after format lost everything help

Hewlett-packard / A6230n
June 21, 2011 at 19:25:34
Specs: Windows vista home, ?
did a format on a friends computer lost everything how to get it back plus internet connection saying something about having 2 interface cards ????? how do i get all her stuff back never did this before in my life

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#1
June 21, 2011 at 20:36:32
That what a format does for you. It wipes everything off a hard drive in preparation for a new install of your OS and programs. You should have done your research before formatting.

Go HERE and download Recuva. You could be lucky and get some of the info back, if it has not already been overwritten.

Good luck.


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#2
June 21, 2011 at 20:41:10
Like Terii said, this is exactly what a format does. Wipes everything off the computer. You may be able to recover some files but you've overwritten a lot of data when you installed the operating system. The more programs you install, the more data is overwritten, the less likelihood of recovering your files.

As far as the two interface cards, is there a wireless network device installed? Is there an additional network card installed besides the onboard network controller? Take a look at the back of the computer, how many Ethernet ports are there?


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#3
June 22, 2011 at 00:39:00
... for drivers download them from the manufacturers website.
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#4
June 22, 2011 at 06:33:56
there's just one ethernet cord no wireless she doesn't know how to use the computer to begin with so that's out i always thought that windows vista or whatever it maybe windows ??? hes is vista when it there all those programs come with it am i wrong???? thanks so much for everyone's help i sure need it i'm trying to do this all myself for her. keep the answers coming

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#5
June 22, 2011 at 06:36:37
terri how do i download that when i'm on my home computer now and hers is at her house i'm going to be bringing her computer home with me today so it's right beside me i surely didn't think of that last night when i left yes the question is how do i download that and get it on her computer

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#6
June 22, 2011 at 06:51:13
oh i just thought about this too if i bring her computer here & hook it up to mine whatever made hers stop working can that virus, worm or whatever it was go into mine?????? or is it gone after format?????

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#7
June 22, 2011 at 06:52:03
You need to find the exact make/model of the computer (if it's an unbranded one then you need to start off by finding the make/model of the motherboard and any add-on cards). Then, on your computer, go to the manufacturer's website, look under the 'support' section for 'drivers'. Download (but don't install) available driver packages - if there's a choice of more than one for each section then download all of them - and save them on a memory stick or burn them to CD. Then put the memory stick CD into your friend's computer and run each package to install the drivers - start off with any 'chipset' ones. They usually come in a 'zipped' form that just need opening & extracting, sometimes there' a 'set-up' program, sometimes it's all automatic & others you have to 'add driver' in Device Manager.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#8
June 22, 2011 at 07:04:07
@ johnr1 thanks i will look when i get to her house later this afternoon i am going to bring it back here with me so it's side by side if possible i need to know if i hook hers up to mine with extra cords i have will whatever was on hers go onto mine i surely don't need a collapse of mine and i know hers is a dell laptop she just got it last yr sometime but i will look

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#9
June 22, 2011 at 07:50:22
Your post is very difficult to read without punctuation, so I'm not sure what you mean by "will whatever was on hers go onto mine" as I thought you'd formatted and reinstalled. Don't bother trying to 'connect with cables' unless you know how to configure them, it's far easier to use a memory stick as I mentioned above.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#10
June 22, 2011 at 07:58:55
what i meant was whatever the virus, worm trojan or what it was if i connect to my computer meaning connect to my modem thru the ethernet like i have my home laptop connected i will unconnect mine to connect hers will anything corrupt go into mine if i formatted hers already all i did so far with hers is get rid of everything i don't know how to put the stuff back i found her windows disk that came with the computer and am trying to re-install it that's it so far and trying to set up the internet again this is ll new to me i NEVER did this before. so sorry for pucuation i'm trying to word it the best i can

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#11
June 22, 2011 at 09:05:49
If you did format it then everything, including any viruses, would have gone. The internet probably won't work until you install the correct drivers, though Win7 is pretty good at identifying a lot of the hardware. Still try & make sure you install the chipset drivers before any others - it makes a difference in the long run.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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