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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-02-2005, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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HD question?????

Is there any way to retrieve files from a reformated hard drive? The HD went through a restoration process. I heard it is but I wonder what kind of special equipment is required and if it is worth the effort.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-02-2005, 04:23 PM
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Is it just formated or did you reload an OS and applications?
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unless an "all ones" format was done the info should still be there. They have software that can get to the data. It will probably be expensive if you can't borrow it online somewhere.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-02-2005, 04:56 PM
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ive heard of it but im not sure how much you can get back.

Ive played with undeleters. It will actually find the old file names but recovering is sometimes a problem.

Do a search for norton or other programs that can unformat. If you partitioned the drive, it will be harder to recover the info.

I would personally run the hard drive as a "slave" drive and run the unformat software on another puter. So that you have better chances in recovering the email that busagirl said, she cared fo you.
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I think BWA can help you out here. I've asked him similar questions and I believe he knows what to do.

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I've done some forensics back in KC for child-porn cases. If the drive was just formatted you have about a 90% chance of getting all the data back. There are commercial tools (Guidance software's EnCase product, very $$$) or open-source tools (Forensic Toolkit and the FIRE linux distro) that can get the info back. If it was formatted and then a new OS was installed on the disk you aren't going to have much luck. The NSA are the only ones that are going to be looking at data that far gone...
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-02-2005, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Chills
I think BWA can help you out here. I've asked him similar questions and I believe he knows what to do.

Thank you Chills. I hope there is a way
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I've gathered data from a drive before. Basically at my previous job, one of our reps caught a virus which reformatted her drive. Without doing anything else I ran I think Norton's recovery program and was able to get back enough good data. The problem is once you've reformatted, if you load new data, then you are possibly overwriting what was there. This is not entirely the case because if you've got a 100 gig HD then reformat and reload just the operating system, then you do still stand a chance to find data in the sections where the new data has not been written.

If it's very important then I suggest you send the drive off to a lab to have them do it. I've done that too and they do a good job and give you a definative answer.
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