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    One of my clients has formatted their drive and backed up the wrong folder. As a result, they have lost important data.

    What tools are out there that may retrieve this data? It's on a Windows 7 box.



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    Re: Retrieve lost data from formatted drive

    FIRST - disconnect the drive or power down the computer (do not do a normal shutdown as files may be overwritten)

    SECOND - for "formatted drive recovery" and look at the tools available - I have had good results with OnTrack, but there are many others

    THIRD - install the tool you choose on a different PC and connect the drive to it, then check what files can be recovered. Alternatively contact a specialist data recovery service

    MOST IMPORTANTLY - set your client expectations - they f**ked up, not you, and any data you manage to recover is a bonus!
    Tom Jones
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    Ossian Ltd

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    • #3
      Re: Retrieve lost data from formatted drive

      if it's jujst a format, then GetDataBack will be your best bet.
      In it's trial state, it will let you see what dagta can be recovered, then you pay the $50us or whatever it is.

      As ossian said though, don't re-partition the drive or do anything to the source drive.
      get a second drive, ghost the original
      and then a third drive to recover content onto
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      • #4
        Re: Retrieve lost data from formatted drive

        If you do get a successful recovery make a big deal about how difficult it was. I had a mate (yes, I do have ONE ) who recovered AUD$800,000 worth of data and didn't even get a thank you.
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