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September 11, 2020, 07:41:47 PM
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Well first off i would not install anything because that is the best way to overwrite the old data.
In stead boot from a dvd or usb into a live system and mount the drive in read only so that every remaining bit will be protected.
Then you make a RAW copy of the entire drive to another disk to duplicate the original.
After this you can start examining the copy to see what is left of the previous installation.
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September 12, 2020, 08:35:42 AM
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NotATether, did you read all the posts before you wrote your post? I have already given the same advice to OP, but he is obviously not interested in trying to save the thing that way - and if more than 30 days have passed then the windows.old folder has already been deleted.

You need to find it fast because Windows is going to delete the whole folder automatically after about a month, and I'm assuming you reinstalled Windows today.

1) I used laptop 3-4 weeks after reinstallation so recover data is probably poor chance, plus I use SSD, not HDD, so I probably overwritten the data already.



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September 12, 2020, 08:50:04 AM
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NotATether, did you read all the posts before you wrote your post? I have already given the same advice to OP, but he is obviously not interested in trying to save the thing that way - and if more than 30 days have passed then the windows.old folder has already been deleted.

You need to find it fast because Windows is going to delete the whole folder automatically after about a month, and I'm assuming you reinstalled Windows today.

1) I used laptop 3-4 weeks after reinstallation so recover data is probably poor chance, plus I use SSD, not HDD, so I probably overwritten the data already.



Guys I really appreciate your help, trust me this is the first method I tried, to recover the data.. Windowls.old file is only when you install windows above your windows, but when you format the disk, it won't be there.. I tried to recover the data with easeus tool, however most likely I overwritten the data already when I tried to do that, so in other woords - I am doomed.

However I really appreciate for all your help and I am happy that no one made any joke comments about how dumb I am, because I am lol!


Thank you again!
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September 12, 2020, 09:00:44 AM
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Ok so with this additional info we can continue.

Did you do a hard format or did you do a soft format when you reinstalled windows ?

Also in easeus you have to specify a partition it is most likely that you selected the current and so there is a slight chance that you did not examine the previous one.
There is still hope, but only if you did a soft format so that is the main question at this moment in time.
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September 12, 2020, 10:22:43 AM
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Ok so with this additional info we can continue.

Did you do a hard format or did you do a soft format when you reinstalled windows ?

Also in easeus you have to specify a partition it is most likely that you selected the current and so there is a slight chance that you did not examine the previous one.
There is still hope, but only if you did a soft format so that is the main question at this moment in time.


I believe I did a quick format, which means soft format..
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September 12, 2020, 10:45:53 AM
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NotATether, did you read all the posts before you wrote your post? I have already given the same advice to OP, but he is obviously not interested in trying to save the thing that way - and if more than 30 days have passed then the windows.old folder has already been deleted.

You need to find it fast because Windows is going to delete the whole folder automatically after about a month, and I'm assuming you reinstalled Windows today.

1) I used laptop 3-4 weeks after reinstallation so recover data is probably poor chance, plus I use SSD, not HDD, so I probably overwritten the data already.

I actually missed the part where he said that. Embarrassing indeed. Aside from the windows.old folder there isn't another practical way I can think of to retrieve his old files.

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September 12, 2020, 10:54:44 AM
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NotATether, did you read all the posts before you wrote your post? I have already given the same advice to OP, but he is obviously not interested in trying to save the thing that way - and if more than 30 days have passed then the windows.old folder has already been deleted.

You need to find it fast because Windows is going to delete the whole folder automatically after about a month, and I'm assuming you reinstalled Windows today.

1) I used laptop 3-4 weeks after reinstallation so recover data is probably poor chance, plus I use SSD, not HDD, so I probably overwritten the data already.

I actually missed the part where he said that. Embarrassing indeed. Aside from the windows.old folder there isn't another practical way I can think of to retrieve his old files.

Windows.old file is when you install windows above, but I did format in this case..
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September 12, 2020, 11:04:28 AM
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Even if you did a quick format on an SSD and you used it for 3-4 weeks after installation there is still a lot of residual data left unless you was doing extreme activities like filling the drive up to 90% by downloading large files over bittorent or some other data hungry activity that would definitely overwrite the data.
If that is not the case its wise to check for this residual data and analyze whatever is left of it.
Not by means of recovery software but by reading the drive bit by bit.
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September 12, 2020, 11:36:36 AM
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Even if you did a quick format on an SSD and you used it for 3-4 weeks after installation there is still a lot of residual data left unless you was doing extreme activities like filling the drive up to 90% by downloading large files over bittorent or some other data hungry activity that would definitely overwrite the data.
If that is not the case its wise to check for this residual data and analyze whatever is left of it.
Not by means of recovery software but by reading the drive bit by bit.

I tried to use 3 different recovery softwares, none helped, found few files that were before reinstalling, but atomic folder unfortunately not..

What do you mean by saying reading the drive bit by bit?

SSD has 117 GB, 45GB is free only now. Sad
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September 12, 2020, 12:42:01 PM
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I actually missed the part where he said that. Embarrassing indeed. Aside from the windows.old folder there isn't another practical way I can think of to retrieve his old files.

It can happen to anyone, it's nothing to worry about too much - although we've both given similar advice, it doesn't seem to help the OP because that option doesn't really exist in his case.



dovjann, your only option is to try a professional data rescue service, and they will tell you how likely the data recovery is in a particular case. Of course, it all depends on how much value is in your crypto wallet - and how much the possible rescue service would cost.

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September 12, 2020, 12:53:43 PM
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I actually missed the part where he said that. Embarrassing indeed. Aside from the windows.old folder there isn't another practical way I can think of to retrieve his old files.

It can happen to anyone, it's nothing to worry about too much - although we've both given similar advice, it doesn't seem to help the OP because that option doesn't really exist in his case.



dovjann, your only option is to try a professional data rescue service, and they will tell you how likely the data recovery is in a particular case. Of course, it all depends on how much value is in your crypto wallet - and how much the possible rescue service would cost.

Lucius thanks for your advice, but none of the companies will help me in my case, they will use the same tools/softwares I used, it's SSD, you can't do much with it, if it would be HDD then yes, there are laboratories for it.. I overwrite the data already by using laptop 3-4 weeks unfortunately. Well you learn from your mistakes, it is as it is, I tried everything and I appreciate for your help too! Smiley
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September 12, 2020, 12:59:08 PM
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You can open that drive in RAW binary mode 'rb' and then examine it on the deeper level to look for traces of the lost data.



But it's going to take you a lot of time to go though all of it.
You could also try to search for keywords that relate to the wallet or to bitcoin.
If you want to try let me know.  Smiley
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September 12, 2020, 02:36:51 PM
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You can open that drive in RAW binary mode 'rb' and then examine it on the deeper level to look for traces of the lost data.

https://i.ibb.co/V9TsvWX/rawpy.png

But it's going to take you a lot of time to go though all of it.
You could also try to search for keywords that relate to the wallet or to bitcoin.
If you want to try let me know.  Smiley
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September 12, 2020, 09:03:46 PM
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i dmed u bro
Don't be stupid, you havr choosen one of nost risky way to contact. I really hope that BASE16 has no bad intention and you are not a stupid enough to hand over everything. Be aware.

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September 13, 2020, 07:29:18 AM
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i dmed u bro
Don't be stupid, you havr choosen one of nost risky way to contact. I really hope that BASE16 has no bad intention and you are not a stupid enough to hand over everything. Be aware.
In order to do the method he proposed you need my laptop, otherwise you can not do nothing, as I would check the raw data manually on my end.. Thanks!
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