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Solved: Files have disappeared ???

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by marcan, Feb 11, 2007.

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  1. marcan

    marcan Thread Starter

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    Hi there

    have just noticed that files have dissapeared from my drive. These apear to be mostly MP3 files. Only folders seem to have been left. I have had them on my drive for a long time now. I have done a restore but still nothing.

    Is it possible that my hard drive was near its maximum capacity and windows deleted automatically ? What could have went wrong?
    :confused:

    Thanks for all views and replies in advance.
     
  2. chilkotardis

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    Nope, windows will tell you if its getting low, it wont delete anything.
    check for viruses or spyware.
    have you had to hard reboot (hold power button) your computer before the files went missing? or have you had any power outages in the area around the time?
    the power outages or reboots could mean you had a head crash, where the read head in the hard drive hitsthe platter and erases some things.
    thanks
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_crash
     
  3. marcan

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    Yes i have done a hard reboot a couple of times recently. I did a virus/spyware scan last week before i noticed the files had gone. I will do another.

    I am going to search for a hard drive recovery program. I used to have one called handy recover so i will look for that and try from threre.

    Regards. marcan
     
  4. chilkotardis

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  5. marcan

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    .. Well almost. I did manage to recover most of my files using a free version of HandyRecovery. I think you were right with the hard boot suggestion that led to the loss of the files. Thanks again. I will mark this post as solved on my next visit.

    I have also decided to buy a new computer.

    I should get it on Thursday. As it burns dvd i should be able to backup more fully and regualry and will try to keep back ups more up to date in the future. Thanks again.

    Regards.
    Marcan.
    ;)
     
  6. chilkotardis

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    glad to have helped, who are you getting the computer from?
    ive had good experience with dell on the windows side, but id reccomend a mac to my grandmother because its so safe and easy to use.
     
  7. marcan

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    Hi there. I did consider a mac only because i havent used one before. I was not intending on buying a new computer until i saw this offer which i thought sounded good. Check it out and let me know what you think. I am hoping to play some online games with it.

    http://www.medion.de/md8820/uk/flash.html

    At the moment i have a 4 year old Packard Bell i-xtreme which has served me well. It still works fine but is a bit dated.

    The only thing is i willhave to buy a zyxel usb wifi dongle to go with my zyxel modem/ router. Should be able to pick one up for 20 pounds on ebay.
     
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