After performing cut and paste, can the data be recovered?

Posted on 2005-05-10
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I am having a laptop where I transfer the data to the other desktop using Cut and Paste function. But later, I found out that the data on the desktop was missing due to the failure of hard disk. So is that a way I can recover my data from my laptop because all the files already been transfered (Cut and paste) to the desktop. I'd tried to use the Ontrack data recovery to recover them but cannot. I need the data urgently. Thanks for your help.
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Cut and paste is a move.  If you moved them from system A to System B and System B's hard drive FAILED, then you cannot retrieve them without spending LOTS of money.  So the question becomes, how valuable is that data?  The ontrack software should have been able to tell you what it COULD recover and if it said nothing, then you likely aren't going to get it back on the original computer.  The failed hard drive would have to be sent to a data recovery service and they would recover the data (most likely - NOT DEFINITE!)  Costs can be on the order of $500 to $5000 or more.  Contact Ontrack for an idea.

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r-k earned 500 total points
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Just to be safe, don't use the laptop until you are sure you cannot recover the files from there. Try some recovery programs other than the one you tried so far.

There are several such programs available. Here's one you can try:


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nobus earned 500 total points
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here a list of recovery software; do not install or write anything onthe disc where the files reside that you want to recover !!
you may have to hook the drive on to another PC to do it   -- i've heard good things about Stellar

http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html                        Active undelete
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecovery.html                        flash recovery
http://www.ontrack.com/                                    ontrack
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                  Easy Recovery
http://www.cgsecurity.org                                    Test Disk + utils
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe                              zero assumption

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Not without a backup.
I agree the only way you may is with a 3rd party like Drive Savers but very expensive. and ontrack would have told you anyway.

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