Moderated Data Recovery from a Zero-Filled Drive - Is it possible?


The short, and definitive, answer is, "No."  Whether this was possible or not was being discussed here on another topic, but the answer deserves to be separated out in a topic of its own.

I asked about this on Technibble, a forum for IT professionals, because I knew that several regulars there do data recovery as their primary business.  Although those "not in the biz" cannot join that forum, they can read there.  For those interested in the actual topic where this is discussed, see: 

Data Recovery from a Zero-Filled Drive


Brian Virginia, USA Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 22H2, Build 19045  

If you cannot or will not imagine the results of your actions, there’s no way you can act morally or responsibly.  Little kids can’t do it; babies are morally monsters — completely greedy. Their imagination has to be trained into foresight and empathy.

         ~ Ursula LeGuin, 2005 Interview in The Guardian