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Recovering HD contents

By mlweber
Nov 28, 2008
  1. I had my hard drive on my desktop accidentally started on a system restore. It ran for only about 5 seconds then i shut the computer off. I took my harddrive out and put it into my roommates desktop as a slave to see if i could recover some files. The hard drive shows up as completely empty. Does the system restore really wip eeverything out that fast and is there any way to get that information back? I have a final project on there that is due in 4 days. Any help appreciated.
     
  2. Cybelex

    Cybelex TS Rookie Posts: 46

    Most of the contents of the drive are still there. The first thing to try is partition recovery. If a proper partition table can be written to the drive, you can then access the files that remain normally. Testdisk or Testdisk Boot Floppy Image is the best tool for that. It will not damage your files no matter what options you choose and it often requires some intelligent guessing. If it finds a partition that is close to the size it should be, write the changes to disk and then reboot. See if the drive is accessible. If not, try again. If you get nowhere with it (and that would be very unusual), then try scanning the drive with recovery software.

    Free recovery applications:

    Diskinternals Recovery Boot CD
    Pandora Recovery (Free for personal use)
    Smart Data Recovery
    Recover Files
    Recuva
    Restoration
    Free Undelete (NTFS only)
    Softperfect File Recovery
    ADRC Data Recovery Tools
    Undelete Plus
    Data Recovery
    PCI File Recovery
    DriveRescue
    Ultimate Data Recovery
    Disk Investigator

    Commercial:

    O&O Disk Recovery
    Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
    GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
    Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
    File Scavenger
    Recover My Files
    RecoverPlus Pro
    Zero Assumption Recovery
    Active@ File Recovery
    Final Recovery
    Recover4All Professional
    Easeus Data Recovery Wizard
    NTFS Recovery
     
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