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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Drive Recovery Service

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

Yes, it will be very expensive "IF" any of your old files can be recovered.

Stop using the computer right now, and contact one of the drive recovery services.

The less you try and do on your own, the easier it will be for the recovery service to recover any files.

We are talking a very deep dive directly onto the platter of the drive. Expect to spend upward of $1000 US to recover your files.

I do not have a specific recovery service to recommend. Look at how long the company has been in business and user ratings of the company..

When you contact the service, be upfront about what was done to the drive so that they can give you a realistic estimate of what they may be able to do.


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by LuayDJeeloo In reply to Drive Recovery Service

Thank you Chas,

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by ThePickle In reply to Drive Recovery Service

...please don't post anymore.
It scares me to think of the sheer amount of utter nonsense you must dole out as "advice" on a daily basis to people who simply don't know any better.

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Data Recovery

by Jay_pee666 In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

You can try this software,


I have successfully recovered photos, documents, music and movie files from drives that had not only been formatted, but fully partitioned.

I don't work for this company, but I can recommend this software with no qualms.

I do advise that you follow their instructions fully, and if you need to recover more than the 1GB that the free version allows then it would be a worthwhile investment. I would also advise however, to go with the free version first and see if there are any recoverable file on your drive.

Best of luck, and if you have any problems you may send me a Private Message, but I will not provide support on the software, please refer to PDR's support for help there.

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by LuayDJeeloo In reply to Data Recovery
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by raju.rawat@burrenegypt. In reply to Data Recovery

True and works 100% all the time.

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Yes with the following caveat

by Charles Bundy In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

You haven't written anything to the drive and can mount it as a secondary in another computer. I would advise creating a raw image ( g4u is good). Then use a forensic analysis suite such as TSK and Autopsy.


Good luck!

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by LuayDJeeloo In reply to Yes with the following ca ...

Thank you Charles

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by Jay_pee666 In reply to Is there a way to recover ...

the only thing I forgot to mention is that you need to be able to attach the drive you want to try and recover the files from to another pc, either by connecting it directly using ide/sata connection internally, or by plugging it in to an external dock device. PDR will recover data even if an new OS has been installed.

Once again, best of look.

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SystemRescue CD and PhotoRec

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

Hello LuayDJeeloo,

As told above, the most important thing to do is STOP USING THE DRIVE your photos were on.

Then from ANOTHER computer, I advise you to download and burn SystemRescue CD from http://www.sysresccd.org. Once the CD is burnt, put it in your formatted computer and boot from it.

When given a prompt, use the dedicated file-recovery utility PhotoRec to scan your drive and try and recover your pictures. You may need a seperate storage (such as an external hard drive or USB stick) to store your recovered files.

Please note that while PhotoRec was originally meant to recover photos (as its name suggest), nowadays it can recover pretty much any common everyday file type, making it a valuable tool to any file recovery task. :-)

If PhotoRec fails to recover your files, you'll always have the option of sending the drive to a recovery specialist. If it succeeds, you'll have saved $1000+. :-)

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