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Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 1:59 PM


A friend of mine had a computer virus and had to format her hard drive and put Windows professional xp in all over again. Now everything is gone. All her mail , favorites Files, All. Is there any way to recovery any of this? Any help Is appreciated. Thanks.


Bigdavy  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 539)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 2:07 PM

Formatting the hard drive erases everything on it. If anything was recoverable, the time to try was before the reformat. I think everything is gone, unless your friend saved any backups of her files onto a CD.

Backing up one's data is always recommended just in case of situations like these or hard drive failures even without a virus to cause the problems. Of course, hindsight is 20-20, and most people don't back up their files even when they know how. I work in IT and I don't even back up my own PC! I guess I like to live dangerously. (knock on wood)

Sorry that I don't have better news.

- bigdavy

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 2:30 PM

Hi Big Davy,

It was a quick format not an unconditionl format?

What do ya think?

Bigdavy  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 539)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 2:35 PM

I think she is still screwed, but I could be wrong.

Did she take all these actions by herself, or did she consult with someone like Geek Squad or Firedog first? If someone walked her through it, they would probably be the best ones to ask about recovering files. I'm not that knowledgeable about this issue, sorry.

Cjar855  (Level: 134.2 - Posts: 838)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 3:30 PM

That was her next step. Going to drop it off at Geek Squad tomorrow. Thanks for replying .

Mitchy  (Level: 135.6 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 11th Dec '08 3:34 PM

Did you use system disks to reinstall the OS?
Did you use the Sys. Recovery on the comp?
If so and it was The Destructive sys recovery?
Is there photos missing too?
If there were photos as well-You might try this: go to start then search--- check music pictures and video scroll down and click use advanced search options,check the box pictures & photos,
scroll down more and check the boxes that say, *MAKE SURE YOU CHECK THESE BOXES*>>>>***under SEARCH: *****system floders,hidden files & folders, sub folders,and tape back up*****. Where it says look in: (Local har drives (C ; D) search in each one of the ares of the computer it might take some time ... If there are any photos that were there before, then there are also files that can be recovered.Let me know what you find out! OK! Mitchy

Superdud  (Level: 13.4 - Posts: 12)
Thu, 22nd Jan '09 10:45 AM

I have to agree with bigdavy.Once you format everything is gone.That's what formatting does.Completely wipe your hard drive clean.

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