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HELP! I accidentally deleted my main user folder


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#1 Aurifex

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:23 PM

I do hope someone can help me and I also hope it will be easy.

 

After a tidy up on my desktop, I decided to remove spotify as its not being used. So I located the path, then tried to find the location but it seemed to be hidden. So while in the folder of the main user trying to show hidden files and folders, I must have overlooked something. I clicked ok, then after 10 minutes all my stuff was gone.

 

Photos, videos, spreadsheets, everything, so Im hoping, (praying too) that the files can be recovered, please.

 

By the way, i tried a system restore to an earlier date and did not work so reverted back to today.

 

Thanks in advance

Benny


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Posted 26 March 2018 - 08:54 PM

The first thing I would do is stop using the drive. Shut down the computer. Do you have another computer you can use to attempt data recovery. You would need to remove the drive and attach it the other computer via a  USB adapter. 



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 09:20 PM

i dont really, is there another option?



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 09:32 PM

In any case you cannot recover files back to the computer the files were deleted from. Do you have a USB external drive? The computer boots normally to Windows?

 

If you can boot normally to Windows and you have a USB external drive to recover the data then the best way to approach it is to download the portable version of Recuva directly to a USB flash drive. Unzip the file to the USB flash drive. The more the hard drive is being written to the less chance of recovery. That is why I suggested moving the HDD to another computer. 

 

Run Recuva and scan your HDD. Copy the files recovered to your USB external drive, not your HDD.

 

https://www.ccleaner.com/recuva/download/portable

 

Even going to the website has a chance of overwriting your files on the HDD. 



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 10:05 PM

okay, so i have done as suggested but cannot make much sense of the files which are now in a folder on a seperate USB hard drive.

I cant see photos, folders, videos etc. I can see some random docs but nothing important....



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 10:32 PM

Unfortunately, it looks like Recuva cannot recover all of your files. Have you tried a Deeper Scan? You may need to attach the drive to another computer and scan the drive with software such as Easeus Data Recovery or Minitools Data Recovery. Both will let you recover some files for free but the rest would require paying for registration.

 

The more time spent on this HDD the less chance you have of recovering your files.



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 10:38 PM

ok, i get ya, didnt want to pay $80AU. they give 1 gig free. looks like i have over 4 gigs. Im trying repicvid now. hope I get some more back. Thanks for your help anyways. I will let you know how things go. Cheers



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 04:31 AM

So in the attempt to delete spotify from the users accaount, I accidently hid the folder and all associated files, then it dawned on me to search how to unhide folders, and here we are, all good now, nothing was deleted, just hiding. Thanks for all your help. Regards Benny



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Posted 27 March 2018 - 08:20 AM

So in the attempt to delete spotify from the users accaount, I accidently hid the folder and all associated files, then it dawned on me to search how to unhide folders, and here we are, all good now, nothing was deleted, just hiding. Thanks for all your help. Regards Benny

Nice: That's the best kind of recovery. In the future you may want to consider doing complete disk image backups to a USB external hard drive using any of the following free programs.

 

Easeus Todo Backup Free

Aomei Backupper Standard

Macrium Free

 

Easeus and Aomei also do file/folder backups with Easeus being the most intuitive. If your hard drive every failed it would only be a matter of booting the rescue disk or USB each program creates and recovering your backup image from the USB external drive. You would be back up in minutes vs hours for a clean install, updates, and reinstalling your programs.






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