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How to retrieve files from a drive needed to be re-formatted?

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OH Smeg

The First recovers data from the drive and the second rebuilds Partition Tables etc.

Different Data Recovery Software do different jobs in a different way that's basically the main difference. Some do a better job than others but basically speaking the Free ones are Data Recovery Software and read a Drive and recover Data from the drive. The more expensive types Generally Speaking Rebuild Partition Tables and the like and don't actually recover Data from the Drive and write it elsewhere they rebuild the drive and are generally speaking faster doing their thing than the Straight Recovery Type Apps.

However saying that you could try Recuva Free from Piriform

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

I don't use it personally bit others here have said that they find it very good.

As to the new Design of the Site I hate it as it's way too easy to miss things now.

Col