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Recover Lost Data

Discussion in 'bitch board' started by Robersabel, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. Robersabel

    Robersabel guest

    Had to perform recovery with Dell Computer XP SP3 after discovering 4 viruses

    and 3 Trojans. Lost all data.



    Is it possible to recover photographs, music, and files?



    Robert
     
  2. GettingByOk

    GettingByOk guest

    That depends on whether or not any of your files were overwritten. If you

    have a single drive it's easier, if you have a RAID set it's harder. There

    are data recovery services that are expensive but can be worth it if your

    data is valuable enough.



    Do you have a backup you can use?



    Robert



    "Robersabel" wrote:



    > Had to perform recovery with Dell Computer XP SP3 after discovering 4 viruses

    > and 3 Trojans. Lost all data.

    >

    > Is it possible to recover photographs, music, and files?

    >

    > Robert
     
  3. GettingByOk

    GettingByOk guest

    Also, for right now until you figure out what you need to do I wouldn't write

    anything to your disk(s) with the lost data. You might consider buying a new

    internal and/or external disk, installing your operating system on that one

    and using it until you can recover as much as possible of the data you lost.



    "Robersabel" wrote:



    > Had to perform recovery with Dell Computer XP SP3 after discovering 4 viruses

    > and 3 Trojans. Lost all data.

    >

    > Is it possible to recover photographs, music, and files?

    >

    > Robert
     
  4. GettingByOk

    GettingByOk guest

    Sorry for peppering you with replies to this but you might also consider

    checking your Help and Support item in your Start menu + Googling around for

    Recovering Data or Data Recovery or other phrases that can help you see

    what's possible.



    "Robersabel" wrote:



    > Had to perform recovery with Dell Computer XP SP3 after discovering 4 viruses

    > and 3 Trojans. Lost all data.

    >

    > Is it possible to recover photographs, music, and files?

    >

    > Robert
     
  5. LD55ZRA

    LD55ZRA guest

    No because by using Dell's recovery CD, you have lost everything unless you

    are prepared to pay about $1,500 minimum for recovery specialists to even

    pick up a phone to talk with you!.



    I use Norton Ghost 15 (cost me $40) and it does all the backups for me

    automatically on an external HD (cost me another $35).



    hth



    "Robersabel" <Robert> wrote in message

    news:CECD1E62-7950-4B62-A92B-EC2392684DC4@microsoft.com...

    > Had to perform recovery with Dell Computer XP SP3 after discovering 4

    > viruses

    > and 3 Trojans. Lost all data.

    >

    > Is it possible to recover photographs, music, and files?

    >

    > Robert
     
  6. Robersabel wrote:

    > Had to perform recovery with Dell Computer XP SP3 after discovering

    > 4 viruses and 3 Trojans. Lost all data.

    >

    > Is it possible to recover photographs, music, and files?




    Unlikely - you could try "Undelete" or "Recuva" - but given you essentially

    formatted and wrote over some of the drive contents - chances are slim and

    get slimmer everytime you do anything on that machine.



    I'm guessing you did not follow the most basic rules of computer

    ownership/usage: backups.



    Too complicated? Purchase a Seagate Replica drive - the 500GB version -

    will do everything for you, backing up EVERYTHING .



    --

    Shenan Stanley

    MS-MVP

    --

    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  7. GettingByOk

    GettingByOk guest

    Ugh. Good point. The first thing Dell - and Dell Support in particular - will

    always tell you to do is to reformat your drive. That's almost always the

    worst possible thing to tell somebody right off the bat and there are

    typically ways to fix things and not lose all your data. But saying that

    makes life a lot easier for them and keeps their support costs down, which is

    the main reason they do it undoubtedly.



    I'd Google around and do some research on data recovery to see what might be

    possible. And while you're doing that -> don't write anything to your problem

    disk, you might be overwriting some files you want to keep. Windows resets

    pointers to deleted files but keeps the actual data intact, but it marks that

    space as being available for writing so another file can use the space if it

    needs it.



    "LD55ZRA" wrote:



    > No because by using Dell's recovery CD, you have lost everything unless you

    > are prepared to pay about $1,500 minimum for recovery specialists to even

    > pick up a phone to talk with you!.

    >

    > I use Norton Ghost 15 (cost me $40) and it does all the backups for me

    > automatically on an external HD (cost me another $35).

    >

    > hth

    >

    > "Robersabel" <Robert> wrote in message

    > news:CECD1E62-7950-4B62-A92B-EC2392684DC4@microsoft.com...

    > > Had to perform recovery with Dell Computer XP SP3 after discovering 4

    > > viruses

    > > and 3 Trojans. Lost all data.

    > >

    > > Is it possible to recover photographs, music, and files?

    > >

    > > Robert


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  8. Vannie99

    Vannie99 newb

    For sure you have already solved your dilemma but just in case someone might find this helpful and handy.

    If you are a Mac user, a number of scenarios can create a need for installing and using the best Mac data retrieval software. For example, a simple power outage while working on an important file often results in lost information and in some instances a completely inaccessible file. Malicious activity, viruses, accidental deletions, unplanned formatting, and several other situations often leave individuals and businesses in a conundrum.

    It is still possible to retrieve this information regardless of how the files disappeared or became inaccessible. Simply download the best Mac data recovery software right now and take quick action to retrieve your data. Stellar Phoenix Macintosh File Recovery is a user-friendly Mac utility you can use to accomplish this seemingly daunting task. It is able to scan and locate any files still residing on your hard drive, but not locatable by the operating system through the address table.

    With Stellar Phoenix, you are able to customize the file formats/types to be found during scanning. Once the files have been found, all you have to do is select the files to be recovered, configure a save location, and the utility does the rest! Click here for a detailed instruction.
     

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