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Recover lost data from system restore

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had to restore computer and would not let me use my old backup i used. Had to clean install. Are there any programs were i can recover my formatted data? What are the best programs to use? price does not matter
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Question by:Woop Swag
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by:Rizzle
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I've used something called Recuva in the past and its worked fine. Recuva is used to undelete files from the OS. But i cannot guarantee it will work for you.

I've used another tool just incase the above doesn't work but i will post this tomorrow as i will need to get in touch with my colleague about it.
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by:jcimarron
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Woop Swag--
With all due respect your terminology is confusing.
A System Restore is described here.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/system-restore-faq#1TC=windows-7
It has nothing to do with using your Backup and Restore.  And it does not use an "old backup".
If you reinstalled the OS you have already wiped your harddrive.  Yes, it is possible that a use of Recuva may recover some of your files.
Something stronger is very expensive, like $1000 or more.
https://www.google.com/search?q=file+recovery+services
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by:nobus
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after a clean install, the only affordable software i know to recover the the data (that was not overwritten) is Getdataback : https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm
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by:Predrag Jovic
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@ctive recovery http://www.file-recovery.com/ in my case worked few times well (few times did not, but when it worked - did excellent job)
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noxcho earned 500 total points
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The chances to restore the erased data are minimal, because you have overwritten the data with the Windows installation. Still you can restore something from the disk. First of all stop writing anything to this drive.
Second, connect this drive as slave to another computer where you have already installed GetDataBack from the link given by nobus and run the scan of your slaved drive with it.
See what you can recover. With GetDataBack you can run even demo version to see if the data is there and only then purchase it.
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