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Old 01-17-2013, 06:31 PM
 
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My old computer suffered a heart attack a couple years ago and I had to do a complete restore. Its a Compaq tower.

Now I just remembered that I may have had some items that I could still use. Are those files retrievable? I can't find them now, are all docs gone?
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Old 01-17-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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You just remembered you had files on your old computer after doing a system restore on it two years ago?

Sorry, yes they are gone.

If they are old programs you want back try looking at these sites:

http://www.oldversion.com/

http://www.oldapps.com/

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-webs...ions-software/

Good luck.....
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:21 PM
 
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Complete restore = adios files

The half dozen warning screens should have made that clear before allowing you to proceed.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:16 AM
 
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I'm not sure why you either of you are giving him that advice because that is not necessarily the case, when you delete a file, reformat or restore the space those files occupied are simply made available for disk writes. It's when that space is overwritten by something else that recovery becomes impossible. Having said that the longer you are using the drive and the more stuff you store on it the likelihood of that data being overwritten becomes greater.

I once recovered the entire "My Documents" folder on a reformatted machine almost immediately after it reformatted, actually multiple copies of some files that had been opened and saved. Your can try this recovery software, it will list all the files written to open space on the drive.


PC Inspector - kostenlose Software fr die Datenrettung von CONVAR - Die Datenretter.
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:20 AM
 
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Restoring a drive does a pretty good job writing all over the disk. And two years ago? Good luck.
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Old 01-18-2013, 08:58 AM
 
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Being an optimist I say give it a try. If you find them great. If not at least you tried.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:35 PM
 
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I tried that software.

Didnt work.
Funny thing is: Cant see the document, you have to save it first to look at it.

Spent some time looking at pics and stuff saved from the internet and I didnt see any actual documents.

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I'm not sure why you either of you are giving him that advice because that is not necessarily the case, when you delete a file, reformat or restore the space those files occupied are simply made available for disk writes. It's when that space is overwritten by something else that recovery becomes impossible. Having said that the longer you are using the drive and the more stuff you store on it the likelihood of that data being overwritten becomes greater.

I once recovered the entire "My Documents" folder on a reformatted machine almost immediately after it reformatted, actually multiple copies of some files that had been opened and saved. Your can try this recovery software, it will list all the files written to open space on the drive.


PC Inspector - kostenlose Software fr die Datenrettung von CONVAR - Die Datenretter.
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Old 01-18-2013, 11:50 PM
 
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If you don't see what you're looking for in the list of files it found then they are gone.
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Old 01-19-2013, 07:42 AM
 
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I'm not sure why you either of you are giving him that advice because that is not necessarily the case, when you delete a file, reformat or restore the space those files occupied are simply made available for disk writes. It's when that space is overwritten by something else that recovery becomes impossible. Having said that the longer you are using the drive and the more stuff you store on it the likelihood of that data being overwritten becomes greater.

I once recovered the entire "My Documents" folder on a reformatted machine almost immediately after it reformatted, actually multiple copies of some files that had been opened and saved. Your can try this recovery software, it will list all the files written to open space on the drive.


PC Inspector - kostenlose Software fr die Datenrettung von CONVAR - Die Datenretter.
Because the advice is correct. The key in your statement is "almost immediately after it reformatted", at which time there's still a chance, 2 years later, ain't gonna happen.
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Old 01-19-2013, 08:06 AM
 
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Because the advice is correct. The key in your statement is "almost immediately after it reformatted", at which time there's still a chance, 2 years later, ain't gonna happen.
That would be incorrect. What you're going to find is entirely dependent on many factors like the size of the HDD, how actively it was used and how much data was on it. You don't know the answers to those questions and neither do I. I've run that program on other drives and it found files many years old...

The key in my statement is:

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Having said that the longer you are using the drive and the more stuff you store on it the likelihood of that data being overwritten becomes greater.
To simply say you won't find anything is bad advice no matter how unlikely it is.
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