ohh... Crap.

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  1. Eventer

    Eventer TPF Noob!

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    Im Furious. Totally ropable!
    Mum managed to wipe the computer of ALL its memory - Like it was brand new again. (She put it through recovery mode)
    I LOST EVERYTHING!!
    All my photos ive ever taken are gone! Sure I have a few on my blog and on Facebook (But like thats any help with their crappy photo hosting...)

    Is there ANY way of somehow getting these back? Has anyone had this happen before?

    :grumpy: <-- Thats how happy I am right now.
     
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    There is various data recovery software you can get which may recover your files, I have used them before on friends computers who have been in similar situations. It tends to be a bit pricey though and it is always a bit hit and miss with what you get back.

    I'll have to have a look and see what it is called, can't remember off the top of my head...
     
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    Unless she reformatted HDD, I believe you can take your comp to a specialist where they can do some sort of disk recovery.
     
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    Whats the HDD? Hmm ill have to have a look where she can take it...
     
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    I've used this one before to recover music from my GF's computer, we got a fair amount back. Windows isn't very intelligent when it comes to reformatting so i'd wager that you will be able to retrieve some data. It's worth a shot if it's important to you right?
     
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    Basically all you data is still there, but when you delete something, it's simply telling the PC that it's ok to overwrite it. So I highly recommend not to save anything on your PC right now so it doesn't overwrite anymore of your old date. Like I said though, I believe this only applies if the HDD didn't get reformatted.
     
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    Oh no, mum she said "yeah, It said it was reformatting"... :grumpy:
     
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    HDD - hard disk drive
     
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    ughhhhh.... that sucks. I could be wrong though. I'd still say call up some expert and see if they can recover it. Make sure you tell them it was reformatted.
     
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    HDD is hard drive. You need to stop using the computer immediately. Data is never actually deleted it is put as a space than can be overwritten. if you stop using the computer and take it to a data recovery specialist they will be able to help. there is also many apps on the web that may be able to help you. If you have ever bought one of the higher end sandisk memory cards there is a good free app that comes with those.(not sure if it does hard drives tho)

    reformatting should not matter, if you take it to a specialist. ive seen hard drives wiped, smashed and then set on fire before they have been recovered.
     
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    Try this Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download. I have used to countless times to get back photos I have accidentally deleted. Taking it to a Data recovery expert will cost you thousands of dollars. Once you download the program. Pick the folder you want it to search, it will find anything that has been deleted. If it has been written over it will still find it, but it will probably not be recoverable, or only some of it may be. Like others have said STOP using the computer. Do not save anything new to the hard drive. The more you save the more you lose.

    Here is a little guide to help you http://docs.piriform.com/recuva/using-recuva/recovering-files-from-damaged-or-reformatted-disks
     
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    Oh damn eventer!!!! I hope you can get them back. A workmate had a an external drive pack a sad and it had their wedding photos and pics of their young kids/babies on it, $2k (physically damaged drive) later 97% recovered.

    My advice, Step1:recover what you can.
    Step 2: Go to dick smiths or Harvey Norman and buy at least one external HDD ($100 will get you 640GB-1TB) and do regular backups. I keep copies of my "important" files in several places so any major failure/theft/damage or user error is limited.
     

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