Thank you for taking time to read my post / question.
I did something so stupid!
Short Version: Windows 10 installed on M.2 toshiba 256gb SSD, Lost a file, Had File History Setup To a 3TB spinning hard drive, but for some reason I disabled it and deleted the backup files weeks BEFORE I noticed I was missing a file (Litecoin Wallet.Dat file). I know for sure it was running at the time when I file was still on the SSD. The second I noticed my mistake (be in two months later) I made a mirror image of my SSD and used the copy of the ssd for my primary OS drive, I did not use the original ssd to run Windows any more. I made one more mirror image before sending the original ssd in for professional data recovery. Being a SSD they were unable to get the file I needed. BUT data recovery on a conventional spinning drive is much more effective the say. Since I know I had file history setup at the time - there should be a copy of the file somewhere on the 3tb drive. I have now made a mirror image of the 3tb hard drive onto a new drive and removed the original - to preserve any deleted data.. I just need to figure out what to look for.
Does windows 10 Pro X64 "files history" compress or encrypt the backup (like w7 backup did), or can you just navigate the backed up file structure and see normal files (I do not think it works this way but I wish it did) ..
I have a good deal of experience in software data recovery and have had decent success when I know exactly what I am looking for, but this is more complex.
I did a deep scan and searched for Wallet.Dat but nothing came back - this leads me to believe the data is compressed, or changed, or renamed in some way.
So perhaps I need to try to recover the entire file history folder and then try to extract the file I need from that. (Just got that idea while typing, I will try that now)
Any tips or info would be GREAT. Thank you so much!
Edited by Chris Cosgrove, 13 December 2017 - 05:42 PM.
Moved from Win 10 to 'Backup, imaging, disk management'.