Possible Duplicate:
Recover data loss from accidental quick format
Are there any good free undelete tools for Windows? [closed]
Formatted hard drive, forgot to back up a text file. How do I get it back?
recover partition after reinstall windows XP

I have accidentally installed Windows 8 on a partition containing photos and documents. The partition is large so Windows may not have overwritten most files. How do I go about getting those documents back?

Is it even possible?

marked as duplicate by slhck Jan 22 '13 at 9:02

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

  • If you don't know how now, I suspect you'd be best off taking it to a professional. – Xavierjazz Jan 22 '13 at 3:08
  • I know I need some kind of low level disk scanning software, I wanted to get recommendations about which one to use. – tomm89 Jan 22 '13 at 3:10
  • This might help. – terdon Jan 22 '13 at 3:56
  • 1
    Hope u are not booting into the windows.. Get a live CD, every time you log in, potentially files might be getting wiped.. – Karthik T Jan 22 '13 at 4:54
  • Questions for software recommendations are off topic, sorry. There are lots of tools to try, and asking for a list of all of them is considered subjective and not a good fit for Super User. – slhck Jan 22 '13 at 9:03

I would suggest TestDisk which, while not having a GUI (Graphical User Interface), is free and works well.

If a GUI is important to you, consider recuva. I haven't used it, but have read favourable reviews. It also should be free.

Remember that you will need to recover files to another HDD (whether internal or external) so as not to overwrite the data you are trying to recover. You should not recover to the other partition on your harddrive which you have installed Windows on.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.