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Best way to recover data after reformat?


UltraMega
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I have a customer who had a failing hard drive. I've replaced the hard drive but the data on the old drive is really important to the customer. The drive is still accessible but when it started giving her trouble she did a "system recovery" which is basically reformatting/reinstalling windows from the recovery partition. I know I can run data recovery and just scan for any document files on the drive to get a massively unorganized mess of files, but is there anything better? I am not familiar enough with data recovery to know the best way to go about this. I've tried a few different programs but they all have different ways of recovery data, some just look for deleted stuff wher as others look for whatever files types you tell it to. Is there one made for recovering files after a reformat that works well enough that the files won't be a total mess after? 

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NVM, I figured it out. I was trying easeUS data recovery and it wasn't finding the user folder with all her docs and everything in it, but I guess I just didn't give it enough time. Eventually it did find that folder so it looks like everything is all good. 

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22 minutes ago, UltraMega said:

Yea it was just a bit odd to me because it found all the folders right away except the user folder I was actually looking for, but that popped up an hour or so into the scan. 
 

Yeah data recovery tends not to find things in any particular order. Especially if a wiped drive has had other data written on it since. It can be a tiresome process but one I find you have to let it run its complete course before throwing your hands in the air....or putting your head in your hands.

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