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Old 02-09-2015, 07:40 PM
 
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Before my last computer quit, I accidentally deleted some important folders that were on the desktop.
If I'm ever able to get the computer running again (not likely, but possible), might the folders be on the hard drive where I could access them? They contained basic .doc documents.
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Old 02-09-2015, 07:46 PM
 
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They might be in the trash basket, if you have not emptied it.

Most computer repair shops can get your data back.
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Old 02-10-2015, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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You could just buy an enclosure for the hard drive and use one of the undelete programs. The key is to have as little activity on the drive between deleting and recovery.
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Old 02-10-2015, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Florida & Cebu, Philippines
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They have programs to recover deleted files. Usually when you delete a file it only deletes the shortcut leading to the file and as long as it was not overwritten by other data, then it may still be recoverable using one of those programs.
iolo technologies Search and Recover Software - Up To 3 PCs, For Windows at TigerDirect.com

Also you can pull the hard drive and use a kit to connect it to the computer you are now using, so you can transfer the documents and photos over to that one.
Ultra USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Cable Adapter - Male to Female, Compatible with 2.5-Inch/ 3.5-Inch / 5.25-Inch Drive - ULT40112 at TigerDirect.com
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:58 PM
 
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use a linux live-usb to mount the drive as read-only and run photorec to attempt to restore your files.
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