Ho to recover every file after HP laptop has been formatted?

December 2, 2017 at 04:03:56
Specs: Windows 10
Please help me. My HP laptop was formatted today and i want all my valuable files back right now. Please help me anybody on how to recover files....They had some valuable photos from past fifteen years and now they are all gone.

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December 2, 2017 at 04:35:55
If you knew there were photos there, why did you format?

Nevertheless, start with this:


"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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December 2, 2017 at 06:05:18
Do not use the computer until you have tried recovering the files. Any activity will overwrite stuff - some will already be overwritten by the system.

Note that if you use recovery software you must save any files you find to a different drive, such as an external hard drive or a flash drive. If you save them onto the drive that was formatted then they will overwrite any others you are attempting to recover.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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December 2, 2017 at 06:17:14
Just so we're clear, formatting does not mean to reinstall Windows; it's one of the steps in the installation. Basically, formatting is the process used to prepare a drive to store data. If a drive already has data on it when it's formatted, all references to the files are lost. The files are technically still there but they can no longer be "seen". If Windows is installed or other data is stored on the drive, it overwrites the space used by these unseen files. If you continue to use the drive, more of the old files will be overwritten & they will be unable to be recovered. The software recommended above should recover any files that weren't overwritten or damaged.

Who formatted & why? There is ALWAYS a warning that states something like "all data will be lost! Do you want to continue?". Why was the warning ignored?

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