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How to recover deleted files?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by mindydee113 via WindowsKB.com, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. HELP!!! I messed up big time! I am running out of disk space on my laptop.
    I wanted to download a movie from UTorrent and was told I did not have enough
    space. I figured I would move some of my files onto a flash drive to free up
    space & then I would have room for the movie. Once I watched the movie, I
    was going to delete it. I share my laptop with my 3 children. There are 3
    accounts on my laptop (my youngest child is 6, so he does not have his own
    account yet), mine and one each for my son and my daughter. I moved the "my
    documents" folder for both my children onto a flash drive. This folder
    includes the music, pictures, videos, downloads, etc. Then deleted the
    original two files to free up space. I did not delete the "my documents"
    folder under my account as I am the main administrator of the computer. So...
    I thought all the data was safe and backed up onto the flash drive. To my
    horror, I checked the flash drive today and I have two short-cuts to "my
    documents" folders that are empty! Both these folders had my children's i-
    tunes accounts in them. The kids are 9 and 15. My 15 year old daughter had
    bought some of the songs in her i-tunes account, others were gotten off of
    Limewire. Of course, the Limewire folder was also under "my documents", so
    that is also gone. The music is still on their ipod's at this point. (There
    was more music in the I-tunes library than what they actually have on the
    ipods). I'm afraid if they were to plug in the ipod with an empty I-tunes
    account, something would go wrong. My question is.....does anybody know how
    I can restore these two lost folders? They are not in the recycle bin. I
    emptied that as I was trying to free up space in system C and I figured even
    things in the recycle bin would take up space. I have no other back up than
    what I put on the flash drive. I tried the system restore feature but it did
    not restore the two lost folders. I was reading about something on my
    computer called the "backup and restore wizard" but I am not sure how to use
    it. Of course, now that it is too late, I have discovered a function under
    system tools called "backup" but I never used it as I did not realize it was
    there, dummy me! My operating system is Windows XP Media Center Edition
    version 5.1/service pack 3 and my computer is a Compaq Presario R3000, if
    that information is of any use. Thanks in advance for any help I can get.
    My 15 year old daughter is going threw one of those bitchy phases where she
    seems like she hates her parents and she is really not going to be happy with
    me if I loose all her I-tunes library! (She also had a bunch of pictures,
    but I have a feeling she may have put them on a site called Flicker, so we
    may be ok in that respect).

    --
    Message posted via http://www.windowskb.com
     
  2. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    There are some file recovery programs out there that *might* be able to
    recover at least some of the files. A good one (not free) is EASEUS Data
    Recovery Wizard, and it works much better than the freebie ones, although
    you have to be careful in how you use it.

    System Restore doesn't restore personal folders, and the fact that you ran
    that complicates the issue even more, since more data on your hard drive has
    been overwritten. The more you use the computer the lower your chances of
    recovery become. I think the chances of recovering most of the music and
    video files are pretty low right now, but it might be worth trying out that
    program. That program might at least show some of what it could recover if
    you purchase it. Just be careful on how you use it (or any such program).


