Freeware unformat/undelete utility?

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Vegard Krog Petersen

My cousin has managed to format two partitions which contained all her
pictures from the last year...

Windows XP, but used a bootable dos diskette and formatted from there.

Any freeware unformat utility you could recommend?

OT:
If not freeware available, what shareware programs have you used and can
verify that they work?

Thanks in advance.

regards from

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Doc

My cousin has managed to format two partitions which contained all her
pictures from the last year...

Windows XP, but used a bootable dos diskette and formatted from there.

Any freeware unformat utility you could recommend?

OT:
If not freeware available, what shareware programs have you used and can
verify that they work?

Thanks in advance.

regards from
Re-install partitions from back up copies. She does have back ups ?
 
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Vegard Krog Petersen

Doc skrev:
Re-install partitions from back up copies. She does have back ups ?
Dude, if she had, I wouldn't be asking for help :)
She's like me: backups are for wimps only :)


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Chinese Checkers: http://home.no.net/vkp/
Pachisi & Ludo: http://home.no.net/vkp3/
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drussell

There's a freeware program that can locate files that still exist in a
damaged partition's sectors:

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

It supports FAT and NTFS, finds files even if the boot sector and FAT
are damaged, and preserves the time and date stamps.

If your cousin's picture files are BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG or TIF, it will
recognize those files automatically, and if they are in ZIP files it
can recover those too.

Make sure that she doesn't write anything to the areas where the
partitions were before they were deleted. I think the program can find
the partitions, but maybe they need to be recreated in the partition
table first. The data should still be there and can be recovered. You
might want to make an image of the entire drive before doing anything,
if you've got the software and a spare hard drive or network drive to
receive the data.
 
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Mel

I guess her years worth of 'lost' pics weren't that important then.
Seems kinda wimpy begging here for help recovering data that was
inadvertently deleted while in DOS using the Format Command.
 
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Vegard Krog Petersen

Doc said:
I guess her years worth of 'lost' pics weren't that important then.
She didn't know how important a backup was.
Remember guys: almost all in this group are way above the avarege pc
users...

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Halma & Chinese Checkers: http://home.no.net/vkp/
Pachisi & Ludo: http://home.no.net/vkp3/
My fishy site (fishing games): http://home.no/vkp32/
a.c.f.g information: http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/acfg/acfg.php
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18+ - Fishy Pictures: http://home.no.net/rachel12/fishy/
 
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Vegard Krog Petersen

Mel said:
Seems kinda wimpy begging here for help recovering data that was
inadvertently deleted while in DOS using the Format Command.
She's not. I am (on her behalf). :)

Or did you mean I asked in the wrong group? I did ask for a freeware
solution if possible. And if not, the level of expertize in this group
is so high, that I hoped someone would help me (her!).

regards from vegard
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Vegard Krog Petersen, Norway

My sites:
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Solitaire MahJongg: http://home.halden.net/vkp/vkp/
Sarah Michelle Gellar Solitaire: http://home.halden.net/vkp/
Freeware Logo & symbol: http://home.no/buffy2/
Halma & Chinese Checkers: http://home.no.net/vkp/
Pachisi & Ludo: http://home.no.net/vkp3/
My fishy site (fishing games): http://home.no/vkp32/
a.c.f.g information: http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/acfg/acfg.php
18+ - Adult Solitaire: http://home.no.net/rachel12/
18+ - Fishy Pictures: http://home.no.net/rachel12/fishy/
 
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Vegard Krog Petersen

There's a freeware program that can locate files that still exist in a
damaged partition's sectors:

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

It supports FAT and NTFS, finds files even if the boot sector and FAT
are damaged, and preserves the time and date stamps.

If your cousin's picture files are BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG or TIF, it will
recognize those files automatically, and if they are in ZIP files it
can recover those too.

