Solved File recovery after formatting

Toshiba Satellite c655-s5082 laptop
May 27, 2012 at 03:22:26
Specs: Windows 7, 1GB
Hi everyone,
I want to formate a laptop which only display a black screen which shows repair and start windows normally. I tried both but it only takes long time and doesn't fix the problem.
But the problem is that I have some important files on desktop, so when reinstalling my new OS if install without formating the drive will my files still be still there?
If not please help me which software can recover this documents after formating my laptop.
Hop to hear answer from community so that I can start formatting my laptop.

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May 27, 2012 at 05:33:18
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It is best to recover your files BEFORE formatting, that way you should be able to recover all or most of the files, after, you may be more limited.
To recover your files before formatting:
Prepare a CD or DVD with a Live Linux on it on another computer. Puppy Linux will fit on a CD and I recommend it. You then boot to the CD (you may need to reset your BIOS to boot from the CD and 'hit any key to boot from CD/DVD'). You do NOT want to install the operating system, just run it off the CD and your RAM. Once you are running within the Puppy Linux, you then 'Mount' your Windows drive that has the files you need (verify by the drive's size and avoid your recovery partition and boot partition) and begin copying your files to a USB drive. When you are done, make sure you 'Unmount' the drive, Unmount and remove the USB drive, and shut down.

To recover files AFTER you have formatted:
Use Recurva which is a free recovery program that will scan your hard drive. This will be more successful if you did a quick format since this does not write in every sector like the more in depth format options. Understand that any saving of files, including reinstalling your operating system can overwrite existing files making them unrecoverable. Also you will find that recovery programs like Recurva will find more common files types Photos, Music, and Word Files much more often than they will find less common files types. So recovering your files types first is best.

If you reinstall without formatting:
Ideally windows will put all existing files into a folder named 'Old Windows', but I would definitely try to recover the files first and do a clean install if possible.

BEFORE reinstalling, you may be able to FIX your current installation:
If you made a Windows 7 Repair Disk when the computer was new, you can boot to that and do a Start Up Repair or a System Restore from the Repair Disk. This is a powerful tool that Microsoft was smart to offer, but your computer when new should have insisted (repeatedly) that you make as well as a back up of your files (do this going forward). If you did not make the Repair Disk, you still can make one from another Windows 7 computer as long as they are both 32bit or 64bit versions. For more details, please ask.

Purchase an external hard drive to use as a back up so you will not be in this predicament.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 27, 2012 at 06:07:28
Recovery of files before formating and reinstall of the OS is the only reasonable course of action. Recovery later will be much more difficult and in many cases not possible at all.

Actually you should always have a backup of important files. Hard drives fail, often without warning or apparent cause, and there are other causes of data loss as well. You need to be prepared when, not if, something happens. Having a single copy of important files is asking for trouble. For particularly important files you should have 2 or more backup copies.

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May 27, 2012 at 10:28:36
Boot to a live cd/usb to access the files if you can.

Run a memory diag and a hard drive diag then decide how to proceed.

Hang up and live.

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May 28, 2012 at 04:09:25
It is better to recover your files before formatting. I always use Norton Ghost to recover files. It is good. You can use that.

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May 28, 2012 at 07:50:37
Thank you all for good knowledge. I will always keep this point in my mind.

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August 15, 2012 at 13:02:27
I have a Ghost version 9 CD. Is it still usuable. I really do not care for Norton Products, but in case I need to create a Ghost image, I need to know if it is still good?


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