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Windows 7: How do I recover data after reformatting

20 Aug 2009   #1

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How do I recover data after reformatting

I recently reformatted the harddrive and installed Windows 7. Afterward realized that forgot to save all my emails from Outlook Express. How do I get them back?

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20 Aug 2009   #2


It may be your lucky day, all things considered.

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20 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot

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Download the demo version from Partition Recovery Software recovers windows data and provides NTFS & FAT file recovery and install it in separate drive. And Follow these steps:-

Caution: Never save the data to the partition or drive from where you are recovering data, as it may result in overwriting of data, and would result in permanent data loss!!!

Click the Select 'Physical Disk' button on the Icon Toolbar.

• A dialog appears listing the physical disk(s) available.

• Select the physical disk that contains the formatted logical drive.

• Another dialog box pops up, select 'Search for logical drives' option.

• Another dialog box pops up, select 'Advance Search' option. (This process may take some time).

• Select the formatted logical drive from the list.

• Phoenix analyses the drive data and file system attributes and displays the directory tree.

• Some data structures are critically damaged after a drive format. It is HIGHLY recommended that you should use 'search for lost file(s) and folder(s)' option under 'Tools' menu to recover all the files and folders lost after drive format (This process may take some time).

• After 'search for lost file(s) and folder(s)' search process is complete you will find all the files and directories in the tree.

• Select 'Change Linking Mode' option from 'Tools' menu and further change the linking mode to Contiguous.

• Then select the file(s) and folder(s) you wish to recover and choose option 'Recover Selected' from toolbar.

I am sure by now you must have seen your lost data. If you could see the lost files then go for the full version otherwise I would recommend you to try this File Recovery Software to Undelete / Unerase & recovers data / files . This is the advance version of Fat & NTFS Data Recovery software which works on file signature search.
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20 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate RTM

You can also try this program (which is not free) but it can recover your emails from Outlook Express even if you've formatted the drive.

Jim P.
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20 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by motherofthyme View Post
I recently reformatted the harddrive and installed Windows 7. Afterward realized that forgot to save all my emails from Outlook Express. How do I get them back?
If your email provider was web based (Gmail, hotmail, yahoo, etc), it's possible there may be copies of all your emails saved online. At least that's the way gmail works and I would think some others as well.
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