My computer got reformatted, i need help recovering the files (redo)

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    My brother was trying to upgrade one of my computers from XP to Windows 7, but for some reason it said it was upgrading, but it copied none of the files and then just reformatted it the whole computer! Is there any possible way I can recover the files?
    Yes I know I spelled "reformatted" wrong in the title. I am not th world's best speller and I always forget letters when I write.
     
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    You can't. If it formatted your hard drive, you can't get them back. To be sure, look on the root of your hard drive (:/C) to see if there is a folder called windowsold000 or something like that. That might have your files in it. Otherwise, sorry.
     
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    I did that, shit. I found a program that my brother said to try, it seems to find some of the files but not the ones I am looking for
     
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    Lol.. u cant recover and asdf is right give a search for windowsold or windowsold000 if u cant it u have ur files but if u dont u cant have em back.
     
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    Well that's no good >.
     
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    Did your 'brother' install it straight off the CD, or did he just start the Windows 7 Upgrade from Windows XP? If he did the former (which is the only option btw, its a trick question), then no, you can't recover your files.

    The only way to 'upgrade' from Windows XP to Windows 7 would be by upgrading to Vista and then Windows 7, or by doing a clean install, which is what your 'brother' did.

    Good luck getting your data back..
     
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    He did it straight from XP itself and alright, I shall keep that in mind
     
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    Never upgrade it only causes problems. And yes you can recover the files (some of them) just google for a program.
     
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    When i went to Windows 7 from Windows XP all my files was in windowsold on the root of the hard drive.
    Though i count access them or delete them, so i had to reformat. Then after about an hour on Windows 7 i went back down to Windows XP

    [​IMG] all my files was lost [​IMG]
     
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    Cool story, bro.
     
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    It's called Hiren'd Boot CD

    Google it.

    Take some time and learn how to do a DOS-based data retrieval.

    I can tell you that the posts above mine are absolutely wrong. You can do data retrieval AFTER a hard drive is formatted, as long as you didn't do a FULL format.
    Hopefully you chose to do a quick format.

    Even if you did a full format, there is still hope. Try the boot disc and I bet you will be able to recover a LOT of your data, but probably not all of it.

    P.S.- I am not going to walk you through the steps entirely. If you read up on it and have some questions, I'll answer them. I WILL NOT hold your hand all the way through. There's a wonderful thing called "Search Engine" that holds hands just fine.

    GL
     
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    There is a programe called RecoverMyFiles you can do a full format restore with it you will need a seperate hard drive to restore to
     
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    You can also try Recuva, should be freeware. [​IMG]
     
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    GetDataBack is also another good program to retrieve wiped files. Be sure not to install anything further to the drive you want to receover, or try and use it for that matter until you can attempt a recovery. It'll decrease the chances of you recovering more data the more writes it makes to disk.

    Chances are alot of your files are gone. Windows 7 takes up a considerable amount of disk space.
     
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    Yeah - looks like your files are permanently gone since you Installed Windows 7 over them. All those backup files work well - except you cant write over it. Since you did - you better get your brother to buy you a new pc or something.
     
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    Yeeaahhh.... his 'brother'.. [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, I don't like using windows. So I avoid it, my brother is the one who works with it
     

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