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Old 06-13-2007, 04:10 PM   #1
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I have an hp and my sister accidentally restored our computer to the default factory settings, wiping out our hard drive. She did this by pressing <f10> on the start-up screen, and clicking "yes" to the first pop-up window. My question is, Is there any way to reverse this and recover all my files? Thanks!

I've already tried to restore my computer to an earlier date, but that didn't work.

I also tried to delete a past recovery, but that didn't work either.

Every thing's gone. And the weird part is, (apparently) it didn't even ask her to confirm something as serious as wiping out a hard drive. It just proceeded to do so...

I can't think of anything else to do...

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Old 06-13-2007, 06:58 PM   #2
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Hi Ari-chan,

No I am afraid there is no way of recovering your data,at least not something you can do, maybe a data recovery expert or something, what your sister did was a full format and restore of the operating system.
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Thank You Doby!
I actualy just got off the online-chat with the HP Support guy, and he told me that there was nothing I could do, and that even Best Buy couldn't help me. Oh well. Thanks for the help anyway! =D
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As long as the computer hasn't been used too much since deleting, you could try a data recovery program like PC Inspector (freeware) or GetDataBack (commercial).

These can often recover files from corrupt or formatted drives, but only if the file locations haven't been overwritten, so you'll need to be quick.
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Koala hit it right on the money contrary to HP. It is possible just difficult and time consuming
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