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techowen 08-15-2007 11:25 AM

lost photos
i recently formatted hard drive an reloaded xp before i did this i copied photo to cd an veiwed them on my dvd player an they where all there awell cd got damaged an cannot be fixed is there any way to recover keep in mind i formatted hard drive an i have not a clue a name for the photos i had so many from summer vacation i just put them on hard drive after my camera was full an before i formateed hardrive i well i all ready told ya any ideas ps the wifes gonna have my head please help soon

William_Wilson 08-15-2007 01:49 PM

there is always a slim chance, but i will say no for the sake of argument. Once you formatted re-installed the OS the address tables were likely change/overwritten from the previous install. Odds are, they are gone for good. My suggestion to prevent this from happening again would be to use partitions or have multiple hard drives.

techowen 08-16-2007 08:38 AM

thank you for your responce i already have a partion an i keep my new photos an important documents backup on it well i once heard that all info is still on harddrive unless you do a goverment wipe wich still is not ereverisible a couple hackers i know told me this years ago i myself was never interested in hacking to busy been a father was hopeing some one new a way i hear authoritiie have no problem getting old formatted hrddrive to give them info any boby know thanx again for your advice

William_Wilson 08-16-2007 02:34 PM

well to completely remove data is a zero fill, it erases the file header then prints 0s over every bit/byte of the file. Did you save anything on the drive again? or install an OS on it? If either of things occured, the data is not recoverable. If not you can get data recovery tools for varying costs which will attempt to recover as many files as possible, by re-instating the file headers. The more fragmented the drive was, the harder this will be. It can be done, a friend did recover 40% of his files from a drive he mistakenly erased.

*There is no real hacker, who would call themselves one. Be careful about all information you recieve, heck even here you need to be just a little skeptical.

techowen 08-18-2007 09:57 AM

thanx once again i did put xp pro back on after format so there gone i do agree thanx again sincerly tech owen

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