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Recovering Files... The Good and the Bad

Boot Camp feature for Friday, May 14, 1999

A tool that can save your little neck from a computer disaster is helping law enforcement too. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. You hit the delete key, by accident or on purpose. Then, oh no, you find out you really need that file. Even if you've emptied the recycle bin on your PC, you can get it back....

"You can imagine the panic in people's eyes when they realize what they have just done."

Roy Jenevein, chief technical officer at PowerQuest, says a program called Lost and Found can get data back even if a drive has been...gulp...reformatted...

"Quite often, we've had the unfortunate situation where people have essentially reformatted the wrong drive. So they've gone out and meant to reformat say their D drive but in fact reformatted their C drive."

A life saver and a crime solver. The software is being used in some very high profile cases to recover information from computers. Some of the cases the company can't talk about just yet...but...

"There was a police case in Logan, Utah that involved a pedophile and when the police acquired the drive off the machine they found virtually nothing of incriminating evidence."

Until they used Lost and Found. The software sells for under seventy dollars. powerquest.com is the site. You can also find info on popular programs like PartitionMagic, DriveCopy and DriveImage.