File recovery formatted hard drive

  Alan-Petrie 23:18 17 Apr 2009

I had to reinstall windows on a computer tonight. I had planned to use the same partition as I expected the files to be moved into a folder called windows old. However I accidentally clicked quick format and installed windows over the top of the files already on the disk. I wish to recover the “my pictures” folder. Can anyone recommend a program which can if possible search for folders on a hard drive and back them up.

Thanks Alan

  brundle 23:24 17 Apr 2009

The most obvious is Recuva; click here

What filesystem was the drive before quick format? (FAT32 or NTFS)

  Alan-Petrie 23:24 17 Apr 2009


  brundle 23:30 17 Apr 2009

Many of the freebies only work on FAT32, but Recuva works on either.

  Technotiger 23:45 17 Apr 2009

Or if that does not work, you could try click here this is a link to a direct download.

A very useful bit of software to keep anyway.

  Technotiger 23:46 17 Apr 2009

PS - my link is particularly good at recovering images/pics.

  Alan-Petrie 23:50 17 Apr 2009


When I look in disk managment the drive is 149GB in several partitions.

63MB Unallocated
8MB Unallocated

However I can only find the two biggest partitions with recuva.

  Alan-Petrie 23:55 17 Apr 2009

The 37.07GB partition is a norton ghost backup I have been told. Is there anyway to open these files without norton ghost as the hard drive is in a different computer now.

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