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    I wanted to go on one of these old laptops my mum has and I did. I saw that the laptop was REALLY slow and the operating system wasn't too nice either. I wiped the hard drive clean of ALL files and installed Windows 10, after that everything was running fine and smooth. What I didn't know was that I deleted old family photos which weren't backed up anywhere else. Yes I'm very stupid and not considerate enough to back up the files beforehand, I was impatient. I was wondering if there is possibly anything I could do to at least retrieve some of the files before I get in big trouble because I've deleted important things. I've heard of this system restore thing and other recovery tools but I would like to resort to any option there's to retrieve the files (which are probably long gone)
    Just to clarify, I deleted the old operating system too and all its files.
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    I wanted to go on one of these old laptops my mum has and I did. I saw that the laptop was REALLY slow and the operating system wasn't too nice either. I wiped the hard drive clean of ALL files and installed Windows 10, after that everything was running fine and smooth. What I didn't know was that I deleted old family photos which weren't backed up anywhere else. Yes I'm very stupid and not considerate enough to back up the files beforehand, I was impatient. I was wondering if there is possibly anything I could do to at least retrieve some of the files before I get in big trouble because I've deleted important things. I've heard of this system restore thing and other recovery tools but I would like to resort to any option there's to retrieve the files (which are probably long gone)
    Just to clarify, I deleted the old operating system too and all its files.
    From what I have read, you can't recover files, even with system restore.

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