can somebody suggest software

By Snuffy09 ·
looking for free Formatted Disk Recovery Software.

Friend of mine had a HD that he formatted but wants pics off of it now. Tried some tools on hiren's boot disk and they didn't do the trick.

need something that will run on XP or a boot disc.


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RE:can somebody suggest software

by IamL3G3ND In reply to can somebody suggest soft ...

On Track Easy Recovery is a good program to use for this kind of raw recovery. It also works well with "accidental" formats and file deletion.

You should be able to run the software locally ont he machine and find what you need. in advanced cases its sometimes easier to just pull the drive hook it up to an external ide / sata to USB hookup and run the recovery from another machine. That way no running processes get in the way etc..


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Free Trial

by Snuffy09 In reply to RE:can somebody suggest s ...

what do i get with the "Free Trial"?

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Very little actually

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Free Trial

This is the best App that I have ever used for this type of work but it's most defiantly not free.


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ok i was able to recover them...(pics)

by Snuffy09 In reply to can somebody suggest soft ...

but they seem to be corrupt... is there such a thing as a .jpeg repair software?

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The reason for this is because of the Format

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to ok i was able to recover ...

IT writes to every third Sector of the HDD leaving the remaining 2/3 untouched so that any files that you recover are incomplete.

Here you need a Forensic Recovery Application to recover the images. Unfortunately I'm not aware of a free one but a cheap one is X Ways Forensics.


Not sure of the price now but it is good at what it does. Though it's not for beginners.

Drive Look may be useful to you but as I've never used it I'm unsure how well it works or how easy it is to use but it's free.



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Use this to try a second recovery

by IC-IT In reply to ok i was able to recover ...
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by Wez0 In reply to can somebody suggest soft ...

tuneup utilities 2010 works great

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by Snuffy09 In reply to can somebody suggest soft ...

Thanks all

But I was unsuccessful in restoring the pics. I was able to retrieve the pics from Formatted HD with the help of the tools you suggested but they were still corrupt when i tried to open them.

I only took on the mission(free) because the drive contained pictures of my friends dad who had passed away but my friend understands the odds were slim so nothing gained, nothing lost.

thanks again

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if your willing to spend money

by CG IT In reply to can somebody suggest soft ...

you can try EASEUS Professional Edition.

I've used it to recovery data on dynamic disks that can't be placed back in the system. It will find, then reorganize and save to location [not on the original disk]with very little errors.

Free version won't let you do partition/disk recovery.

No guarantees. If the data is corrupted or overwritten on the drive itself, then chances it's unrecoverable without spending some big money.


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