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#1 lhjxldh

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 04:27 PM

A few days ago, my dad told me to delete files from C:\Documents and Settings\<myusername>\Local Settings\Temp folder, because it was taking up too much room. I did what he said because he generally has more computer knowledge than I do.

When I logged back onto my account the next day, I noticed that three files were missing from my desktop. I used Search but I couldn't find them anywhere. I thought I might have deleted them by accident along with the files from the Temp folder, so I went to the recycling bin, but it turned out my dad had emptied it after I deleted all the Temp files.

Two of the files (a WinZIP file and a folder), I don't need, so I didn't mind, but the third (a Word document) was important, and I want to know if there's any way to get it back? If the file was important, it was a stupid idea to put it on the Desktop, I'm sure, especially since I didn't make any extra copies of it.

I used Restoration and looked for it among all the deleted files, but it wasn't there. I tried to restore as many files from the Temp folder as I could, but I'm not sure how many I can bring back.

The problem might be something else entirely, but I can't think of anything else I've done that could erase those files, and I also noticed that they went missing only after I cleared out most of the Temp folder.

Any help would be really, really appreciated.

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 04:47 PM

The problem might be something else entirely,


Have you tried a system restore ?

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Posted 17 August 2006 - 04:53 PM

Oh, freak, I forgot to mention that.

Yes, I've also tried a system restore, the files stay deleted and gone.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 10:24 AM

You can try to recover the file if it hasn't been overwritten.
I haven't tried these myself, but they are supposed to be free so worth a try:

http://www.softwarepatch.com/tips/howto-file-recovery.html

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 12:19 PM

I like http://www.pcinspector.de for a freeware solution
For a payware solution, I prefer GetDataBack from http://www.runtime.org
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Posted 18 August 2006 - 02:58 PM

Thank you for the advice. ^^

I used several file recovery programs after I posted this thread and none of them could find it. Which was strange, since I found pretty much every single Word document I've ever had on my computer for the past three years EXCEPT this one, and this one went missing a day or so ago.

The closest I can find to the file (Tredectet.doc) is ~$edectet.doc, which apparently only contains repetitions of my name, so my friend said it probably only contained the address of my file.

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 07:47 AM

Most file recovery programs can only find files that haven't been overwritten on the drive. Any use of the drive (after the file is deleted) increases the chance that the file will be overwritten.

So, it's likely that the file is gone. But, try recovering the ~$edectet.doc file to see if it at least contains remnants of the document that you can use.

Sophisticated recovery specialists can recover documents that have been overwritten by using special tools. Unfortunately, this service is very, very expensive!
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