Make sure that she doesn't write anything to the areas where the
partitions were before they were deleted. I think the program can find
the partitions, but maybe they need to be recreated in the partition
table first. The data should still be there and can be recovered. You
might want to make an image of the entire drive before doing anything,
if you've got the software and a spare hard drive or network drive to
receive the data.
Big thanks! Looking good. I'll try this one.

Regards from vegard

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Vegard Krog Petersen, Norway

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Solitaire: http://home.halden.net/vkp/
Freeware Logo & symbol: http://home.no/buffy2/
Halma & Chinese Checkers: http://home.no.net/vkp/
Pachisi & Ludo: http://home.no.net/vkp3/
My fishy site (fishing games): http://home.no/vkp32/
a.c.f.g information: http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/acfg/acfg.php
18+ - Adult Solitaire: http://home.no.net/rachel12/
18+ - Fishy Pictures: http://home.no.net/rachel12/fishy/
 
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Helen

WARNING: WARNING WARNING: This is from the user's manuel. I started to dl it
BUT....stopped it when I read this:

To be able to use PC INSPECTORT File Recovery 4.x you need a working WINDOWST System.
Never install the current version on the drive from which you intend to recover data!
The software must be installed and run on a second, independent drive.
 
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old jon

Don`t worry about the Warning. It`s standard practice to install recovery SW
to another drive, `cos if you don`t you`ll start over-writing the drive you
want to recover from. Logic really. ..J

Helen said:
WARNING: WARNING WARNING: This is from the user's manuel. I started
to dl it
BUT....stopped it when I read this:
 
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Franklin

On Tue 24 May 2005 18:27:09, Vegard Krog Petersen wrote:
My cousin has managed to format two partitions which contained
all her pictures from the last year...

Windows XP, but used a bootable dos diskette and formatted from
there.

Any freeware unformat utility you could recommend?

OT:
If not freeware available, what shareware programs have you used
and can verify that they work?

Thanks in advance.

regards from


See http://www.partitionsupport.com/utilities.htm. The author, Svend
Olaf Mikkelsen, oftens hangs out in
http://www.partitionsupport.com/utilities.htm and if he sees your
post his is likely to comment on the output you get from running his
utilities and even talk you through the recovery.

Vegard, please take this in the right way but your sig, er, sucks.
 
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Petersen, Vegard Krog

Franklin skrev:
On Tue 24 May 2005 18:27:09, Vegard Krog Petersen wrote:



See http://www.partitionsupport.com/utilities.htm. The author, Svend
Olaf Mikkelsen, oftens hangs out in
http://www.partitionsupport.com/utilities.htm and if he sees your
post his is likely to comment on the output you get from running his
utilities and even talk you through the recovery.

Vegard, please take this in the right way but your sig, er, sucks.
Thanks for the tips, Franklin :)
Regarding the sig: No comments... :)

regards from vegard


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Vegard Krog Petersen - Norway

My sites:
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Sarah Michelle Gellar Solitaire: http://home.halden.net/vkp/
Freeware Logo & symbol: http://home.no/buffy2/
Chinese Checkers: http://home.no.net/vkp/
Pachisi & Ludo: http://home.no.net/vkp3/
My fishy site (fishing games): http://home.no/vkp32/
a.c.f.g information: http://www.pricelesswarehome.org/acfg/acfg.php
18+ - Adult Solitaire: http://home.no.net/rachel12/
18+ - Fishy Pictures: http://home.no.net/rachel12/fishy/
Fredrikshald Havfiskeklubb: http://www.fredrikshald-havfiske.no
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[FONT=&quot][/FONT]http://www.easeus.com/resource/unformat.htm[FONT=&quot]I have used one backup software and I found its company has one free data recovery software, but it only can recover data at most 1 GB. May be you can download it and have a try. It can do format recovery, unformat [/FONT][FONT=&quot]and recover deleted files emptied from Recycle Bin or lost data due to partition loss or damage. It is easy to use. However, if you have overwritten you data, it may not help you.
[/FONT] http://www.easeus.com/resource/unformat.htm
 
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