Outlook Recovery

By djones05 ·
I badly needed everyone's help. It's according to my email. I reformatted my drive and I forgot to backup my .PST file from the default Outlook directory. I am running Windows XP SP2 and used Outlook 2003.

I quick reformat the drive and re-installed Windows XP to my machine. Is there a way to restore the PST file(s)? I used Active Undelete, and still waiting for result. Using this process, is there a chance to retain my email?

Thank you so much for all of your help and thank you for your time.

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Probably not after formatting

by seanferd In reply to Outlook Recovery

You would have needed to stop right after formatting and unformat. If your other apps and data are re-installed as well, any bits of data left are probably already overwritten. The best possible thing to do is to not use that drive at all.

If this undelete works, please post back and tell us.

I'd guess that a forensic recovery would be a bit pricey here.

Data recovery links here:

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What you need to do here if it is Important

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Outlook Recovery

As apposed to just Nice to have the Data Back is to stop using the HDD and fit it as a Slave to a Desktop Computer where you can attack it with a Forensic Recovery Program.

You need to keep the drive from being used so it doesn't do any more damage than what has already been done and you need to save any Recovered Files to a different HDD.

An Application like Davory is capable of recovering PST Files as well as others after a Format but the more you do initially the harder it will be to mount a successful recovery. You can look at a Trial Version of Davory here


But it is vitally Important that you stop using this HDD Immediately.


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I knew that you'd say something like that

by seanferd In reply to What you need to do here ...

Which is why I linked to one of your other posts.

I'd completely forgotten about X-ways. I've got an older image of that stored somewhere, along with a suite of other tools that were made to work with it. Thanks for the reminder.

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Well if it was you my friend

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to I knew that you'd say som ...

I would probably suggest X Ways Win Hex it is far more powerful but you need to know what you are doing with it as the chances of screwing up are far greater.

I actually used Davory once to recover a PST File that had been overwritten on a business system where a e-mail had come in late the previous afternoon and not been acted upon. Overnight the Owners Kids came in to use the Business LAN as a Giant Play Toy and trashed several Desktops so they reinstalled the OS trying to cover up what they had done.

The E-Mail in question was an multi million $ order for parts so it was a tad important and the person wanted it back for some strange reason.

They where really worried and I only had Davory with me from another job at the time so I used that in front of them. They where surprised it took as long as it did and where ecstatic about getting their E-Mail Back.

They didn't even complain about the bill. Unfortunately the kids mother was a different story but as his female was pregnant at the time I can sort of understand why he needed to get away from her. :^0


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Last time I did anything remotely like that

by seanferd In reply to Well if it was you my fri ...

it was in a FAT32 partition with Norton Diskedit. I've gone poking theough NTFS partitions with hex editors just to explore, but I've never had to do anything heavy-duty on a fragmented drive looking for more complex file formats.

I'd give it a go if I had to, but not for someone with a lot riding on the recovery. :0

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I'm exactly the same here

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Last time I did anything ...

If it would just be Nice to have back I don't mind having a go but if it's Important I always give it to the professionals.

Not worth the potential problems to do anything else. :)


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Re: Outlook Recovey

by Techtiger4 In reply to Outlook Recovery

Yes, you can recover the .PST file but you need to execute Windows data recovery software on formatted partition. the data recovery software will recover all the data stored on formatted partition from which you can save the .PST file.

Download Windows data recovery software from http://www.nucleustechnologies.com/Windows-Data-Recovery-Software.html

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