Solved data recovery after sequential factory resets?

January 21, 2015 at 17:01:01
Specs: Windiws 7
My son systematically factory resets his laptop after every usage which I understand performs a quick format and reinstalls the OS. I'm not sure why he does this but what are the chances of recovering media files from the hard drive from 2 resets ago and he has continued to use the laptop since by downloading at least 3 full movie files. Will the data I want be recoverable?

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January 22, 2015 at 06:03:15
I'm not at al sure what gets overwritten during the factory reset/restore.

As regards computers running slow...

Many a time this is because there is load of stuff running the background; lots of stuff installed of which the user isn't aware... This is usually as a result of installing apps etc off the internet - using the "automatic" installation. That path invariably installs a load of totally unnecessary stuff - all in the guise of being helpfully installed... but in truth absolutely of no value...

Running a free (and safe to use) utilities can/will detect, delete them and restore the system to a decent performance...

Ccleaner, Adwcleaner, Junkware Removal Tool (JRT), Malwarebytes, being four regularly recommended here. They all have free versions. And then running say the free Kaspersky rescue disk at regular intervals will also dig out and remove other pests - which cannot be deleted when the OS is actually booted up. It's run from a Linux based dvd (it loads itself into RAM only and the hard drive is simply a resource to the RAM installed OS)...

There are other equally useful, safe to use, regularly recommended here, "free" utilities which can be used to advantage..

So perhaps encourage your son to duplicate stuff he wouldn't wish to lose - to dvd/external hard drive; also to regularly run diskcleanup in the OS itself; and also the above utilities. And of course never to allow "automatic installations; rather go custom/manual and uncheck all those (not so helpfully) prechecked boxes, and thus install only the required software - not al the included junk...



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January 21, 2015 at 17:26:54
" Will the data I want be recoverable?"
All you can do is try.

Do you have programs to try?

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January 21, 2015 at 19:37:54
Just in case you don't have recovery programs.

Top 10 FREE Data Recovery Software
https://www.raymond.cc/blog/top-10-...


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#3
January 22, 2015 at 02:06:50
No but will do. As a matter of interest does a reinstall put the operating system back on exactly the same disc space or will it write it back to different sectors?

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#4
January 22, 2015 at 03:47:44
Even if the recovery if successful to whatever degree.. would be wise to encourage your son to copy anything that he wouldn't like to lose to external storage. DVD is the usual first stop, and an external hard drive too is even nicer (better); and even better both media?

But why does he feel the need to regularly do factory resets?


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#5
January 22, 2015 at 05:13:29
Yes will instruct him too. He says it keeps the laptop from running slow. Forgotten he saved movie files. Does a reinstall of the OS write the same area of the disk - replace it exactly over the same space, if so Im assuming that movies could be recoverable?

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January 22, 2015 at 06:03:15
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I'm not at al sure what gets overwritten during the factory reset/restore.

As regards computers running slow...

Many a time this is because there is load of stuff running the background; lots of stuff installed of which the user isn't aware... This is usually as a result of installing apps etc off the internet - using the "automatic" installation. That path invariably installs a load of totally unnecessary stuff - all in the guise of being helpfully installed... but in truth absolutely of no value...

Running a free (and safe to use) utilities can/will detect, delete them and restore the system to a decent performance...

Ccleaner, Adwcleaner, Junkware Removal Tool (JRT), Malwarebytes, being four regularly recommended here. They all have free versions. And then running say the free Kaspersky rescue disk at regular intervals will also dig out and remove other pests - which cannot be deleted when the OS is actually booted up. It's run from a Linux based dvd (it loads itself into RAM only and the hard drive is simply a resource to the RAM installed OS)...

There are other equally useful, safe to use, regularly recommended here, "free" utilities which can be used to advantage..

So perhaps encourage your son to duplicate stuff he wouldn't wish to lose - to dvd/external hard drive; also to regularly run diskcleanup in the OS itself; and also the above utilities. And of course never to allow "automatic installations; rather go custom/manual and uncheck all those (not so helpfully) prechecked boxes, and thus install only the required software - not al the included junk...


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January 22, 2015 at 06:40:43
Thank you, very helpfull. I will give those a go and instruct him to duplicate!

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#8
January 22, 2015 at 14:49:03
"My son systematically factory resets his laptop after every usage"

Every usage? Daily? Weekly? Sorry, but what he's doing is not 'normal'. I'm surprised no one has commented about it. Could it be he's trying to hide something? Possibly attempting to cover up illegal downloading or porn viewing?

You didn't post the make/model or age of the laptop, but every time he does a factory reset, he's taking the computer "back in time". By that I mean, if the laptop is from 2010, the reset will take it back to 2010, in which case it will be 5 years behind in terms of Windows updates, security fixes, drivers updates, program updates, etc. Plus any software that's not included in the recovery image will have to be reinstalled from scratch & then that software will need to be updated. If he's properly bringing the system back up to date, each reset is probably taking several hours to complete.

IMO, what he's doing is highly suspicious & needs a better explanation than "I'm keeping it from running slow".


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#9
January 22, 2015 at 15:06:03
Advent Modena 2010. Frequency every couple of weeks . Thanks for the info. I assume updates will expand to other clusters and sectors on the drive so perhaps he may be attempting an overwrite of something without actually using a dedicated software. Will confiscate and investigate I think!! Thanks.

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#10
January 22, 2015 at 15:35:15
Will confiscate and investigate I think!!

I assume your son is a minor, right?

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