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Ooops, I formatted my drive and lost all my data!

Retrieved All My Computer Files After Accidental Formatting

Data on my computer is key to my business and if you're like me, you'd be lost if something happened to your computer and you didn't have backup files.  I thought I was being very careful about such things but due to a series of computer failures, I found myself "up the creek" and looking for a paddle.  Here's how I got my data back so that my business was not affected.

The problem began with the need to reformat my drive and reload Windows to correct some issues.  After backing up my entire hard drive to a portable, I reformatted the drive in preparation for reloading Windows.  In mid-process, I then  accidentally destroyed the files on my portable.  The good news is that I was able to retrieve all files from the formatted drive without paying thousands of dollars wanted by a professional data restoration company on the mainland.  I bought a software package called "Recover My Files" and it recovered 100% of the information including file names and folder hierarchy.  Cost was only $60. 

The key to full recovery was that I hadn't loaded any software on the formatted drive which would have overwritten some of the data.  It was also key that the drive had 2 partitions and I could load and run the software from the unaffected partition.  I did a little test and learned that even for a formatted drive with Windows reloaded, most of the files were recoverable.

I hope this gives encouragement to anyone out there who has had a similar misfortune.  I have no business relationship with the software company outside of purchasing their product.  And of course your experience may not be the same as mine.

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Richard Dolbeare, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE

Richard Dolbeare
REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®
Accredited Buyer Representative & e-PRO
Century 21 All Islands
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Comment balloon 8 commentsRichard T. Dolbeare • April 24 2008 11:12PM
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