Can i retrieve my files after my lap top was

April 4, 2011 at 07:18:45
Specs: Windows XP
I had a virus on my lap top and did not save anything before I handed it in to be reformated; can I retrieve the files, folders etc ?

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#1
April 4, 2011 at 07:26:31
Maybe, but I suspect many files are not going to be in tact. There are data recovery programs that will retrieve data after a format, but when you install the operating system and begin adding your stuff, you are writing over and damaging the chances of recovering anything. "PC inspector" and "recuva" are free data recovery programs, but even installing them on your pc to try is not generally recommended. Ideally you would use a boot disc of sorts from a data recovery program, or put the hard drive in another computer to run the recovery. You may get some stuff back, but I think it will be limited.

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#2
April 4, 2011 at 12:49:54
Why not ask the person you "handed it in to" to backup your files before formatting? Just an FYI, just because your machine is infected doesn't mean it has to be formatted and the OS reinstalled.

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#3
April 4, 2011 at 14:13:50
I agree fully with response #2....just a word of caution. Try recovering BEFORE installing alot of programs because you will write over the files that can be recovered.

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