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  • Is there a way to recover files?

    I don't know what happened but I ended up having to format my computer today and I lost all of my work emails and files. I did a quick format using the Windows XP installer. I understand that once you format you lose all of your files but I just thought I might ask anyway. I appreciate any help you can give.

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    If the drive was untouched after the quick format, then it may be possible. However, having written those GBs of Windows files probably destroyed any chance you had.
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      How would I go about attempting to recover those files? I understand they're more than likely gone but it won't hurt to try.


      • #4
        Grab a recovery program. Most will let you see if there is anything to recover and then you pay to do so.

        If you know linux, I use knoppix to do this often enough for friends and family; just have a drive to copy to if they are on a NTFS partition. That way is just as fast and free.


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