Lost files

  User-1227738 12:45 09 Aug 2008

I need to retreive some files I had back in 2006, I have formatted my drive since, is there any way possible that I can get them back ? I know it is expensive, but could an expert get anything back for me ?

  Taff™ 13:05 09 Aug 2008

Almost certainly no. If you had inadvertently deleted the files very recently you might have stood a chance but every time you write a new file, or in your case an entirely new installation, it overwrites the older deleted files.

  User-1227738 14:37 09 Aug 2008

So an expert cannot get them back even by taking the drive apart or whatever they do ?

  Taff™ 15:53 09 Aug 2008

I`m pretty certain you`re wasting your time and money, but let`s see if anyone else agrees with me.

  VoG II 16:05 09 Aug 2008

I agree with Taff™.

The chances of getting anything useful back are extremely remote. The best you could hope for would be a few file fragments that you could view with a hex editor.

  User-1227738 17:14 09 Aug 2008

Ok, so what would I get back with the hex editor ? sorry to sound dumb but just want to know what bits i could retrieve ???

  VoG II 17:29 09 Aug 2008

With the text mr penzance in Notepad I get

6D 72 20 70 65 6E 7A 61 6E 63 65

  User-1227738 17:37 09 Aug 2008

Wot on earth is that ? does it translate into anything ?

  User-1227738 17:40 09 Aug 2008

Ok sorry I just got that. ha ha. I had some photo's I needed I suppose they are gone for good then if I can only get text ?

  VoG II 17:45 09 Aug 2008

Those are the hexadecimal values of the ASCII codes that make up your forum name, for example 6D represents m.

So, if you managed to recover a file fragment you could open it in a hex editor and, with the help of a table of ASCII codes, decipher it.

But I honestly don't think that you would recover anything useful.

  VoG II 17:47 09 Aug 2008

With photos you would get hex values representing the code used to represent the picture in whatever picture format was used.

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