I have done something very very stupid indeed

By Boinsey ยท 10 replies
Aug 9, 2006
  1. I have formatted my computer... but beforehand I put everything into one folder on my desktop to keep. but didn't move it to a different drive.
    someone please shoot me......now......

    is there any way i can ever recover these files?
    i don't care how I do it. as long as I DO IT (I'd like to learn :p)
    and no its nothing dodgy. just stuff I've written, music etc.

    during the format I used the windows disc, chose a quick format (ntfs) and thats it..
    tell me theres a way.

  2. Peddant

    Peddant TS Rookie Posts: 1,446

    There is a program HERE that looks OK.

    There are lots of them.Do a search on unformat or recover format.

    Most you have to pay for.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Good that you only quick formatted, that has the best chance of getting your data back. You can try this link as well as searching the forums for data recovery, I know there are many threads about this, and at least one where several are recommended.
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    the best for me is file scavenger and O&O recovery
    but there are others just don't write to this drive
    another words you can't use this drive to install anything on
    untill you get back the data

    PM me for cheap cost of data recovery
  5. Boinsey

    Boinsey TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its too late then, i didn't realise what i'd done till after i'd reinstalled windows.
    i ran the pc inpsector thing tho and managed to find thousands of deleted files, and so far have only recovered 1minute 40 seconds of sound from one of them....
    there is little hope.
  6. Boinsey

    Boinsey TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I've managed to find a bunch of text documents but whe I open them I'm asked
    ASCII filter options,
    what are these?
    I'm looking for one file in particular a written document, what are the chances of finding it.

    I've found 21 files so far, they're all cluster(numbers).(filename)
    and are all 1.4mb big no matter what type of file.
    what does all this mean?
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    is this a demo version of software may have limits
    what recovery are you using and how are you doing it
  8. Boinsey

    Boinsey TS Rookie Topic Starter

    its that free one
    pc inspector file recovery

    i've managed to recover 21 photos, ones that i didnt' want to keep anyway...
    but its a start.
  9. smore9648

    smore9648 TS Rookie Posts: 697

  10. Crispin L Fowle

    Crispin L Fowle TS Rookie

    Thanx for the tip. I could use all the freeware I can find to supplement Norton Systemworks 2005, Norton Personal Firewall 2005, Spyware and Ad-Aware.

    I also have too many neighbors who "KNOW" that format.exe is the only way out!
  11. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    should be option in pci filerecovery to only look for certain file extensions
    O&O recovery will do this
    this way you don't wast your time and it should search faster

    so many apps so little time
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