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I got this server where I had a Windows 2003 installation on, and I didn't think I needed it anymore, so I desided to install ESXi on it for testing purpose. But now I just found out that there where some important files on the disk !!

Anyone know if it is possible to recover those data, if so, how ??

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Presumably you've never backed it up? –  Chopper3 Aug 31 '11 at 11:34

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You're probably very, very screwed. If the data is really valuable, a forensic data recovery place can probably get most of it back, but it'll be incredibly expensive.

This is why we always quarantine drives for (at least) 3 months between decommissioning the hardware and reusing the disks. Having a bunch of spare disks on hand is orders of magnitude cheaper than the serious-looking men with electron microscopes.

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I was afraid that it would be the answer I would get, but I had to ask :) –  Lasse Gaardsholt Aug 31 '11 at 10:42

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