RE: How do I recover my old stuff?

Subject: RE: How do I recover my old stuff?
From: "Mike McCallister" <mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com>
To: "Jan Cohen" <najnehoc -at- yahoo -dot- com>, <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2010 08:16:44 -0500

I've been following this thread fairly closely, as I used to document
Ontrack's EasyRecovery software at the dawn of the millennium. It
appears that the software is still available, and that they haven't
redesigned the user guide since I left in 2002.

While I haven't used the product in quite some time, I can say that
EasyRecovery was reasonably priced, and quite effective. I'd guess it
still is; there's a free Lite version that recovers 25 files at a time
if you want to try it out.

http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/file-recovery-software/

Click the User Guide link on the right to see the PDF. Try not to blame
me for the "Note" graphics. 8-)

Mike McCallister
Document Architect
PKWARE, Inc.

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Subject: RE: How do I recover my old stuff?

>> If you want to recover your data, don't use this computer **at*all**.


>> Every time any program writes to that disk, it's probably overwriting
pieces

>> of multiple files. Recovering 80% of a file isn't as useful as you
might
think.



That's a very good point and a caution well worth noting. Under normal
circumstances, I'd probably thoroughly disagree, but the OP is using a
laptop that is nine years old and might find it difficult to add a
second
drive and make it the hardware/OS dependent primary. But if he can
manage
it, he could do exactly that, install an OS and the recovery app on the
primary, then run that app against the old drive which would now be the
secondary. Even if he was hardware ignorant, a good user manual
accompanying
the software should walk him through the steps painlessly.



The question is: of the recovery apps that are available, which are
accompanied by good technical documentation (e.g., a user guide).





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