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Which drive should i scan for my deleted files?

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#1 Resilo


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:50 PM

so i am attempting to retrieve some files i deleted a while back

im familiar with several different scanning programs but just for confirmation


i deleted files that where located on my HDD however my computer runs windows from a SSD and uses a HDD as storage

from your experience would i have better luck finding the files by scanning the SSD or the HDD


the main thing im wondering is if the files would have gone to a recycle bin on my SSD or just completely deleted as it was a larger folder with some larger files

Edited by Resilo, 07 September 2017 - 06:51 PM.

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#2 britechguy


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Posted 07 September 2017 - 07:13 PM

You would scan the actual device on which the data had been stored.


If the files were on the SSD then scan the SSD, and if on the HDD then scan the HDD.  Based on what you've said, scan the HDD.  Have you checked the Recycle Bin first?

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 12:10 PM

as long as you don't use <shift> + Del (permanently deletes files bypassing the recycle bin) then all files should go to your recycle bin.  but if it's been a long time then your recycle bin may have removed older files due to space available to save the newer files.

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