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LOST ALL DESKTOP DATA, please HELP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by lop__, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. lop__

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    Ok so I was using CopySynch desktop and wanted to copy 2 files on my desktop, but I didn't realize the program was set to mirror to instead of copy to... IT IS ALWAYS SET TO COPY ! So it mirrored those two files on my desktop and now all I have on my desktop are those two files. I had a bunch of important stuff on there, school projects and all. I'm going CRAZY ! Please help ! God I hope it's reversible.
     
  2. jmwills

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    Where are you copying/syncing to?
     
  3. TheOutcaste

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    The files should be in the recycle bin, unless the program is set to delete files without using the recycle bin (or just plain doesn't use the recycled bin).

    System Restore might have backed up some files, as it does protect the desktop, but monitors extension that are usually used for executable files, or system configuration files, not the typical extensions used for data files. If any of the files were .cmd/.bat/.reg/.ini/.inf files or the like, a System Restore might bring them back.

    Otherwise time for the Recovery Software. Best to stop using the PC immediately for the best chance of recovery. Connect the drive to another PC or use a Live CD.

    Partial list of Free recovery applications (See post#2 here for more)

    1 - Recover Files
    2 - Recuva
    3 - Restoration
    4 - Free Undelete (NTFS only)
    5 - Softperfect File Recovery
    6 - Undelete Plus
    7 - PCI File Recovery
    8 - DriveRescue (direct download link)
    9 - Ultimate Data Recovery
    10 - Disk Investigator

    Live CDs
    Ultimate Boot CD for Windows
    Knoppix
    Ubuntu

    HTH

    Jerry
     
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