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Opticork last won the day on February 11 2016

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  1. Recovering Deleted Files

    Well, I'll try to import it into the project, but I'll leave the testing for this program on you. Is that alright to you?
  2. Recovering Deleted Files

    What's the program name? And by the way, who and when will unlock my topic?
  3. Recovering Deleted Files

    1) It's exactly 129 MBs including some files that are not actually used from the system. 2) I install it using my one installer that will be included in project's download link. (actually it won't just be included, it will be the only thing that you download) 3) Everything seemed to be working fine with the project. Development will be continued from tomorrow.
  4. Recovering Deleted Files

    Well, the file seems to be fine. After recovering it, Windows said that the folder were few MB and after checking the scripts it all seemed to be fine. Now I'll put it in my VM for testing and we'll see what the results are going to be. But the first thing in my task list is to back it up in 2 CD / DVD, in 1 flash drive and in 1 external hard drive... lol
  5. Recovering Deleted Files

    Fortunately I have a great news. After letting the computer scan one more night, it found the KernelEx project, so only SP5 will be on hold, but the KernelEx project development will continue. However, the beta versions of this project will be delayed to 07.03.2016 (March 07, 2016). Anyways, there should always be something bad, as I wasn't able to recover Service Pack 5 or my Cousins Saves, Games and whatever god can think of, Service Pack 5 development will be canceled for now and will be continued in the near future. My Response: Wow!!!!!! No one can accidentally do this! Especially someone who is actually developing software ... you are actually developing software?!?!?! Gh0st brings up a good question. All in all this is a very bizarre situation. We have a software developer that is working on XP KernelEx and XP SP5. Those two tasks are way, way, way beyond what I would be able to do so this developer must be very, very smart. The developer has an unfortunate situation occur which causes his HDD to format itself. He has no idea how this happens, unless he is trying to not blame his cousin or something. He also explains that this format was not a quick format, but how does he know that it wasn't a quick format? Unless he was just referring to the amount of time the format seem to take? (I forget whether the quick format is the default one or not.) Anyway, once that format completed, apparently he felt that didn't do enough damage so he formatted the HDD a second time, this time ensuring that it was a quick format, and has since then expressed concern that the quick format might have done the worst of the damage, even though jaclaz has explained that the quick format, on its own, would do the least amount of damage. Then he installed XP onto the HDD, installed drivers, updates for XP, applications, 50 GB of miscellaneous files onto the drive, elc and then started to try and recover the files that had been on the drive before this unfortunate situation occurred. He has apparently downloaded various file recovery utilities and probably installed them onto that same HDD and maybe continued to use that drive to browse the internet etc. Jaclaz, harkaz, and others have stressed that he needed to make a bit-for-bit copy, or clone, of his drive and try his recovery efforts on the copy and leave the original drive alone, but he says that he wants to try a few other software recovery methods first. He had backups of his development work, but those backups also broke somehow. Since much of the latest progress on KernelEX and SP5 seems to have happened over the last week or two, I'm not sure when these backups broke and how long he did development work without replacing his broken backups. How someone as smart as he is and so knowledgeable about the technical intricacies of computers didn't understand that almost everything he did after the mysterious initial format occurred was making his goal of recovering his files less and less possible seems improbable. I don't know which recovery software he has tried and I have no idea how he managed to find even the remnants which he says he found as quickly as he said he found them if everything he says occurred actually occurred. I have used recovery software in the past and the searching process took a great deal of time, and that was without two formats, installing on OS, etc on top of it. That was several years ago with a much less powerful system than what I assume he has, but still. I really do not want to disparage the reputation of Opticork in any way and I had very high hopes for his work on KernelEX and SP5 which seemed to be progressing surprisingly quickly, but this situation has me wondering. I hope I am wrong and I have somehow misunderstood this situation. Here's hoping for the best, a miracle recovery of his cousin's Sims 2 files, and a quick resumption of the KernelEX and SP5 projects. Cheers and Regards Well, I kinda do as he's the one that did the first format and I know that it wasn't quick as I came to the room a little bit later and the second was from me, because Windows XP's setup didn't allowed me to install it until I format it once again, so I can access data recovery program. It wasn't the smartest thing that anyone can do, but fortunately at least the KernelEx project was saved from the File's Cemetery... The only thing we can hope now, is that the kernel32.dll isn't corrupted as it will take me much time to fix it. EDIT: I've decided that I'll also start Recuva for one night if it eventually comes up with something good, but well the chances are very small.
  6. Recovering Deleted Files

