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#1 jb4fun

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Posted 19 November 2008 - 10:09 PM

Hi, Thanks for reading. I have a windows XP pro srv 2. Pent 4 2.80ghz 2 gigs of ram. I have 2 hardrives. C drive has windows on it and a couple of programs. and D drive which has all files and most programs. I noticed that the C drive was getting full so I started to get rid of some folders. And yes, I seemed to have deleted the wrong ones.
I seems to have lost some important folders on the D drive. I don't know how deleting something on the C drive would have done this, but that's all I can think of. I did a search and looked in all other folders. Thinking maybe I mistakenly put the folder into another one. but can't find it. And I can't seem to do restore back from windows. When I pick a date and run it, it tells me, it can't restore back.
So I ran "recover my files" program and it isn't finding the folders. I did a quick recover and now I'm doing a full recover. We'll see.

Is there anything else I can do?

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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 08:06 AM

Hello,

There is not a lot you can do at this stage, if a file has been deleted there is a chance of recovering it using data recovery software. Make sure not to instal other software or move files about as theis may overwrite the deleted file making recovery even more problematic.

If the tool can't find the data you may have to send the drive to a specialist to recover the data.
Regards,

Alan.

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Posted 20 November 2008 - 09:28 AM

Sadly nigglesnush is right, that is about the only solution,you see when files are deleted they are actually kept on the hard drive and the same amount of space is still taken up, it is then viewed by windows as empty space that needs to be overwritten. So what it boils down to is that you can delete a file, you can empty your recycle bin, but that file will be in the exact same place on your hard drive that it was before you deleted it, and it will remain in that same place, the only true way to delete something is to corrupt it, (famous magnet, or dust, etc.) OR overwrite it. The file is than replaced with something else, and now that file will be very difficult to recover, I have heard of people being able to recover things even after they have been overwritten, but that comes with a VERY expensive price, lets put it this way, the money you spend on recovering that photo of you and the duck at the pond, you could buy a new computer with.

I suggest using some data recovery software, try this and pick from one that looks good
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Posted 20 November 2008 - 01:51 PM

http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q...earch&meta= is a google search for data recovery specialists. (if the software doesn't work)
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