Recover Outlook .PST after format and reinstall

Posted on 2011-04-29
Last Modified: 2014-04-03
A client of mine has formatted his PC, reinstalled Windows, and reinstalled Office 2003. He did not have a backup of his .PST file. Is there any way for that file to be recovered, or is he unfortunately out of luck?

Any help greatly appreciated. I did try tools such as GetDataBack to no avail.
Question by:xbhack
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    Accepted Solution

    Try recuva. But your probably out of luck. The chances that something the size of a pst isn't overwritten are pretty slim.
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    Because of the size of a pst file it is probably damaged.
    However i would try Active Undelete 5.  When I got married I had all of our wedding pictures on my computer.  i thought I had backed them up to a CDROM.  formatted windows 2000 and install XP.  I woke up in the middle of the night in a sweat realizing one CD couldn't hold all those pictures.  I downloaded a trial of Active Undelete and had some success recovering pictures so I bought a copy, I am happy to report I recoverd almost all of the wedding photos.
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