out there to recover data after fdisk formatting or viruses. I have no idea which one is best though. Thanks in advance.  Shawn
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Try one of these tools (with expert's recommendations): http:Q_21014635.html#11240391
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Do you or anyone prefer one of those programs over the other.
BTW the hard drive had Win98SE loaded - Fat32
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I was lookinging at all the software ang saw a 5 star recomendation for restorer2000. I'm leaning towards that one but feel free to let me know if you prefer another.
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Restorer 2000 has saved me on three occasions (not my pc personally, but some I work with).
GetDataBack has also been a lifesaver - but one time it did not work and yet Restorer2k still did.

Most of these have a trial version that will allow you to recover 'some' data (typically a small KB limit) or at least view what it could recover if purchased.
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restorer2000 worked great. It recovered allmost every file! Luckily everything they needed was restored. Thanks a million.
Shawn
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Awesome!  Glad to hear it.
Thanx.
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