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    Recovering Deleted Data

    Some Background:

    This isn't mission critical data that I'm recovering, it's a few gigs of movies and mp3's.
    I'm attempting to recover data from a laptop that has had the operating system re-installed.
    The data, along with windows was wiped out on a laptop and since, a technicain reinstalled the OS, before I had a chance to attempt to recover files with an undeletion tool.

    I'm sure the data has been written over, but only once. I know for it needs to be written over at least a few times before it's complete gone.

    The systems:

    I have at my disposal a linux workstation and the ability to install any recommend software.
    The victim computer is a w2k laptop.

    The criteria:
    The tools has to be an open-source solution, or at the least if it has to be windows, free solution to recovering the files.

    I'm willing to try any tools that meet the criteria.

    Thanks,
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    I'm thinking that you will be extremely lucky to find a free solution for windows - most undelete programs for windows cost $$ (and even then a lot of them won't undelete after an OS reinstall.)

    A quick search of google turned up this
    http://www.binarybiz.com/vlab/ms2-wi...after%20format

    got no idea if the free trial is any good or even if the program is any good but it sounds like what you need

    also just found this one
    http://63.141.194.5/rescue/index.html

    you might want to check google for any other options


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    Thanks zonewalker, I'll look into those tools. You've got a nice site ( www.zonewalker.net )by the way. I'd love to have your pics in my site's photo gallery ( stop by).


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    Try PC Inspector file recovery,might work.Good luck
    gizmo

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    There two tools might come in handy, I learned about them from project.honeynet.org
    They are
    TASK (The @stake Sleuth Kit) and Autopsy (graphical frontend to TASK)
    It does involve some knowledge about file-headers though.
    TASK can be found @ http://www.atstake.com/research/tools/task/index.html
    Autopsy @ http://www.atstake.com/research/tool...psy/index.html

    TASK is a collection of open source, command line tools based on The
    Coroner's Toolkit (TCT) and TCTUTILs. Using these tools, an investigator
    can view the details of NTFS, FAT, FFS, and EXT2FS file systems.
    TASK gives an investigator access to details that other tools do not,
    which can be used for advanced file recovery. TASK is the only open
    source collection of tools for both Windows and UNIX file systems that
    allow one to view both allocated and unallocated files.

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