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Old 02-05-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Help recovring files from HDD


Well Here's the thing. My lapop's graphics chip screwed up and I had to sent it to get repaired. Now the repairGuy tried to did good to me and Formated all my HDD and installed a freshcopy of windows 7(I previously had a lubuntu dual-booted with Xp). Now i had some files on the Xp partition so Is there an way to recover it now. (The files were wav files and probably wern't more then 10Mb in size) But were very important.
 
Old 02-05-2013, 11:34 AM   #2
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Recovering files immediately after delete or reformat is easy (many tools can do it), however as soon as you start writing to the drive you risk overwriting the sectors that contain the data you want to save. Since he installed an entire OS, and you have since been using that OS, there's a good chance that some of the files have already been overwritten and are now unrecoverable.

I've used photorec to recover files with great success in the past, and despite the name it can be used for recovering much more than just photos (including .wav files), so it's worth a shot. If you're stuck in Windows there are many tools that can do it there as well, but I don't have experience with them.
 
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Old 02-05-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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photorec. Absolutely wonderful. You'll likely loose filenames, but the files will be there. it's packaged with testdisk on all of the repos I have used.
 
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Old 02-05-2013, 01:51 PM   #4
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Since your hard drive was reformatted and Windows 7 was installed over it, presumably your XP partition is long gone, and your chance of recovering any files from it is minimal to none. But you can try running a LiveCD of some (almost any!) Linux distro: that will show you what partitions are now present and you can see what is on them.
 
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Well I tied every thing above. Spent most of the last night but couldn't find anything.
 
Old 02-08-2013, 07:06 AM   #6
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Really? Even with photorec? I'm a bit surprised, I have done the same in the past and photorec recovered many of the files, I just had to fix names.
 
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I don't see any chances that you will get the files back if Photorec wasn't able to find them.
 
  


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