Recover data from my pc which was formatted several times

December 4, 2011 at 01:41:39
Specs: Windows xp
Please help me to recover data from my old hard disk drive , which was frmatted several time and also changed the operating systems

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#1
December 4, 2011 at 07:01:27
If the data you want has been overwritten several times with new installations and formatting operations, it's unlikely to be intact. But there are several file recovery apps you can try:

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filer...


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#2
December 10, 2011 at 18:10:48
When a drive is formatted, it is completely zeroed out. Even the CIA cannot recover the data that was there earlier because all the bits are changed to be zeros. It's blank.

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#3
December 10, 2011 at 21:06:10
@Rebel Jonny.......when a drive is formatted with XP, it does not fill the hard drive with 0's. Depending on what has been done, the data can be easily retrieved after an XP format, depends on the circumstance. Zero-filling a hard disk was not done in xp. Now Vista and Windows 7 perform a destructive format if you do not do a quick format; the longer format does in fact write the 0's, but the quick format is recoverable. As Rebels states a zero filled or formatted drive is not recoverable, but this is listed under xp. Based on what limited info has been provided I would say you may recover very little if anything as PIP22 says.

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#5
December 11, 2011 at 05:09:29
Just to add to what Johnr said, even if a drive is Zero filled, it is still possible to recover information. A single pass zero fill will leave residual magnetic information, that with the right equipment, can be used to recover the underlying data. This equipment is so technical and expensive the only organisation likely to to have it is the CIA and similar organisations.

That is why these security applications that clear a hard dsik recommend multiple passes with varying bit patterns so as to completely obliterate the underlying data.

Stuart


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#6
December 12, 2011 at 13:47:00
How do people know that you are the rightful owner of that data?

It's a good day when you learn something
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#7
December 12, 2011 at 15:50:32
I have some experiences about this I really just got to share...

The data is NOT lost from the drivesĀ“ physical layers and image, when the drive is formatted. What I strongly recommend is simply going to an actual data recovery firm, that specializes in data recovery, by use of hardware instruments. I did as such. DKC Data saved everything.
It can be expensive, but is worth the effort if your data really means a lot to you. Using software is not recommended, as it gives quite unsatisfying, maybe even useless, results, and at the SAME time it degrades the quality of the data on the hard drive, making it harder to perform a proper recovery.

DKC Data saved tons of data that I lost on several drives, back in 2005, and they use expensive technical instruments to perform the data recovery, instead of just petty software. I had first got a recovery made by software that returned me USELESS, defective files, and it worsened my situation, but even though they were still able to get the most of it.
Some info of their american department: http://www.dkcdata.com/cms/main.php


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#8
December 12, 2011 at 22:21:53
download and use this software to recover the data if you formatted several times...
softwae name : "EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional 4.3.6"

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#9
January 6, 2012 at 04:13:29
did you overwrote anything on the hard disk that you formatted? If yes, the recovery chances are negligible with any software, only backup of data would help. In case you have no backup, google up for a formatted data recovery software.

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