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Recover lost file data

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by montemag, Jul 20, 2016.

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  1. montemag

    montemag Thread Starter

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    hello people- I need help- real quick- we just got back from vacation and I was transferring pics from my camera to my external hard drive- BUT somewhere along the way as I was deleting things I accidentally deleted a folder from my C drive called Documents-- I had all of my important documents on it PLUS my screensaver of all my family pics with out dog that we lost a few years ago- I am in dire straits now and need to recover that file folder called documents- I see I can download some from cNET as FREE but some have limits??(like 1 GB)- that is why I ask your expertise in getting the correct software to download that will do what I need. Please help and I and my family thank you for your help.
     
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    First thing to try is look in the Recycle Bin, if the folder is in there right-click it > Restore should get it back.
     
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    Try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, it has both free version and paid version. support recovers up to 2GB of data for free.
     
  4. montemag

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    Hello I am sorry BUT I did try Recuva since I do use their sister program - CCleaner-- I did a deep scan and it found NOTHING?? What?? I then tried the Windows backup program from windows - that specifically says advanced restore- that allows someone to recover accidentally deleted or damaged files?? Right-?? Wrong-- it kept saying error?? HUH?? Well the good news is that I found an old USB stick that for some reason or other I had copied that folder to and Thus I was able to transfer that folder back to where it once was. But as for why Recuva's deep scan found nothing and the windows advanced restore did not work- I am frustrated.
    But I do want to thank you so much for your efforts- it is much appreciated
     
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    I'm glad you got the Documents folder back.

    Usb sticks aren't as reliable as hard drives or CD/DVD, I would make at least 2 other backups of those photos, perhaps on a CD/DVD and on another hard drive if possible or put them onto one of the free cloud servers liker Mediafire :- https://www.mediafire.com

    You could also email the pics to yourself with a web based email account like Outlook.com (was Hotmail) or Gmail and they will be stored on the email provider's server.

    EDIT : if the Document folder was very large Windows doesn't send it to the recycle bin, it deletes it straight away. Recuva doesn't always work but not sure why you had no results.
    I think windows restore only works if you make a backup with it first.
     
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    Thank-- you -- you mentioned that sticks are not reliable-- I have this folder and other pics on other STICKS now-- BUT I also have them on my EXTERNAL hard drive(1 TB space)--- does an external hard drive crash as does the C drive in the computer or is it less prone to crashing--?? My backups also automatically get put onto the External hard drive as well.
     
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    If anything a external hard drive is less reliable than an internal because it uses extra electronics but should be safer than a Usb stick. I'm talking on average here of course, a brand new hard drive could fail in a few minutes or last for 5 years or more.
    Put the pics etc onto the cloud, it's free with 10GB of storage on MediaFire, there are plenty of others. Also if you can burn a CD/DVD put them on a CD too. The more backups you make the better.
     
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