    mindydee113 via WindowsKB.com wrote:
    > HELP!!! I messed up big time! I am running out of disk space on my
    > laptop.
    > I wanted to download a movie from UTorrent and was told I did not have
    > enough
    > space. I figured I would move some of my files onto a flash drive to free
    > up
    > space & then I would have room for the movie. Once I watched the movie, I
    > was going to delete it. I share my laptop with my 3 children. There are
    > 3
    > accounts on my laptop (my youngest child is 6, so he does not have his own
    > account yet), mine and one each for my son and my daughter. I moved the
    > "my
    > documents" folder for both my children onto a flash drive. This folder
    > includes the music, pictures, videos, downloads, etc. Then deleted the
    > original two files to free up space. I did not delete the "my documents"
    > folder under my account as I am the main administrator of the computer.
    > So...
    > I thought all the data was safe and backed up onto the flash drive. To my
    > horror, I checked the flash drive today and I have two short-cuts to "my
    > documents" folders that are empty! Both these folders had my children's
    > i-
    > tunes accounts in them. The kids are 9 and 15. My 15 year old daughter
    > had
    > bought some of the songs in her i-tunes account, others were gotten off of
    > Limewire. Of course, the Limewire folder was also under "my documents",
    > so
    > that is also gone. The music is still on their ipod's at this point.
    > (There
    > was more music in the I-tunes library than what they actually have on the
    > ipods). I'm afraid if they were to plug in the ipod with an empty I-tunes
    > account, something would go wrong. My question is.....does anybody know
    > how
    > I can restore these two lost folders? They are not in the recycle bin. I
    > emptied that as I was trying to free up space in system C and I figured
    > even
    > things in the recycle bin would take up space. I have no other back up
    > than
    > what I put on the flash drive. I tried the system restore feature but it
    > did
    > not restore the two lost folders. I was reading about something on my
    > computer called the "backup and restore wizard" but I am not sure how to
    > use
    > it. Of course, now that it is too late, I have discovered a function
    > under
    > system tools called "backup" but I never used it as I did not realize it
    > was
    > there, dummy me! My operating system is Windows XP Media Center Edition
    > version 5.1/service pack 3 and my computer is a Compaq Presario R3000, if
    > that information is of any use. Thanks in advance for any help I can get.
    > My 15 year old daughter is going threw one of those bitchy phases where
    > she
    > seems like she hates her parents and she is really not going to be happy
    > with
    > me if I loose all her I-tunes library! (She also had a bunch of pictures,
    > but I have a feeling she may have put them on a site called Flicker, so we
    > may be ok in that respect).
    >
    > --
    > Message posted via http://www.windowskb.com
     
  3. Bill in Co.

    Bill in Co. Flightless Bird

    Addended..

    There are some file recovery programs out there that *might* be able to
    recover at least some of the files. A good one (not free) is EASEUS Data
    Recovery Wizard, and it works much better than the freebie ones, although
    you have to be careful in how you use it.

    OR "Recover My Files", which also has a good review.

    System Restore doesn't restore personal folders, and the fact that you ran
    that complicates the issue even more, since more data on your hard drive has
    been overwritten. The more you use the computer the lower your chances of
    recovery become. I think the chances of recovering most of the music and
    video files are pretty low right now, but it might be worth trying out that
    program. That program might at least show some of what it could recover if
    you purchase it. Just be careful on how you use it (or any such program).


    > mindydee113 via WindowsKB.com wrote:
    > HELP!!! I messed up big time! I am running out of disk space on my
    > laptop.
    > I wanted to download a movie from UTorrent and was told I did not have
    > enough
    > space. I figured I would move some of my files onto a flash drive to free
    > up
    > space & then I would have room for the movie. Once I watched the movie, I
    > was going to delete it. I share my laptop with my 3 children. There are
    > 3
    > accounts on my laptop (my youngest child is 6, so he does not have his own
    > account yet), mine and one each for my son and my daughter. I moved the
    > "my documents" folder for both my children onto a flash drive. This
    > folder
    > includes the music, pictures, videos, downloads, etc. Then deleted the
    > original two files to free up space. I did not delete the "my documents"
    > folder under my account as I am the main administrator of the computer.
    > So...
    > I thought all the data was safe and backed up onto the flash drive. To my
    > horror, I checked the flash drive today and I have two short-cuts to "my
    > documents" folders that are empty! Both these folders had my children's
    > i-tunes accounts in them. The kids are 9 and 15. My 15 year old daughter
    > had bought some of the songs in her i-tunes account, others were gotten
    > off of
    > Limewire. Of course, the Limewire folder was also under "my documents",
    > so that is also gone. The music is still on their ipod's at this point.
    > (There
    > was more music in the I-tunes library than what they actually have on the
    > ipods). I'm afraid if they were to plug in the ipod with an empty I-tunes
    > account, something would go wrong. My question is.....does anybody know
    > how I can restore these two lost folders? They are not in the recycle
    > bin. I
    > emptied that as I was trying to free up space in system C and I figured
    > even
    > things in the recycle bin would take up space. I have no other back up
    > than
    > what I put on the flash drive. I tried the system restore feature but it
    > did
    > not restore the two lost folders. I was reading about something on my
    > computer called the "backup and restore wizard" but I am not sure how to
    > use it. Of course, now that it is too late, I have discovered a function
    > under
    > system tools called "backup" but I never used it as I did not realize it
    > was
    > there, dummy me! My operating system is Windows XP Media Center Edition
    > version 5.1/service pack 3 and my computer is a Compaq Presario R3000, if
    > that information is of any use. Thanks in advance for any help I can get.
    > My 15 year old daughter is going threw one of those bitchy phases where
    > she seems like she hates her parents and she is really not going to be
    > happy
    > with me if I loose all her I-tunes library! (She also had a bunch of
    > pictures,
    > but I have a feeling she may have put them on a site called Flicker, so we
    > may be ok in that respect).
    >
    > --
    > Message posted via http://www.windowskb.com
     
