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    Recover missing files (Win XP)

    Not sure if this can be done.
    I recently formatted my hard drive and re-installed.
    What I have done by mistake, is not back up a couple of important files.
    Is their a way to recover these as they are very important to me.
    Am I right in thinking a format does not disgard the previous information.

    Or Is their a utility that can help me.

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    Re: Recover missing files (Win XP)

    OK, let me get this straight: Formatted, Reinstalled, and now hoping to get the files back?

    I think it's a safe conclusion that they're history if you re-installed on the partition that contained them. If not, they should still be lurking somewhere, but don't get your hopes up. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Recover missing files (Win XP)

    Undelete may be able to help. But as Mark said, I wouldn't hold your breath...

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    Re: Recover missing files (Win XP)

    I also did a defrag !!

    Have I totally lost my data ?

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    Re: Recover missing files (Win XP)

    If it was on the partition you formatted.....I think the answer is an unequivocal 'yes.' Even had you not formatted it would still be a challenge to get the data back.

    Don't sweat it too much if that's the case, though - as I've always said, there are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost all of their data, and those who will. Small comfort, I know, but I'm in the first group myself!
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    Re: Recover missing files (Win XP)

    Perhaps it is still possible recover your data - but it will cost you many TIMES more than your computer does. Search Internet for "data recovery" and you'll found many websites that provide such service. But remember, this is very expensive. Is there other way to rebuilt your files?

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