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inkheart 20. Mar 2010 02:13 AM

recover files from a reformatted hard drive?
 
My friend thought she had made a back up of her document files before upgrading her laptop's OS from vista to windows 7. She found out that she just was able to copy the shortcuts when she was trying to restore her files. This may sound ignorant, but we're just hoping against hope: is there still a way of recovering those files from her hard drive?

Rizar 20. Mar 2010 03:05 AM

Probably yes for some or all of them. You could try a file recovery program like PC Inspector or Recuva. Make sure to read the whole article and follow all of the safety tips that you can:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...te-utility.htm

inkheart 20. Mar 2010 03:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rizar (Post 24872)
Probably yes for some or all of them. You could try a file recovery program like PC Inspector or Recuva. Make sure to read the whole article and follow all of the safety tips that you can:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...te-utility.htm

Wow, really? Great, I'll read it. Thanks!

MidnightCowboy 20. Mar 2010 11:36 AM

Forgive my ignorance in this area too, but when I upgraded my own installation to W7 it retained all of my previous files in a folder called "Windows.old" if I've remembered the name correctly. Once I was happy I didn't need these anymore I removed this folder using the Windows disc cleanup tool.

Rizar 20. Mar 2010 02:20 PM

@MC
I remember the same.

Here is an answer so relevant it was posted twice:
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/...b-e06bab6ebe68

inkheart 23. Mar 2010 02:37 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rizar (Post 24914)
@MC
I remember the same.

Here is an answer so relevant it was posted twice:
http://social.answers.microsoft.com/...b-e06bab6ebe68

Thanks, Rizar and MC, but we did a clean install: deleted existing partitions and made new ones :(

inkheart 23. Mar 2010 02:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rizar (Post 24872)
Probably yes for some or all of them. You could try a file recovery program like PC Inspector or Recuva. Make sure to read the whole article and follow all of the safety tips that you can:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...te-utility.htm

Tried PC inspector but it won't work with windows 7. I checked their website and it says it's compatible only with versions until XP.

inkheart 04. Apr 2010 05:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by inkheart (Post 24869)
My friend thought she had made a back up of her document files before upgrading her laptop's OS from vista to windows 7. She found out that she just was able to copy the shortcuts when she was trying to restore her files. This may sound ignorant, but we're just hoping against hope: is there still a way of recovering those files from her hard drive?

RESOLVED. Sorry for the late update but we found this file recovery freeware, Pandora Recovery, and it was able to recover all her files, amazing.


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