So I have re-imaged a computer and it has been several weeks. I have already re-provisioned the computer and another user has been writing to it obviously. The simple answer on this one is the chances are incredibly slim. Although after speaking with a Kroll Ontrack recovery rep they did say something can still be recovered but highly unlikely it would be what we were looking for. I also had memory of using FTK imager for file investigations. That ended up being far to pricey just to recover data although their product is great for finding lost data or hidden data; A post for another time on FTK..
I tried the free program Recova to see what thatmight unveil and it picked up some deleted PDF files but even the ones it deemed were in excellent condition were too damaged to work in Adobe Acrobat. And of course its advanced feature will at least let you filter through pictures,files,documents etc.. I will say it was good only for recovering images since it seemed to keep them intact. But again only the ones deemed excellent(denoted by the green circles)
Download I tried from Recova at time of post: http://filehippo.com/download_recuva/
Nonetheless in a situation involving a Hard disk data recovery your best bet is to send it to a professional company and even that isn’t a guarantee but if the data is that important maybe it’s worth the cost. A managerial decision to be made.
And of Course another lesson in Backup. Always backup your information. In this case we had the user wait forever to tell us what was needed and with a backup policy that doesn’t include local hard drives it was close to impossible. You move on and leave it in the past.
So there are several programs to use for this but my favorite has become “Youtube-dl” It’s a simple command line program you can easily use for scripting and more. But simply its just simple to use and straightforward no gui, just type in the commands on your command line and your set!
It involves basically taking the Share URL for the video or Playlist you want and then downloading it to your working directory from the CMD prompt. That’s it we just use CMD for this bad boy.
Here are my notes on the basic uses. I basically just use it to download playlists to play on my phone using my Home internet connection. This saves my phone’s preciously expensive High Speed data!
USING youtube-dl in Powershell
-Download the .exe file for windows and create a folder for it in your Program Files C:\program files\youtube-dl
-Now add it to the environemental path for use in powershell and cmd
- Go to>Start Menu > Right Click “Computer” >Properties> Advanced System Properties > Environmental Variables button at bottom > Under “System Variables” go to the PATH variable
- Edit and by adding a “;” to the end enter your path C:\program files\youtube-dl
-Start Powershell or CMD.exe(just type them into the start menu search) and use it as any program you would call with the command “youtube-dl” and add any arguments after see below for simple practical uses
-Keep in mind a video downloads to the current working directory displayed in your CMD prompt(Just open file explorer and browse there)
TO DOWNLOAD A VIDEO IN CMD/POWERSHELL
youtube-dl <url from youtube to video>
-Files are downloaded to the working directory.
DOWNLOAD A YOUTUBE PLAYLIST
youtube-dl -cit <url of playlist>
HOW TO GET URL OF A PLAYLIST
-Go to the Youtube channel click on the play list (not play all) and you should see a “share” button for the play list for which you can download.
ie: the share button on this page will generate the playlist url: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkHsKoi6eZnzJl1qTzmvBwTxrSJW4D2Jj
ERROR READING URL
-You had to update before using powershell in admin mode