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Chances of recovering files from 3 years ago on an external HDD?

Discussion in 'General PC Chat' started by TheSource, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. TheSource

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    Hey guys bit of a strange one but my uncle gave me an external HDD 3 years ago. It had all his home movies on which he transferred to a bigger drive. I'm sure you've guessed it by now but that HDD has now broke. However the external HDD has only been used to store a few things on but has been formatted 3/4 times i guess over the years. What's the chances of recovering his home movies?
     
  2. pabloescaban

    pabloescaban TK Veteran Forum Supporter

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    if it's been formatted a few times there's probably not much hope but Recuvva from Piriform, I used it once and it found some movies but not all.
    It finds pictures better for some reason but might be worth a shot as it's free
     
  3. TheSource

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    Great I'll try that. It's been formatted about 3 times only the basic format windows offers. However it has 250GB on it already and it's only a 500GB drive? I guess thats overwritten anything that was on it?
     
  4. pabloescaban

    pabloescaban TK Veteran Forum Supporter

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    yes but recuvva can find files that have been overwritten

    from memory, it was a fairly long and tedious excercise :(
     
  5. steptoe

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    photorec

    really good and fairly powerful,
    make sure you are recovering to a different drive than the one you are trying to read
     
  6. BeakyFord

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    Hirens boot CD has a multitude of tools to help recover drives, very handy software :)