  4. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    mindydee113 via WindowsKB.com wrote:
    > HELP!!! I messed up big time! I am running out of disk space on my
    > laptop. I wanted to download a movie from UTorrent and was told I did
    > not have enough space. I figured I would move some of my files onto
    > a flash drive to free up space & then I would have room for the
    > movie. Once I watched the movie, I was going to delete it. I share
    > my laptop with my 3 children. There are 3 accounts on my laptop (my
    > youngest child is 6, so he does not have his own account yet), mine
    > and one each for my son and my daughter. I moved the "my documents"
    > folder for both my children onto a flash drive. This folder includes
    > the music, pictures, videos, downloads, etc. Then deleted the
    > original two files to free up space. I did not delete the "my
    > documents" folder under my account as I am the main administrator of
    > the computer. So... I thought all the data was safe and backed up
    > onto the flash drive. To my horror, I checked the flash drive today
    > and I have two short-cuts to "my documents" folders that are empty!
    > Both these folders had my children's i- tunes accounts in them. The
    > kids are 9 and 15. My 15 year old daughter had bought some of the
    > songs in her i-tunes account, others were gotten off of Limewire. Of
    > course, the Limewire folder was also under "my documents", so that is
    > also gone. The music is still on their ipod's at this point. (There
    > was more music in the I-tunes library than what they actually have on
    > the ipods). I'm afraid if they were to plug in the ipod with an
    > empty I-tunes account, something would go wrong. My question
    > is.....does anybody know how I can restore these two lost folders?
    > They are not in the recycle bin. I emptied that as I was trying to
    > free up space in system C and I figured even things in the recycle
    > bin would take up space. I have no other back up than what I put on
    > the flash drive. I tried the system restore feature but it did not
    > restore the two lost folders. I was reading about something on my
    > computer called the "backup and restore wizard" but I am not sure how
    > to use it. Of course, now that it is too late, I have discovered a
    > function under system tools called "backup" but I never used it as I
    > did not realize it was there, dummy me! My operating system is
    > Windows XP Media Center Edition version 5.1/service pack 3 and my
    > computer is a Compaq Presario R3000, if that information is of any
    > use. Thanks in advance for any help I can get.
    > My 15 year old daughter is going threw one of those bitchy phases
    > where she seems like she hates her parents and she is really not
    > going to be happy with me if I loose all her I-tunes library! (She
    > also had a bunch of pictures, but I have a feeling she may have put
    > them on a site called Flicker, so we may be ok in that respect).


    FYI: The Recycle Bin takes up no space (to speak of). It consists merely of
    pointers to where the files USED to be after their directory entries were
    wiped.
     
