Recover Data from a formatted and reloaded Computer

Posted on 2007-08-06
Last Modified: 2013-11-05
Good Day
I have a client that didnt want to listen to me and she let someone else reload her PC
Bad News is that he didnt backup her data before he reloaded the PC and now I am sitting with the problem

How can I recover data from a formatted and Reloaded Windows XP System

The Previous Installation gave issues and therefore it was needed for a reload however the data was not backed up

Please Assist
Question by:wesgate
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    Accepted Solution

    see you can always recover data IF its not overwritten.
    the new installation must have over-written the previous data.....and that must have lost already.
    but there can be chances, that some of it can be still recovered because it was not being over-written by the installation.

    so take out the drive, slave it in another system, install any good data recovery software, like Get DataBack, PC Inspector or Ontrack Data Recovery and check out the results.
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    Assisted Solution

    As stated above, the chances are slim, but if only the OS has been restored they are still there, as it is likely your data was towards the end of the Disk, and the OS only has overwritten what is at the front.

    You'll have to remove the disk from the PC and attach it as a 2nd disk to another PC, then run getdataback (also mentioned above, it is the best recovery software around, for a reasonable price). The trial version of Getdataback will scan the "bad" disk, and it will at the end of the scan show you what can be recovered. If you really are satisfied that you want to recover that data, buy and register the software, and then you will be able to copy the data off from that disk.

    When done, put it back into the original PC and copy the data you saved to the other PC back onto this disk.

    Author Comment

    Thats What I told my client and if I do recover her very very important data I will Definitely charge her alot cos its not my fault that the dude messed up her drive

    It looks like this system will work so I will accept the solution even though I get nothing recovered as we no the longer u wait the deeper the damage
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    Expert Comment

    You should really at least split the points between shehar and me, as he basically said the same as I did, but he was first. Maybe my explanation was more detailed. I'll reopen the Q so you can distribute the points more fairly.

    Thanks anyway.

    EE Zone Adviser Storage.

    Author Comment

    My Apologies I Do agree and I will do it fairly and I was too in a hurry to close the question I will close fairly thanks
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    Expert Comment

    Your welcome, thanks.

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