Lost PST files after format - how to recover deleted files?

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Hi guys,
I've accidently formatted my PC with lots of PST files which were on drive c:.
I REALLY need to recover them ASAP.
Which tools can I run in order to recover those files?
I've already tried the following:
1) Recover my files 5.x - both full partition recovery and PST file
2) Hetman Partition Recovery
Would highly appreciate your input.
if the hard drive was formatted, they are gone. They should be in a full backup (if you have one). The old default location is a folder in C:\Users\username\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Outlook (or similar path in older OS - under local app data).

But... beginning with outlook 2010, the default location for pst files is in My documents - in a folder called Outlook Files.

If they really, really weren't backed up, then you need hard drive recovery software but because the drive was formatted and written to, the chances of getting them back is slim.
What happened to your backups???
Remove the disk from the PC and connect it to another PC running Windows, then scan it using Outlook Recovery Toolbox. If your files are listed, pay for and register the utility, so you can copy them off. Outlook Recovery Toolbox is by far the best recovery utility available. It worked for me when I accidentally clicked format on the drive that I am not supposed to and was too late.
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If your files aren't found, your only option is to send the disk to a professional recovery agency like Gillware (or a company located close to you). This will be expensive, but they usually only charge you if the recovery is successful.
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I haven't done that (formatted a C: boot drive without saving useful stuff in some way), but I have recovered huge amounts of stuff from failed hard drives of my own or from other people, using a utility called FileScavenger.

As is logical, it is really necessary to NOT use your C: drive (or that computer) for a while, and for that physical drive to be attached to a separate Windows computer from which FileScavenger can be run, and the saved data (it will probably be only a single .PST file, in your case) can be recovered and copied to a safe location (eg, a USB or the host computer).
If you've gone beyond that point, ignore the above.
Otherwise, I found the company extremely helpful. the first time I had to use their software, it was pre-purchase, and they're in continental USA (I'm in Australia). You can/could (I have v3.3 I think, and the latest version is v5.1) scan your drive, search for the file you "lost", then pay your money get the license code and recover the file. It's very easy, providing you can arrange the hardware hook-ups as described briefly above.
There is excellent info on the QueTek website.
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