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Old 11th July, 2005, 07:19 PM
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Recovering Lost Savegame

I was playing San Andreas today and i instead of loading my game i went and deleted it!

If their any way i can recover it. I tried using many different types of file recovery programs such as "file scavenger" and "recover my files", but none of them can find my files.

I only ever saved on 2 slots and the previous save is ages back in the game
Is there any way i can get the file back...
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Old 11th July, 2005, 10:31 PM
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Probably not. Most of the file unerasers work because when you delete a file, it's not actually removed from the hard disk, just unlinked so it's invisible.

However, what you ended up doing was over-writing the data in the file with the new save game. There's nothing short of some very expensive data recovery that can recover that data.
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Damn...

Even if its Way to expensive. . . . could you point out what the expensive data recovery procedure would be....
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Basically, you send the hard disk to someone. They remove the drive platters from the disk, and mount them on their equipment. Using forensics techniques, it's possible to recover data that is over-written. Basically, they read and reread the data from the very edge of the track working outwards, rather than from the center of the track. From a number of passes, it's possible to recover the data that was over-written.

In terms of expensive, it'd be cheaper to buy a new machine. Last time someone I knew had to get data recovery done, it cost them over $1,000 to get that data back. That was many years ago. I have seen a few companies who start $5,000 per disk for data recovery and go upwards rapidly. Oh, and there's no guarentee that you'll get all the data back either!
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Just a quick question. Are you looking in the right place? I know my vice city puts my savegames in a lil folder in My Documents. Try using data recovery on that folder?

GetDataBackNTFS works absolute wonders. I used that a few years ago when windows buggered my 120Gb hard drive up (everything was corrupt according to windows) and it managed to salvage every last byte and i was able to format the hdd and put the data back on it
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There's probably nothing you can do because the file has been overwritten and once it has been overwritten it's expensive to get back the original file as Áedán mentioned earlier.
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