How to recover deleted files after destructive recovery

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Hello,I did a destructive recovery on my pc Thursday August 12 2010 . I saved all my folders etc on a external hard drive or so I thought.

After I got the pc cranked back up and hooked the external harddrive back up, I found the MY Documents folder was gone.

Can anyone help, Thanks in advance.
 

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There is 297 Gb's worth of stuff on the external hd but the My Documents folder isnt there. When I highlighted and drug My Shared folder it took 40 minutes to copy it, but with My Documents it copied it in about 3 minutes. Thanks for your reply
 
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Believe me when I tell you you're not going to recover anything. I've tried it myself on customer's computers that formated their hard drive and the chances are slim and none.
 

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I had to take it to a local computer repair guy Friday and so far late Friday evening he had recovered 1/4 of the folder.He told me that he will have it all by Tuesday . He said he "goes under windows os and recovers data, he 's pulled up some stuff I had deleted 2 years ago. He also found My Docoments folder on the external harddrive also but he wont bother that unless he cant recover all the stuff from the computer.

It costs a pretty penny though and I had to pay him up front .Thanks for all the replies and help from you guys.
 
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I'd like to know what software he's using. Are you sure you did a "destructive recovery"? Something sounds fishy.
 

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Yeah most of the time, you are limited to software unless you've got a clean room. But a destructive deletion sounds like you wrote zeros to the drive, which usually destroys the data. So not sure what he's using.
 

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I definitely did a "destructive recovery" and I wish I knew what software he uses too, I wouldnt be here or wouldnt have had to pay him ,would I?
 

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What I did was to bring the computer back to the condition it was in when I first got it. On my computer when it first cranks up I start tapping the F-8 key until it shows the system restore screen. When I clicked destuctive it totally wiped out the hard drive and restored it to factory condition.
 
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