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Novice Here: seeking Data Recovery Recommendations


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#1 chiiibill

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 12:15 PM

Windows 10 - MS Office 2010

 

Folder with about 5g of Word/Excel files deleted by family member. Currently not working on computer.

 

Tried clicking on master folder to 'restore previous version' - no previous versions.

 

Over phone asked person to open master folder, select History and choose Previous and Restore. Person said there was no ribbon with History on it.

 

I know there are some good recovery apps out there. Heard of Minitool, Easeus, Ontrack, Stellar Phoenix and Wondershare. Anyone have recommendations that you're familiar with that are novice friendly?

Also, doany of these list by folder as well and not just files?

 

Unfortunately, the free versions are limited to 1-2g it seems.

 

Thanks


Edited by chiiibill, 27 November 2017 - 12:54 PM.


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 01:33 PM

You could try Recuva (Piriform.com).

 

Then get yourself an external hard drive and start using File History and taking the occasional System Image backup.  With File History you could have recovered the deleted folder in a few seconds.


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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:02 PM

BriTechGuy, I think the only time folders were successfully recovered [if not overwritten] were back in the days of DOS 3.3 & above and Windows 3.1 - Windows for Workgroups 3.11 by utilities such PC Tools' un-deleteSomething and Norton Utilities' NU/undelete function.  I +1 your recommendation for Piriform's Recuva for its thoroughness and EZ-to-use menu.  Even though I have R-Studio and MiniTools -- their respective main menus, submenus, choices galore -- can be intimidating to newbies and even to me.


Edited by RolandJS, 27 November 2017 - 03:03 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2017 - 03:24 PM

Roland,

 

           I actually wasn't thinking about the file/folder split, but there are definitely ways to recover folders, too, as they are nothing but a specific file type (even though they don't use extensions).

 

           I hadn't known about EaseUS having something that it says can do this.  See:  https://www.easeus.com/data-recovery-solution/recover-permanently-deleted-folder.html

 

           It appears that the free version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can do this, but it may require Pro.


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 12:05 PM

Started with Recuva on second drive. Rescued the most important files.

 

Will try out and familiarize my self with EaseUS and MiniTools for future.

 

Also, turns out File History was turned off(!!?). Turned it on and will back up.

 

Thanks both for the assist.



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Posted 28 November 2017 - 01:44 PM

"Started with Recuva on second drive. Rescued the most important files..."  Test some of those files with your programs that read, write, edit, save -- make sure your recovery is really a recovery.


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 03:27 PM

Will do, tonight.

 

Also, noticed R-Studio has a novice friendly file undelete version.

 

Just curious, is anyone familiar with RollbackRx?

 

Many thanks.


Edited by chiiibill, 28 November 2017 - 03:35 PM.





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