Recover lost data


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I had to clean install yesterday and rightfully so, i lost all of my date from drive (D). Now, i would like to know how to recover any of this data after formatting? (How do i make my internal HDD become a slave and therefore readable and able to recover data?)


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Generally speaking when doing a clean install, all the data is lost. It's recommended to save any data one wants to keep before doing a clean install.

Note: When doing a install of any kind, the drive affected is the C drive which is the default drive assigned by windows. So any other drives should not be affected, unless you have partitioned the C drive. If this is a retail PC/laptop, the D drive is the hidden partition which contains the recovery partition to restore the device to factory condition. A clean install will wipe all this all this out and recovering the data is next to impossible.