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Windows 7: Does Win7 format the drive on installation?

08 Apr 2014   #1

ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
 
 
Does Win7 format the drive on installation?

I'm configuring a data recovery package (Kroll Ontrack) to do a recovery on a drive that had data on it but when Win 7 was installed all the data was lost. The options I have are to seek out deleted files or those where a format was done. The latter will take up to 16 hours and return an ungodly amount of files to sift through
ERGO: Does Win 7 format when it installs?

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08 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cliff789 View Post
I'm configuring a data recovery package (Kroll Ontrack) to do a recovery on a drive that had data on it but when Win 7 was installed all the data was lost. The options I have are to seek out deleted files or those where a format was done. The latter will take up to 16 hours and return an ungodly amount of files to sift through
ERGO: Does Win 7 format when it installs?
Yes it does format the drive on installation. See if it made a Windows.Old file. This is where it puts all of the info that was written over with the new install.
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08 Apr 2014   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

It might delete partitions but it sure as heck won't secure-erase any of it. Of course, if you changed the partition style from MBR to GPT...
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08 Apr 2014   #4

ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
 
 

Partition style was not changed .
There are directories titled: Windows.old; Windows.old.000 & .001 & .002
The files I seek are not all there. - - At least if they are I haven't discovered them just yet.
Is it possible that Windows doesn't prefer to save all of them?
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08 Apr 2014   #5
Arc

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Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Cliff789 View Post
There are directories titled: Windows.old; Windows.old.000 & .001 & .002
The files I seek are not all there. - - At least if they are I haven't discovered them just yet.
Better you try some other third party program to try to recover the data from previous installation.

Recuva is a good option.

Using Partition Wizard Bootable CD may be another good attempt.
Also you may delete the windows.old folders. Windows.old Folder - Delete
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08 Apr 2014   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Arc,

You got the wrong program. What you meant to get for him is Recuva, which is available here, here, and even on their site.

It looks like you corrected the link, but the visible text says otherwise.
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08 Apr 2014   #7
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit SP 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HoneycombAG View Post
Arc,

You got the wrong program. What you meant to get for him is Recuva, which is available here, here, and even on their site.

It looks like you corrected the link, but the visible text says otherwise.
Perhaps you dont know who I am ....so you are pointing it out to me.

I never corrected the link, I just typed Speccy and wrapped the Recuva link.

If you click on the Speccy text, the link goes to Recuva only.

Thanks for the the pointing out, I will rectify the the word now.

And, who am I? I am the resident typo guru.
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08 Apr 2014   #8

ASUS X79 DELUXE LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX
 
 

I have a reached a Resolution. I have recovered the lost files.
Thanks for the input.
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08 Apr 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post

Perhaps you dont know who I am .............................

And, who am I? I am the resident typo guru.
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