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[Solved] Lost folder

Discussion in 'Backup and Recovery' started by Tony Loly, Mar 27, 2020.

  1. Tony Loly

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    I seem to have lost a folder. I assume it got deleted in error to the recycle bin which was subsequently emptied.
    Is there any software I can use to search & possibly recover?
    Thanks.
     
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    First try running a search for the folder.

    Open up the "C" drive folder and in the top right, type in the name of the lost folder in the search box.
     
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    Thanks Seth. I did consider this but to be honest I cannot remember the name/title that I gave the folder !
     
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    You're welcome.

    You don't have to remember the full name. If you can just remember part of the name, then you can search for the part of the name as well. If that doesn't help, then you can a run a search for the file type(s) in the folder. For example, if the lost folder contains pictures, then do the search by typing in jpg. After the search results is complete, you can change the sort/view option to organize the search results by folder, and you may see the folder you're looking for.
     
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    I have tried various options as you suggest with no success.
    I remain convinced that the folder was deleted in error & thus went into the recycle bin. I have a programme called Recuva that your good self put me on to last year, might it help to use that?
     
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    Yes, that would be the next step, but we have to proceed with caution. You don't want to scan the whole drive. What are the file types in the folder that was deleted?
     
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    It was not a huge folder. It contained around six videos all mp4 as I recall.
     
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    Seth mentioned (in post #4) that you can search for file types. If you haven't already done so, search for mp4 files.
     
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    Agreed. Search the C drive for mp4.
     
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    Thanks Tony, Seth. I did try that came up with a few things but nothing I recognised.
     
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    Ok. To begin, you'll need an external drive or a USB stick that is large enough to hold the recovered videos. What have you got?
     
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    OK I have a USB stick that is plenty big enough.
     
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    Create a folder on the usb stick to save the recvovered files to (you can then copy them back to the computer after they are saved to the usb). Name it whatever you want.

    Run recova and just choose the video option when asked for the file type. On the next screen, choose only the recycle bin. Do the regular scan first. If that doesn't find the files, then do the same but with the deep scan enabled.
     
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    All sorted now. Thanks, your help much appreciated.
     
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