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Lost Files - PLEASE HELP!


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#1 median

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 02:16 PM

I am using Windows XP Pro SP3. I was attempting to move one folder (full of photos etc) into another folder. The files are located on an external drive (usb powered). Apparently the drive had "gone to sleep" and when I clicked to drag the folder into a different folder, everything froze for a few seconds until the drive "awoke" (I HATE SLEEPING DRIVES!). Anyways, the files started going into the wrong location. So I hit cancel. Once I did that I lost the majority of my files in the original folder and cannot find them. NOTE: I actually hit Control>Z and tried to undo what I did in windows explorer but got a message saying there was already a folder by that name (Folder1) in that place.

 

How do I get my files back? I checked the trash and they are not there :(

 

 

Thx,

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Edited by median, 19 March 2013 - 02:22 PM.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:25 PM

Files don't normally just vanish...even if the transfer of such is interrupted abruptly.

 

Use the following tool to search all drives for the files in question, Everything Desktop Search, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/everything-desktop-search/ .

 

If, in fact, the files have "disappeared", you can then try recovery software.

 

You can search for all graphics files...by just entering *.jpg or whatever file extension your files are using.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 19 March 2013 - 03:26 PM.


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:27 AM

I found my files!!! AH! Thank you SOO much. They accidently got moved to a different location due to the drive going to sleep. The everything program helped me find them and return them to the original place. Thank you again! I love Bleeping Computer!


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 12:40 PM

I've had plenty of practice finding "lost" files on my systems :)...glad it worked out for you.

 

Happy computing :).

 

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