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I've reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled Windows but nothing else. I've looked at several hard drive recovery options and many say they can recover data after reformatting but the reformat I did was a low-level reformat, not the quick format. Is it technically possible to recover files after a low-level reformat?

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If money were no issue it might be possible to recover the data. If you were a spy from an enemy government your government would spend a million dollars they would probably get the data back. –  cybernard Oct 12 '13 at 22:57
    
Are you asking if there's any method that has a non-zero chance of recovering the data? Or are you asking if there's any method that's likely to recover the data? And with what level of resources used? –  David Schwartz Oct 12 '13 at 23:12
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What kind of "low-level reformat", precisely? –  grawity Oct 12 '13 at 23:15
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I wondered the same thing as grawity. I suspect you just mean you didn't do the "quick format", but if it was a software format such as from (or while installing) Windows, that's not a low-level format. In fact, it's hard to low-level format a drive these days; Seagate says the equivalent is to 0-fill (knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/203931en ), but I'd say the best you'd get is to use UBAN with at least 3 passes. If you meant you used a tool like UBAN, though, then it is equivalent to a low-level format and almost impossible to recover. –  Debra Oct 12 '13 at 23:45
    
Ok, I'll keep you guys informed; thanks for your input. –  frenchie Oct 13 '13 at 12:16

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Technically ( for example for security companies with special tools), it's maybe possible to recover data. But for a normal user: No, it's not possible.

Don't worry. Normal users aren't able to recover the data.

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Ok, thanks for the answer; I'll keep you informed. –  frenchie Oct 13 '13 at 12:16

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