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How do I recover a hard drive?

Asked by koesac (148 points ) May 31st, 2008

So I reinstalled Windows XP on a laptop and need to get off all the photos and emails that I lost. I know I am an idiot! What is the best way of doing this? I have found some programs:
http://www.pandorarecovery.com/
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html
http://www.undelete-plus.com/
http://www.recuva.com/
http://lifehacker.com/software/data-recovery/download-of-the-day-unstoppable-copier-windowslinux-253437.php

So I was wondering if anyone has used any of these or any others or has any tips. I know that it is best to use a usb drive to avoid disk writes, is there anything else?

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If the information is important, do not switch on the laptop and speak to a data recovery company. You’ll probably pay something like $200 and it’ll serve you well.

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