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Data Recovery

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Dick Quickwood, Mar 6, 2004.

  1. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    my hard drive was re-formatted. i am looking for data recovery programs that can deal with this kind of thing. el mammero, i understand you once had a similair situation with your macintosh ?

    here is a link to information about a data recovery demo i am now downloading: http://www.data-recovery-software.net/Data..._Download.shtml
  2. Dirty_habiT

    Dirty_habiT Administrator

    Joined: Mar 8, 2001 Messages: 18,136 Likes Received: 82
    Hey, just don't create any new files on your disk... all deleting stuff does is marks the beginning of the sector as empty, even though the information is still there.... which is way those military grade file wiping programs write and rewrite over the sectors to prevent data recovery.... as long as you don't "write" anything onto the sectors you should have a good chance of recovering the data. This is all the help I could possibly offer as I'm not so knowledgable on this subject.
  3. Ooof, it's one thing to accidentally delete stuff, which is easily recoverable, but I believe that reformatting a hard drive is pretty serious stuff. I'm unsure if it's even possible to recover, and if it is, it'll probably take professional help. I'm not particularly sure about what reformatting physically does to data, but I'm sure it's substantially different from deleting.

    My problem had been my entire directory structure going to shit. The data was intact, which is why it was relatively easy to recover. And even then, I had to send it out for recovery.
  4. SteveAustin

    SteveAustin Veteran Member

    Joined: Mar 12, 2002 Messages: 7,042 Likes Received: 2
    Not to be discouraging or anything, but this is exactly the same thing I was thinking. good luck man.
  5. adderall

    adderall Elite Member

    Joined: Jun 10, 2003 Messages: 2,921 Likes Received: 1
    its possible.. get Easy Recovery Pro by OnTrack.. the NSA can recover data after it has been overwritten up to 32 (or was it 24?) times - the only way to really format your hard drive is to overwrite the entire drive with 1's and 0's.. 10 passes is enough for most people but the extra wary should aim for like 40

    some of your files will not be recovered due to limitations in the software, if anything was really vital though lots of companies have data recovery services
  6. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    the only thing missing now is 1.5 gigs of music files, that's the only thing that needs recovering