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Old 09-13-2009, 01:54 AM
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How is it possible for data recover software not to find ANY files? I've run 5 different data recovery programs on a hdd and its finding NOTHING at all. Am I missing something? Can someone please help!?
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:58 AM
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very, very very bad corruption.

hard drive was wiped before you got to it.

what kinds of files are you trying to recover and in what manner? (slave, bootdisk, etc)
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Trying to recover photos only. Its a laptop hdd. I have it connected to my machine via a use adapter.

I've tried using Getdataback, O&O Diskrecovery and a few other programs. I've tried a format recover and i've tried searching for files
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I've tried everything... None of the software i've tried has recovered any files. I find that kinda weird... shouldn't it at least find something? There are no errors on the disk. I've even tried Spinrite and still nothing! Yes, i've tried Recuva

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Get any program that will display the sectors on the drive and scroll through some of it. If you find patterns of fill then you can pretty much assume the drive is wiped.
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Even if the drive has been "wiped" There still has to be a way to recover the pics. If the partition was deleted and a new one created... can you recover that?
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Have you tried photorec.
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Hook it up to a disk diag program that will read the smart status, check and see how many hours the drive has on it.

there may be circumstances that the client hasnt made you aware about and its possible that it is a truly blank hard drive(as in new).

If secure wiping software was used, and not just the standard freeware wipes...your only bet would be electron microscope recovery. which is in the 50k+ range.

I would suggest trying R studio which is very good at raw recovery. Ontrack is as well. you are working from a sector image and not the actual drive right? If you have tried 5 different softwares without write block hardware inplace, you may be causing more corruption to the files you wish to recover.

Edit(just saw a couple of posts came in while I was typing)- yes you can recover if a partition table was deleted. Contrary to popular NCIS/CSI tv shows though...there are sometimes when data just cant be recovered, so you never want to guarantee that you can recover data.

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Old 09-13-2009, 03:11 AM
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Just finished scanning with that. Still nothing!
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Just finished scanning with that. Still nothing!
did you check to see if the drive is even used?

It would also help to know why recovery is needed in the first place.

When you said "any files" do you mean any period, or any photos. did it recover any garbage files at all? was the computer running any kind of encryption?

If it was a sparse encryption you wouldnt be able to see the files without some specialized procedures

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