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My friend screwed my computer up while i was gone

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I am royally screwed and i need to know how to fix this. Any solutions you all can offer would be of any assistance. He completely formatted my hard drive and reinstalled windows with a pirated copy while I was away when i good and well payed 800 dollars for a laptop with legitimate copy on it about 6 months ago. First of all my question would be how would I go and recover some of those files off of there and second what would be my next step without having to sit and pay for another copy of windows from Microsoft. I would just deal with what he but the computer is acting really weird not registering that i am charging it, beeping every two seconds, several drivers aren't installed. Please help me out someone... Thanks in advance always

Losing it in Kentucky

Edited by Maleboe, 16 September 2010 - 01:35 AM.

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Not a very good friend really, is he?

You need to run some data recovery programs on the drive while it's connected to another machine. However data recovery is never 100% guaranteed so it's possible you may not be able to get anything back.
Something like these: http://www.freeware-...il/datarec.html

Secondly if the laptop has a valid licence on the bottom of and you have a disk for that version of Windows just reinstall it and wipe the drive again.
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what's the make/model of the laptop?
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