    Well, I have found the Sims 2 Saves folder, however in it there was just five completely randomized files, all with the same names. (random names, file types and etc.) Does that mean that the save files are somewhere out of this folder or completely wiped out? (By the way, that folder was on the desktop) About the KernelEx and SP5, they were completely overwritten and there is not even a word left from it's scripts. As it's already obvious that the KernelEx & SP5 development will be on-hold for around a month, is there any way that at least the Sims 2 files are stored somewhere in the hard drive?
  7. Recovering Deleted Files

    I cannot understand the "got", do you mean that you copied to the re-formatted volume 50 Gb worth of files and actually re-installed an XP on it? Each single byte that has been written to the volume after the formatting has overwritten (irrecoverably) the byte that was there before, would you think that this increases probability of recovery? jaclaz I mean that after formatting the hard drive, I've installed Windows on it, then the drivers and then some programs. Will this screw my deleted files up? EDIT: Forgot to mention that the PC was actually formatted two times yesterday, not only once. I have firstly started accidentally the first one, which wasn't *quick*, but unfortunately the second one minutes after the first one was. Will this affect the deleted file? I am asking because, if the first time wasn't quick and the PC formatted the files, they should be alright and there shouldn't be anything for the second format to deleted. (the second format that was *quick*). Is there any chance that the files are still somewhere, there in the hard drive or they got completely overwritten or corrupted?
  8. Recovering Deleted Files

    Actually I got a lot of files on the hard drive after I formatted it. Like 50 GB or so including the Windows XP on it. Will this decrease the chance of restoring the file and also, when I got files on that hard drive again, what should I do in this case now when the hard drive is not empty anymore?
  9. Recovering Deleted Files

    Do you mean a image of the sectors status? As I already did one and around 90% of all sectors were fine. Sorry for this stupid questions, but I don't have a clue about "Data Recovering".
  10. Recovering Deleted Files

    There is NO WAY on earth that anyone (not just you) can restore the system to the way it was before the format Maybe it will be possible to recover some files, and there is NO WAY to know in advance how many or which of the files that were on the volume can be recovered. Try re-reading, this time slowly, what was posted earlier. As a numbered list: 1) make a dd-like, "forensic sound", or "sector-by-sector" image of your disk (please confirm that you have a suitable device to contain this image and that you know how, and which tools to use to make such an image). 2) better if you can afford to make two such clone images (one clone from the original and then a second copy of the first image) 3) Get dmde (link given above) and try accessing the image, after having read very carefully the documentation. 4) IF (hopefully) some traces of the previous filesystem can be found, then the files that will be listed will most probably be recoverable with their name and extension and will be valid. 5) Then, once you will have recovered through dmde all recoverable files, and after having verified that the recovered files are valid, you may want to try Photorec (link also given above) that will likely manage to recover a large number of files, with no guarantee whatsoever to have them with the right path/name and extension, and not even with any guarantee of the actual files to be valid (you will need to check them one by one). 6) another, even more troublesome/complex step, if the results of the above will be not satisfactorily enough, would be to do a further pass of both dmde and photorec, after having mapped everything you already recovered on the image and zeroing the corresponding space. 7) a further step will be to reanalyze the image manually. If you need assistance for items #1 up to #3 just ask. For steps #4 and #5 you will probably need some assistance, and as well we can assist you, once you will have get the hang of the use of those programs. For item #6 I can as well give you some instructions/hints, but it starts to be something for which you will need hours, possibly days of practice. Item #7 is well beyond the common knowledge of even advanced users, you will likely need weeks, possibly months of training and practice. If there is the need to go past step #5 it is usually not worth it, while you can repeat steps #4 and #5 many times, using different programs from the ones I suggested, though you will then need to procure the licenses for some Commercial programs. jaclaz 1) I really don't know how to do that... Can you suggest a software for it? 2) Same as 1) 3) Before doing it, I wanna try few other softwares. 4) 5) I have already tried Photorec, but it does only found files that are currently in my Hard Drive (non deleted ones). Any help?
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    Then, is there any way that I can restore my system to the way it was before the format? Or maybe, restore only one already existing folder in the new version of Windows to the folder versions of the old Windows before the format? Or maybe a free software that will again recover deleted files, that won't take long and will 90% surely find my files? I really need that folders out of the File's Cemetery. Please, anything. I accept all kinds of ways, it doesn't matter how hard it would be anymore, I just need it to work!
  12. Recovering Deleted Files

