How to recover all information on Hard drive

Toshiba / Satellite pro l300
May 12, 2010 at 14:24:30
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2.128 GHz / 1013 MB
Can anyone help,

I recently had a problem with my laptop, were a registry key was deleted and i lost my (administrator) log in profile.

I had to reboot and take my laptop back to its factory settings using a restore point cd i had.

Since i have done this, i have found that all information previously held on the hard drive has been deleted/lost. Information included, photos, music and word documents.

Has anyone got any suggestions on how to retrieve this information........?????


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#1
May 12, 2010 at 14:37:35
You don't. Re imaging a computer wipes the files. You could try some data recovery programs but there are no guarantees. I like Unerase or Undelete....

http://www.google.com/search?client...


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#2
May 13, 2010 at 06:32:23
I tried all the free progs and they were quite useless.

File scavenger works great but it will cost you $49 to buy. I used it on a clients pc (she bought the license) and recovered 8 yrs of photos, music & documents. Unlike other programs, this one gave the actual file names. The only problem is, it only works on one pc....kind of a rippoff for the price I would say.

You can try the trial though to SEE what is still recoverable on your hd.
Don't forget, the more programs you add to the new installation, the LESS chance you have of recovering your files as they will be over written.

Some HELP in posting on Computing.net plus free progs and instructions Cheers


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#3
May 13, 2010 at 15:48:04
"The only problem is, it only works on one pc....kind of a rippoff for the price I would say."
Cost apart, that's ridicules when you're trying to earn a living having to buy a new copy every time you work on a client's pc.
It's only a tool you use like a screwdriver or a multimeter and had to bin it after each use.

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May 13, 2010 at 15:58:31

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#5
May 14, 2010 at 08:21:32
"Cost apart, that's ridicules when you're trying to earn a living having to buy a new copy every time you work on a client's pc."

Well you should have backed up the data before you started and you would not need this "TOOL" in the first place. If you do this for a living you should know this.

If the client called you after the fact then they should be billed for the cost.


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#6
May 14, 2010 at 13:30:14
It is kind of a shame that MS and OEM computer makers use the term restore for two very different meanings.

A "restore point" to MS is a safe way to try to repair your computer. Use help and support to see how to perform this task. It can be reversed.

A "restore cd or partition" is quite a different task. It will in most cases return your system to OEM state.

THERE are computers that actually save all your original data on some directory. I think E-machines do that and some others.


If you used MS's restore point then the data ought to be there.

If you used the restore cd to return to OEM state then see owners manual. It may have saved data to some place.

Otherwise you'd need to maybe un-partition/unformat or other unlikely task.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)


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