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Old 07-15-2016, 06:55 PM
 
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I carelessly deleted a file folder and then emptied my Recycle Bin.
Is there a way I can recover the lost files?

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Old 07-15-2016, 06:58 PM
 
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You usually can with special software as long as you didn't do a security wipe of free space. When you delete the folder, you didn't actually delete the folder, you just deleted the name of the folder and the header information. If you were to use a hex editor or another program, you'd see the info sitting there.
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Old 07-15-2016, 06:59 PM
 
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Maybe. depends on the OS among other things. Under windows, have you checked the recycle bin?
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:03 PM
 
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Maybe. depends on the OS among other things. Under windows, have you checked the recycle bin?
As I said in my post,..... I emptied the Recycle Bin!!!! That's the problem!!!
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:11 PM
 
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I am using Windows 7 Home Premium
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Old 07-15-2016, 07:17 PM
 
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If you don't mind sorting through some options, you can look through these:

Recover Deleted Files - Free downloads and reviews - CNET Download.com

This one got decent ratings:

http://download.cnet.com/Recover-My-...-10100794.html
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Old 07-16-2016, 06:52 AM
 
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When you empty the recycle bin the data is not permanently deleted at that point, it's just free space for new data. As you use the computer new data will overwrite it. Surfing the web or installing something like file recovery software can potentially lead to permanently losing those files. Ideally stop using the computer, take out the drive and connect it to another computer.

If you do that this regular version of Recuva can be installed on the computer you connect it to.

https://www.piriform.com/recuva/download/standard

If you do not want to go through the trouble of doing that and risk losing some data at the very least use the portable version of Recuva. Download on another computer, unzip it to USB stick. Plug the stick into the computer with the lost files and double click the .exe file.

Recuva - Portable
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Old 07-16-2016, 07:39 AM
 
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Maybe. depends on the OS among other things. Under windows, have you checked the recycle bin?
It's generally a good idea to read the OP if you're going to offer advice.

The program Coalman recommended usually works well, if not there are others.

It would help to know which OS you're using, Some versions of Windows have the ability to recover deleted items without using any third party software.
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Old 07-16-2016, 08:58 AM
 
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NHDave, a bit snarky there. our resident thought police?

I'll watch your posts for minor oversights. Or maybe you never make a reading error?

Sigh, there's one on every forum I guess.
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Old 07-16-2016, 09:05 AM
 
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It would help to know which OS you're using, Some versions of Windows have the ability to recover deleted items without using any third party software.
I'm using "Windows 7 Home Premium", 64-bit operating system.
How can I know if it has the ability to recover deleted items without using any third party software?
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