    I actually had backups, until they also broke...
  13. Recovering Deleted Files

    You mean that you are still using that hard disk accidentally formatted volume? The first thing to do in this cases is to STOP fiddling with the device immediately, make a forensic sound image of it, and only later think about attempting to recover files. Which OS? XP? Which filesystem, NTFS? How big is the formatted volume in size? How EXACTLY was the format initiated? As a rule of thumb if that is XP you were lucky that the format command is not entirely destructive on XP (on Vista and later, unless it was a "quick" format it would be completely destructive), an in-place format on XP instead might leave enough data to perform some (partially) file system level recovery and some file recovery. The tool of choice in these cases would be: 1) DMDE that should be able to recover some data at file system level http://dmde.com/ 2) PHOTOREC that should be able to recover a large part of the files at file level: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec The difference between file system level recovery and "plain" file recovery is that usually the first - for the data that i can find - can recover file metadata (i.e. name and extension) besides having the capability (again for the partial data found) to recover fragmented files, the second can at the most recover contiguous files, often losing the original name and extension. Recovering data from a formatted volume is a time-taking, difficult/complex and often not successful activity, tools like Photorec that attempt to recover files are exceptionally good, but the output needs to be verified single file by single file, as each resulting file is more than a recovered file, something that the program perceives as a file, each single file format (.bmp, .jpg, .doc, etc.) may have some internal metadata that may increase the probabilities of a valid recovery but there are no certainties. The biggest enemy of file based recovery is disk fragmentation, usually on a perfectly and completely defragmented volume formatted "on place" everything (or nearly everything) can be recovered, but on a fragmented volume it is nearly impossible to recover anythign of value or the amount of time needed for the recovery is so big that it simply isn't worth it. DMDE (or other filesystem oriented data recovery program) on the other hand may be able in this case to recover only a small amount of files, but those fewer files are usually in good condition. You will need some (a lot of) patience to perform a filesystem based data recovery and you will need to get familiar with some filesystem innards and to the way the program works. jaclaz 1. Windows XP SP2 64-bit 2. NTFS 3. 1 TB 4. I don't really know... But the bigger problem is that the KernelEx for Windows XP and the SP5 for Windows XP are stored in that cemetery and I should be extra careful with doing such a scans, because that hard drive is already 6 years old and I may not survive even one more scan. If the hard drive dies, those project die with it. I have already performed 2 scans with two different programs and none of them showed "The Sims 2 save backup", "KernelEx" or "USP5", but it did show some folders from the time when the computer was bought... What should I do? Should I try other softwares or try collecting every single peace of the puzzle (the files that are not in folders) ?
  14. Yesterday I have accidentally formatted my hard drive and I lost some files that I really wish to recover. (This also contains KernelEx + Unofficial SP5 for Windows XP, so be quick before the files get corrupted!) My cousin was playing Sims 2 on that PC and he really, really, REALLY want's them back. After browsing the net for a data recovery program I have found one, but after the searching ended the programs found 14,000,000 (12 TB) of deleted data and I found the folder there ("The Sims 2 save backup"), but the problem is that the when I opened the recovered folder there was just two files, but the original one had around 15 files in it. That's how the original one should look like: But the recovered one has only 2 non sense named files in the both Sims 2 save backup & KernelEx. What should I do? Are the files lost for ever? or there's another way to recover them? All kinds of help will be greatly appreciated! (That includes: Software Recommendation, Tips, Tricks and etc.)
  15. Best freeware software

    PowerISO - Daemon Tools Lite 10 (The trial versions just puts some ads, but you can use it forever.) - Supports Windows XP PhotoShop - Paint.NET - Supports Windows XP with KernelEx Nero - MagicISO - Supports Windows XP