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Best undelete tool for NTFS/FAT?

What's the best programs used to recover .PST files successfully without having to spend $1000 for a data recovery company. In my understanding once a file is deleted its not deleted per se. What I'm looking for is a program that has a success rate of 80%.

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marked as duplicate by quack quixote Apr 7 '10 at 21:29

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While you're waiting for an answer, keep the hard disk drive where the file was deleted powered-off. Any writing you do that drive (which happens during the normal course of most PC operating systems running) lessens your chances of recovery. (Chant to yourself "I'll backup my data in the future..." while you wait.) –  Evan Anderson Apr 7 '10 at 19:59
Totally seconding what @Evan says. That drive should go out of business until a solution is found. Many undelete programs even come with bootable CDs/DVDs to prevent any hard disk writing before the restore. –  Pekka 웃 Apr 7 '10 at 20:01
List of undelete programs: serverfault.com/questions/50935/… –  Pekka 웃 Apr 7 '10 at 20:02

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I have used RecoverMyFiles with success in the past. It's not free though, and I had to use the PST repairs tools that come with Office once I recovered the PST.

PhotoRec is free: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec

I haven't used it, though. Heard about it on RunAs Radio a couple weeks ago.

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