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Old 08-19-2016, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles CA
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Sorry about the late responsed okay so what happen was my friend recently cleaned up and wipe his computer clean and brand new.

So he says that within wiping it out he wanted to see if he can recover his photos
It is a Windows 8 PC.
I have used most of the Windows 8 Recovery Software but most of them require a purchase.
I tried to remote into the machine to download some softwares and install these software but none of the software I used have work so far.
We try scanning the C Drive using Wondershare photo recovery, Asoftech Recovery, and the next software I think of using is Recuva.

The big issue here is that the user did not have no back up data of any kind, so I am not sure if there is a way to recover this data.

I did notice that during that time I did see a Recovery Drive
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:33 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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When you say "wipe his computer clean", do you mean he reformatted?
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Old 08-19-2016, 12:39 PM
 
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Wiping clean is different from re-formatting. Usually, wiping involves over-writing existing files, making any recovery impossible from a SSD and high level forensics lab stuff from magnetic media.

Reformatting just deletes the File Access Table (FAT) or equivalent, which is essentially a director of where a file begins.
Deleting a file just replaces the first name of the file with a marker character, used to be a ?, that tells the OS that it's OK to overwrite the entire name and re-use the space.

As long as the file chain is not over-written, the data can be recovered, although the file name will be lost
in re-formatting.

Recovery Drives are for OS recovery, not data recovery.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles CA
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When you say "wipe his computer clean", do you mean he reformatted?
No like as if it was a brand new computer.
Completely brand new.
Nothing left over.
When he started using it again it was as if he just bought the computer.
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Old 08-19-2016, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles CA
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Wiping clean is different from re-formatting. Usually, wiping involves over-writing existing files, making any recovery impossible from a SSD and high level forensics lab stuff from magnetic media.

Reformatting just deletes the File Access Table (FAT) or equivalent, which is essentially a director of where a file begins.
Deleting a file just replaces the first name of the file with a marker character, used to be a ?, that tells the OS that it's OK to overwrite the entire name and re-use the space.

As long as the file chain is not over-written, the data can be recovered, although the file name will be lost
in re-formatting.

Recovery Drives are for OS recovery, not data recovery.
It's not formatting it is wiping clean like totally.
I tried to even search files on the C Drive itself but I have had no luck.
Searching thoroughly for on lots of files ( Back up files, windows.old files, *.jpg files etc)

The user also said he wiped out his Ipod Completely as if it was new.
So I wanted to instead recover it from there but if its wipe and brand new again
I don't know if a specific software will work,
Or if I am doing something wrong.
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Old 08-19-2016, 06:36 PM
 
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There is software that will look for files after re-formatting, which is surely what happened here. The FAT (or NTFS, it's more recent descendant) is a database that contains the file name, file attributes and information on the clusters or sectors used by the file. These clusters and sectors remain until over-written, which can happen when installing a new OS, unfortunately.

As others have recommended, Recuva is probably your best bet. If Recuva can't find the files, you can be confident that they are not there. .jpg are particularly difficult when they are large files because sometimes programs like Recuva can recover fragments only. Useful for documents, less so when it's only the top part of a picture.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:17 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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No like as if it was a brand new computer.
Completely brand new.
Nothing left over.
When he started using it again it was as if he just bought the computer.
What software/application did he use to wipe the drive?
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