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I did a quick format and windows 7 installation on a client computer without knowing that the computer contained archived emails. So when I learnt that the computer had these important files I pulled out Recuva and scanned the drive. Then I extracted the pst-files, but of course they were corrupt.

I tried to recover them with scanpst but it just stopped working or did't find anything. I tried some other software as well but it did not work.

So am I totally our of hope here or is there something else I should try?

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@Hello71 Yes, I stopped everything immediately. THe only thing that has run since is recuva –  Oskar Kjellin Jun 20 '10 at 15:02
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TestDisk is perhaps able to help you.

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Best recovery software there is GetDataBack

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+1 I love this software as long as someone pays me a license. I also have to recover formatted data and I was able to find it all right but can't recover without a license. /angry/ For a one time only usage 95€ seems waaaay too expensive. And they don't offer any discounts... –  Robert Koritnik Dec 14 '11 at 18:53
    
What is your data worth? –  Moab Dec 15 '11 at 2:03
    
I can live without it but would be nice to have it back... –  Robert Koritnik Dec 15 '11 at 9:39
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So am I totally our of hope here or is there something else I should try?

First thing you should try is to restore from your latest backup. It's so easy to do, and presto! Your data is there.

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Try Recuva, Its a free file recovery program. Personally, I would pay for Recover it All or something like that, but if you want to be cheap, try freeware first.

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Wow, almost 2 years and 8-odd months after he posted his question you suggested the exact same program he already used? –  Karan Jul 12 '13 at 1:20
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