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2 years of files, films and pictures lost, Doh!

A friend of mine has just come back from travelling India & Nepal for the last year or so.
As he's starting from scratch again, new home, new stuff etc, I offered him a spare laptop with a mobile 3G 'top-up pay as you go' dongle for internet, which he can borrow until he gets himself sorted.

Before giving it to him I transferred all my pictures and files etc onto a separate hard drive, then from there put it onto my main PC (in one folder on the desktop until I could decide where to file it).
What a fool I've been, while cleaning up my desktop and deleting some of the accumulated junk on there, I multiple selected everything (including this important folder) and clicked [Shift] [Delete] - All lost in the blink of an eye!

I'm aware of some software that may be able to recover this, but whatever, it's done now, maybe just move on and learn the lesson my lovely Grandmother used to say 'less haste, more speed' Laughing

11 blog comments below

Doh! Yes, there is recovery software available (some even free). What about the separate hard drive you transferred the files on to first?
standready on Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:26 pm
Just downloaded some free recovery software (ParetoLogic) and it's scanning now as I type.
Thousands of files found so far, I'm glad it lists them separately as media/images/HTML files etc, I'll post my results when it finishes - probably tomorrow! Lol Smile
watersoul on Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:04 am
You should get an online back up,dropbox is very good and the one i use.
truespeed on Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:08 am
Well after 8 hours, the software found 40,000+ recoverable files, including 100's of movies I'd lost and 1000's of images. Excitedly I clicked on 'Restore files' (expecting them to be saved into the new folder on my desktop), but no, I got this message instead:

'Upgrade to Pro now to restore these files'

Doh! Wish I'd read the small print, it wasn't really free software at all, more of a teaser trial!

I can't be bothered trying again, it's not the end of the world because even if I've lost pics & films, I can't delete my memories by mistake. Cheers for the heads up about 'Dropbox' though Standready, I shall have an investigative look at that later today.
watersoul on Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:34 am
You could try Recuva - - I'd used it ages ago. It was, and still is free.
saratdear on Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:44 pm
Thanks for that Saratdear, I'll have a go on the weekend when I can leave it to itself for a few hours Smile
watersoul on Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:46 pm
I wrote a review about Dropbox a while ago on my Frihost blog, quite good. Although I have about 600Gb extra storage at home so I only use Dropbox for the most important files. Smile (Movies, series, etc. are on a spare HDD)

adri on Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:02 pm
adri wrote:
I wrote a review about Dropbox a while ago on my Frihost blog

I'm convinced now, that's two decent recommendations so far, I think I'll sign up when I've finished the new recovery scan that's underway right now...the lost-file-hunting-software I'm using is courtesy of another kind Frihoster who PM'd me a link earlier Very Happy
watersoul on Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:46 pm

I left the recovery software going overnight and it's got everything back for me! Smile Smile
All the pictures and short silly films of me and my son from the last couple of years, restored and back in 'My Documents' again.

I am absolutely chuffed to bits (Chuffed = adjective British Informal - delighted; pleased; satisfied) and thanks again for the excellent download, kind Frihoster (who is only remaining anonymous here as a courtesy because it was provided in a PM) You know who you are though, and if you want to take the credit for completely making me smile today, please feel free to reply here!

Big grin on my face again and everything now backed up on an external drive to avoid future stupid mistakes Smile
watersoul on Sat Jan 15, 2011 8:08 pm
@watersoul - And me thinking it was Recuva that helped you. Rolling Eyes

Just kidding, I am glad you got your stuff back. Smile

As a side note, I was thinking that 'chuffed' meant irritated all along. Thanks for clearing that up.
saratdear on Sun Jan 16, 2011 6:11 am
@saratdear, thanks for the link even though I used an alternative, I appreciate the suggestion, nice one Smile

...I only added the description about 'chuffed' as I realise some of the slang words we use here are unknown to some folk off this little island, I often have to retype things using different words than I'd use normally in conversation - dictionary English I guess!
watersoul on Sun Jan 16, 2011 7:26 pm

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