My old man installed Windows 7 without making a proper backup, and now realizes he left behind some important data.
He did a true "clean install", so there is no Windows.old folder in the root directory. However, I believe the format performed on the hard drive was only a quick format, so I am hoping there is some chance at data recovery.
I took his hard drive out, and have spent a majority of the weekend researching data recovery options. I paid $70 for the GetDataBack software, but have had little success with it. I can see all of the files I want to restore, however they appear corrupt when I try to open them.
With that all being said, does anyone know of a viable way to recover some of this data, or is it a lost cause all together?