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Old 08-30-2009, 09:48 AM   #1
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My hard drive crashed this past week. After a normal reboot, I had a "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" message. I was unable to repair the drive using the Recovery tools (fixboot and fix mbr). Long since contemplating a larger HDD, I bought a new drive and have reinstalled the programs and most of my data. Unfortunately, the last good backup was from January 2009. My Geniesoft Home Backup had not been working and I didn't realize it. I need to recover the data on my crashed drive.

Has anyone had experience with a data recovery program that would work in this case. I have tried two of them: DiskGetor and Pareto Logic. DiskGetor recovered many files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) but it renamed most of them with cryptic numerical file names and no dates which makes them almost unsuable. The Outlook files that it recovered were not current even though the file date was current. I suspect that it ran into some issues and just did the best it could. The Pareto Logic tool ran for 4 hours and reported that it found 7 files, none of which I recognized. It was still running before I cancelled it.

I would appreciate any help you can provide.

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Get Data Back works well . . https://www.runtime.org/
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Or r-studio, it could well be that there is too much damage to the filesystem to recover full names, if the directory can't be located, then even tho the recovery software can identify the file type by the file header signature, it has no way to discover the name. Scanning with goos recovery software can take quite some time so be patient while it is working. If r-studio and getdataback can't come up with file names and a directory structure, then it's a pretty sure thing that there is significant damage to the structure and nothing will get that info back..
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