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    i recently installed a clean windows 10 with media creation tool. i was using an external hard drive that had alot of family and friends photos. now after everything is done. i realised that the hard drive had erased everything on it; is there a way to recover all the files that was deleted on the hard drive? 

    thank you

    Sunday, January 15, 2017 8:56 AM

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  • I'd stop using it immediately and search out some of the many disk recovery services. You can always ask general windows questions over here.

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows

     

     

     



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    Sunday, January 15, 2017 1:57 PM
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  • I'd stop using it immediately and search out some of the many disk recovery services. You can always ask general windows questions over here.

    https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows

     

     

     



    Regards, Dave Patrick ....
    Microsoft Certified Professional
    Microsoft MVP [Windows Server] Datacenter Management

    Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees, and confers no rights.

    Sunday, January 15, 2017 1:57 PM
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  • I just want to emphasize that the most important part is what Dave said "stop using it immediately"!

    Each time you use the disk you might write data on the old data. As long as no data was re-write there is a good chance to restore, since simple deleting action does not really delete anything from the disc always, but only marked the space as empty - therefore the system can re-write on it.


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    Monday, January 16, 2017 4:20 AM
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  • Too late, the OP already written about 5 GB of the Win10 setup files onto the disk. The OP probably will have to keep living and taking new photos. And be more careful next time. (Whoever deleted my previous reply, thank you for vigilance :)

    My own recent experience with a data recovery service was not great. They charged ~ $25 up front for the checking the drive. Called back the next day and told that the chance of successful recovery is 60% and it will cost $N but if they won't succeed they will refund $N/2. Given that N was large enough, I guessed they were going just to take the money and tell me few days later that they tried hard but failed. YMMV.

    -- pa



    • Edited by Pavel A Monday, January 16, 2017 3:27 PM
    Monday, January 16, 2017 3:25 PM
  • You are totally wrong (in general)

    I have no information about who you talk with, but what you present here sound fair and make sense. I know about much higher costs then 25$ for first check... more in the level of 400$+ 

    But these actions are not meant to use for home users.

    * Even if you did write on the disk, theoretically there is good chance to restore a lot if not all the data. The restore procedure can includes complex algorithm for extrapolation and interpolation, which can even create new missing parts of the data. If the disk was not well partitioned the chance for restoring data of big files in disk that was re-write is higher (since you probably have big pieces of the data for the big files and since the new writing was done in the one part of the dist probably), but if the disk was well partitioned then there is bigger chance to save small files from the part you did not write on... These are only golden rules but data can be restore in lot of cases.

    I personally saved data from corrupted disks, and from formatted disks, several times, using free software. Paid professional app can do much more probably.

    MOREOVER!

    If you know what data was deleted there is better change to restore it. For example, as I am familiar with SQL Server internal stored format, I several times succeed to restore data from corrupted databases, using undocumented tools like DBCC DBCC PAGE, DBCC writepage, and direct writing binary using binary editor (I am talking about missing 1 binary data for example in the file that can lead to corrupted databases), and there other option like finding the missing data in different part of the database... Anyhow this is not rlevant to the OP case.


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    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 2:21 PM
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