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    Question Recovery: experts needed

    my Hard disk was of 4 Partitions..

    1-C Win7 2-Soft my progs 3-Media (movies,songs and what ever) 4-Personal (My life time Work and Experience) !!

    Bad Sectors or what ever caused some problems,

    so i sent it to be Fixed BUT they just Formatted it after Backup 3 Partitions only (Win7 , Soft and Media) the most important partition wasn't included !!

    then They formatted the whole Hard Disk ..

    and repartitioned it into 2 partitions only

    the partition that was lost Contained my Most Precious Files of all time :'(

    i need any help how to recover these files or what is the right way to do it??

    this is 320GB HDD in Laptop HP Pavilion DV3 2165ee

    Thanks in advance . waiting for any help !!

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    For something this valuable, sometimes it's better left up to a professional. Check your local area .

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    That is super serious stuff, might not even be possible. Along the lines of Clint's thinking, I would contact MyHardDriveDied.com. Scott Moulton is the recovery genius; send him an email outlining the same history of circumstances that happened and see what he thinks your chances are. If he thinks it's possible I wouldn't hesitate to send it off to him if the data really is invaluable to you. It'll cost between $750 and a Grand most likely but may be worth it.

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    It wouldn't hurt to give Recuva a shot at it. http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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    I wouldn't touch or use the drive at all, especially if your a novice. Take it too a professional and fork out the bucks if that's what it takes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    For something this valuable, sometimes it's better left up to a professional. Check your local area .

    Professional grade hard drive recovery
    those profs Caused this problem :P
    Quote Originally Posted by F.U.N. downtown View Post
    That is super serious stuff, might not even be possible. Along the lines of Clint's thinking, I would contact MyHardDriveDied.com. Scott Moulton is the recovery genius; send him an email outlining the same history of circumstances that happened and see what he thinks your chances are. If he thinks it's possible I wouldn't hesitate to send it off to him if the data really is invaluable to you. It'll cost between $750 and a Grand most likely but may be worth it.
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    It wouldn't hurt to give Recuva a shot at it. http://www.piriform.com/recuva

    Jerry
    i did give it a shot and others lots but they keep scanning the present partitions not the Removed ones !!
    Quote Originally Posted by CLiNT View Post
    I wouldn't touch or use the drive at all, especially if your a novice. Take it too a professional and fork out the bucks if that's what it takes.
    i'm Using it right now on my laptop, Unfortunately there's no Profs around

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    I gather that the 2nd and 3rd partitions where merged as one?
    Do you know how the formatting was done; Full vs Quick?

    Now for the million dollar question:
    Did you make a drive image prior to sending the laptop in?

    If you've already got software attempting to recover data, leave it alone until it finishes.
    It needs to scan the partition your OS is NOT on.
    The file recovery application should be sending the restored files, if any, to an external drive plugged into the laptop.
    It's very highly unlikely that you'll be able to recover the partition intact. the best you can hope
    for will be to recovers some of your files.
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    DRIVE IMAGING
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    dr. vista, i am not quite as negative about your chances. i have been amazed at what was possible with good recovery software.

    years ago while rebuilding a couple pc's i ran out of space to move some photos, so i tempoarily moved some to a different drive. eventually i got confused in moving files and swapping drives and ended up formatting and reinstalling windows on one drive where i had placed my only copies of some family photos. when i discovered my mistake i was livid!

    i started an internet search for recovery software and found easeus data recovery wizard. i downloaded and scanned it for nasty and then fired it up. it slowly started to scan the drive so i went to bed. in the morning i was amazed to see the big list of photos it had found!

    the free version would scan and show a list but not recover the files. i quickly laid out my $100 for the full version and successfully recovered _all_ my photos.

    since then i have bought other tools from easeus and have always been pleased.

    your mileage may differ,
    -perhaps i was lucky that the new os install did not overwrite my photos
    -i don't recall if i changed the partitions or just reformatted my drive

    Good Luck!
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    ...a couple more things....

    -make sure you write _nothing_ to the drive
    -since this is a laptop, and one of your original partitions was the OS then this is likely, the _only_ drive; that's a problem...any tools you install on it for hard-drive recovery will overwrite more of the stuff you want to recover! even using windows will write files (restore points, temp files, swap space, recycle bin, etc.)
    -you should add this drive to another machine a a secondary drive for recovery
    -first step make a full 1:1 image backup; not just a file backup, but unused space too!
    -you might want to check with the recovery company that you used, a good one should make images of all incoming drives and maybe they still have yours
    -a local PC professional here uses GetDataBack, I have never used it

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    Thanks for all

    i really appreciate your help

    my last hope would be Using my HDD as Secondary Drive on another PC .. Cuz i tried another Software Called 1st NTFS Recovery but found That at Certain point it Causes a System Crash and begets Blue Screen

    Thanks again for Your help .. Wish me Luck

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    those profs Caused this problem
    You need to find someone who specializes in data recovery. There are probably lots of general-purpose techs who aren't specialists in data recovery, or who aren't even advanced technicians.

    Did you let them know that the contents of your drive needed to be preserved? If you told them that, then any tech who was any good would have either done a complete backup or would not have taken the job.

    Having said all that, I wish you well in your efforts to recover the data. The problem is, however, that when data integrity is compromised in any way, you have to be very careful lest you do something that makes data recovery impossible. That's why, if you aren't fairly well skilled at that sort of thing, it would be better to find someone who is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrjimphelps View Post
    You need to find someone who specializes in data recovery. There are probably lots of general-purpose techs who aren't specialists in data recovery, or who aren't even advanced technicians.

    Did you let them know that the contents of your drive needed to be preserved? If you told them that, then any tech who was any good would have either done a complete backup or would not have taken the job.

    Having said all that, I wish you well in your efforts to recover the data. The problem is, however, that when data integrity is compromised in any way, you have to be very careful lest you do something that makes data recovery impossible. That's why, if you aren't fairly well skilled at that sort of thing, it would be better to find someone who is.
    i did told him that Data is VERY important to me !!

    he Just said that the Last partition couldn't be opened it was Asking to be Formatted, so he just did Format it :P

    i do have some experience with data Recovery .. i'm just waiting to find another proper PC to Use my HDD on it and try .

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    dr vista, do please let us know how you make out.
    wishing you the best of luck!
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    Cool

    If the so call expert was unable to open the partition and did not know how to save any data from it he should have left it alone (not formatted it) then you may have been able to try someone else more skilled in data recovery.
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    The key here is to find someone who (1) knows what they are doing, and (2) is extremely careful in what they do. If all you could find was someone who was very careful, then you would at least have someone who wouldn't venture into an area where he didn't know what he was doing.

    It sounds to me like you found someone who kindof knew what he was doing, but he wasn't a very careful person, and so he ventured off into the unknown, hoping for the best. Not the kind of person you want doing data recovery for you, because data recovery requires extreme care in order to avoid messing up your data.

    You need someone who is paranoid like me, because I won't touch it unless I know exactly what I am doing.

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