Is there a way to recover my pictures from a fully formatted computer?

By LuayDJeeloo ·
I fully formatted my hard drive and I lost all my pictures.
Is there a software that can recover(even if its very expensive)?

Thanks a lot for your help.

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by SKDTech In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

Several of the tools mentioned already have the potential to recover files from a formatted drive but they are all hit or miss and there are no guarantees.

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by Joe_Wulf In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

I am not associated with that site/company, but have used their tools in exactly the situation you've got. I recovered 100% of ALL my original files (it was a data drive, not the OS). Their tools are scrupulously good about protecting the original content and getting your data back.

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Basically what everyone above is saying

by OH Smeg In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

It all depends on how much you want these Photos recovered.

If it's VITAL the proper answer is to send the drive to a Data Recovery Specialist as the more you do now unsuccessfully the less likely you are to get them recovered and the more expensive it's going to be for the recovery.

However if it would just be Nice to recover these files and you can afford to loose the lot without a second thought try any of the above suggestions they work reasonably well but as I've already said it all depends on how much you want the files back.

Currently there are only 2 types of Computer users those who have lost all of their stored data and those who are going to loose all of their stored data sometime in the not to distant future.

It's a Very Important Learning Experience which all of us have gone through at some point in time. You learn after you've lost all your data that there is no Substitute for Backup's and that you can never have too many backup's.


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by Abbecus In reply to Basically what everyone a ...

I get drives from people all the time who try different software that failed to provide the service they claim. Our company, Abbecus Recovery Systems, Inc. ( relatively low cost recovery. Please do stop using the computer and if you don't know anything about recovery we have technicians trained in forensic recovery. There is no charge except shipping and you pay nothing until you agree on the price and the recovery is successful. If we can't recover the data there is no additional charge.

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Recovering files from a formatted HDD

by Nathan.L.Brenner In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

Easy solution. Takes a lot of time to run (Like 2 days), but has worked for me 5 of 5 attempts.

The Software is from "GetDataBack" from "Runtime Software"

Best of luck...

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by emp.bob In reply to Recovering files from a f ...

+3 on get data back, used it many times both GetDataBack for FAT and GetDataBack for NTFS

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by PirateNana In reply to Recovering files from a f ...

Good suggestion from Nathan L. Brenner. We've used this many times to recover items either accidentally or intentionally deleted, and have had about a 90% success rate.

As others have said, it all depends upon how much rewriting has been done to the drive after the files have been deleted. If possible, I'd clone that disk and put it on a shelf so you have "good" copy available to send to the deep data recovery guys in the event you are unable to recover what you want/need.

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Zero Assumption Recovery

by Thmiuatga In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

You can do this. I have used Zero Assumption Recovery to recover data from a drive that cannot be read by the system (shows up as RAW format and/or prompts the system to request you to format the drive cause it shows it as unformatted) and actually, I have to use it again on a drive my system shows as unformatted when I know it's not. There is a free version but the free version limits you to restoring 4 files at a time. If you have your data confined to folders that's even better. The software will scan your drive (doesn't take long) and will show you the files it has recovered. All you have to do is save the recovered data to another hard drive. btw, this software also recovers picture files too.

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Don't get screwed...

by ThePickle In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

[q]"I fully formatted my hard drive and I lost all my pictures.
Is there a software that can recover(even if its very expensive)?"[/q]

Is there a way to recover your files? Yes, absolutely.
Will it be very expensive? No, absolutely not.

I finished reading all of the replies that you've received so far. Some of them are right on the mark, while others are truly idiotic.

The bottom line is this: whether or not your data can be recovered depends ENTIRELY on how much writing was done to the drive AFTER the format. If all you did was format the drive and then never touched the drive again, you can recover 100% of your data. If, however, you started re-installing Windows (or whatever operating system you were using), and you started using your drive as before, then the chances of recovery drop exponentially with each additional minute of drive usage.

The best thing you can do is remove the drive from your computer and give it to a VERY knowledgeable friend who has - at the very least - a moderate amount of experience in data recovery. If you know no such person, then you're basically gambling on the fact that whomever you hire might recover your files, OR they could make the problem a hundred times worse by taking a drive which COULD be recoverable and totally screwing it up to the point where all your data will be lost permanently.

Unfortunately, there are no credentials that you can view to give you a sense of how good a person will be at recovering your data. There's no university degree given out in that field, so anybody who claims to be an expert may very well be an expert - or they may be a total buffoon. If you're in a position of having to hire someone, it's absolutely imperative that you get references. And I mean REAL references from real customers, and not "testimonials" on a web site which mean less than jack. Web site testimonials are about as believable as your astrological forecast.

Some of these so-called "data recovery" places would like you to believe that they're going to dissect your drive and go through the platter bit-by-bit under an electron microscope and painstakingly recover every iota of information for you, which is why they're going to charge you thousands of dollars. This is simply a fantasy, and is something you'll only see in movies. In the real world, the only time a screwdriver will ever touch your drive is if there's a physical component which needs to be replaced (such as a faulty controller, an actuator head, an arm head, etc etc.) In such cases, the work MUST be done in a clean room level 5 (or lower) environment, and that's where you'll be paying real money.

But for data recovery on a fully functioning drive, it's all going to be done by software. The exact same type of software that you can purchase (or download for free in some cases). And the reality is that if a skilled person can't recover your data in under 3 hours per terabyte of drive space, then none of the "recovery" services are going to recover it for you either, so don't throw your money in the garbage.

If you have to hire someone to do the work, look for someone with verifiable references, and make sure you don't pay more than $250, as an absolute maximum. Anything more than that, and you're being ripped off.

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by LuayDJeeloo In reply to Don't get screwed...

Thanks man. Appreciate your help.

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