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Reformatted computer, found files with GHS & GHO,how to recover?

I reformatted my computer, i saved all my files in Local Disk (D:), a former computer technician said it won't be deleted or harmed any way while it was reformatted.

my files are still there but with .GHO and .GHS extensions.. and i can't open it. I know that I needed a Norton Ghost to open it, can a trial version recover those files? How? If not, is there any other way to recover my files?

please help me. thank you.

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  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    Did you back them up using Norton Ghost? If so, were you using the trial or paid version?



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Hi 'jen2x':

I’m Melinda and I represent Symantec’s PR Department.

Norton Ghost has the following key features:

  • Full system backup (disk image)—Backs up everything on a hard drive or partition.
  • File and folder backup—Backs up only the specific files and folders you choose rather than saving an entire drive.
  • FTP backup—Copies recovery points to a FTP site for easier offsite backup management. NEW
  • Offsite backup—backs up your files to NAS (Network-Attached Storage) devices. NEW
  • Symantec ThreatCon integration—triggers incremental backups whenever ThreatCon reaches a specified threat level. Great for computers without virus protection. NEW
  • Incremental and differential backup—Backs up only files that have changed.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Google Desktop™ integration—Makes data recovery even faster with searchable backup indexes.
  • LightsOut Restore—Restores your system with an on-disk software recovery environment—no bootable CD required.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Remote management—Controls other Norton Ghost installations (12.0 or higher) on your local area network.
  • Advanced compression and encryption—Minimizes storage space and helps keep sensitive documents safe.
To download the 14-day trial of Norton Ghost, please visit our site here:

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Yes! You are right! Nowadays, the formatting process will not actually erase everything contained on a PC hard drive immediately as we think. The deleted files are still there and become invisible. So, just act carefully to get these contained files back:
1. Stop using this PC right now in case that any new file on it may overwrite your wanted files.
2. Download a PC data recovery freeware to retrieve all your lost files back.
In fact, there are plenty of data recovery programs available online. But, not all of them can work as efficiently as you think. So, you should pay attention to select a proper one for your data.
If you still have no idea, you can firstly try a PC data recovery freeware online that can work much more efficiently than some paid ones:

4. Save or back up all the restored data on another drive in case of any data loss.
Next time, you should be much more careful about your data and always back up everything important well.

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Yes, trial version can recover it. Just attach another drive or partition and via Norton Ghost recover all files in newly added drive/partition

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