  5. T Shadow

    T Shadow Flightless Bird

    "HeyBub" <heybub@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:eGLLSoM6KHA.5476@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > mindydee113 via WindowsKB.com wrote:
    >> HELP!!! I messed up big time! I am running out of disk space on my
    >> laptop. I wanted to download a movie from UTorrent and was told I did
    >> not have enough space. I figured I would move some of my files onto
    >> a flash drive to free up space & then I would have room for the
    >> movie. Once I watched the movie, I was going to delete it. I share
    >> my laptop with my 3 children. There are 3 accounts on my laptop (my
    >> youngest child is 6, so he does not have his own account yet), mine
    >> and one each for my son and my daughter. I moved the "my documents"
    >> folder for both my children onto a flash drive. This folder includes
    >> the music, pictures, videos, downloads, etc. Then deleted the
    >> original two files to free up space. I did not delete the "my
    >> documents" folder under my account as I am the main administrator of
    >> the computer. So... I thought all the data was safe and backed up
    >> onto the flash drive. To my horror, I checked the flash drive today
    >> and I have two short-cuts to "my documents" folders that are empty!
    >> Both these folders had my children's i- tunes accounts in them. The
    >> kids are 9 and 15. My 15 year old daughter had bought some of the
    >> songs in her i-tunes account, others were gotten off of Limewire. Of
    >> course, the Limewire folder was also under "my documents", so that is
    >> also gone. The music is still on their ipod's at this point. (There
    >> was more music in the I-tunes library than what they actually have on
    >> the ipods). I'm afraid if they were to plug in the ipod with an
    >> empty I-tunes account, something would go wrong. My question
    >> is.....does anybody know how I can restore these two lost folders?
    >> They are not in the recycle bin. I emptied that as I was trying to
    >> free up space in system C and I figured even things in the recycle
    >> bin would take up space. I have no other back up than what I put on
    >> the flash drive. I tried the system restore feature but it did not
    >> restore the two lost folders. I was reading about something on my
    >> computer called the "backup and restore wizard" but I am not sure how
    >> to use it. Of course, now that it is too late, I have discovered a
    >> function under system tools called "backup" but I never used it as I
    >> did not realize it was there, dummy me! My operating system is
    >> Windows XP Media Center Edition version 5.1/service pack 3 and my
    >> computer is a Compaq Presario R3000, if that information is of any
    >> use. Thanks in advance for any help I can get.
    >> My 15 year old daughter is going threw one of those bitchy phases
    >> where she seems like she hates her parents and she is really not
    >> going to be happy with me if I loose all her I-tunes library! (She
    >> also had a bunch of pictures, but I have a feeling she may have put
    >> them on a site called Flicker, so we may be ok in that respect).

    >
    > FYI: The Recycle Bin takes up no space (to speak of). It consists merely
    > of pointers to where the files USED to be after their directory entries
    > were wiped.


    Nope! The file are still there, if options have been left at default. Just
    look at the drive(s) free space before and after emptying the bin. If you
    delete files that are too big(~4G8) for the bin, then it'll ask if you want
    to actually delete them. Has always worked that way for me. That's why it a
    recycle bin and not a black hole :-Ob.
     
  6. LD5SZRA

    LD5SZRA Flightless Bird

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    "mindydee113 via WindowsKB.com" wrote:
    >
    > HELP!!! I messed up big time! I am running out of disk space on my laptop.
    > I wanted to download a movie from UTorrent and was told I did not have enough
    > space. I figured I would move some of my files onto a flash drive to free up
    > space & then I would have room for the movie. Once I watched the movie, I
    > was going to delete it. I share my laptop with my 3 children. There are 3
    > accounts on my laptop (my youngest child is 6, so he does not have his own
    > account yet), mine and one each for my son and my daughter. I moved the "my
    > documents" folder for both my children onto a flash drive. This folder
    > includes the music, pictures, videos, downloads, etc. Then deleted the
    > original two files to free up space. I did not delete the "my documents"
    > folder under my account as I am the main administrator of the computer. So...
    > I thought all the data was safe and backed up onto the flash drive. To my
    > horror, I checked the flash drive today and I have two short-cuts to "my
    > documents" folders that are empty! Both these folders had my children's i-
    > tunes accounts in them. The kids are 9 and 15. My 15 year old daughter had
    > bought some of the songs in her i-tunes account, others were gotten off of
    > Limewire. Of course, the Limewire folder was also under "my documents", so
    > that is also gone. The music is still on their ipod's at this point. (There
    > was more music in the I-tunes library than what they actually have on the
    > ipods). I'm afraid if they were to plug in the ipod with an empty I-tunes
    > account, something would go wrong. My question is.....does anybody know how
    > I can restore these two lost folders? They are not in the recycle bin. I
    > emptied that as I was trying to free up space in system C and I figured even
    > things in the recycle bin would take up space. I have no other back up than
    > what I put on the flash drive. I tried the system restore feature but it did
    > not restore the two lost folders. I was reading about something on my
    > computer called the "backup and restore wizard" but I am not sure how to use
    > it. Of course, now that it is too late, I have discovered a function under
    > system tools called "backup" but I never used it as I did not realize it was
    > there, dummy me! My operating system is Windows XP Media Center Edition
    > version 5.1/service pack 3 and my computer is a Compaq Presario R3000, if
    > that information is of any use. Thanks in advance for any help I can get.
    > My 15 year old daughter is going threw one of those bitchy phases where she
    > seems like she hates her parents and she is really not going to be happy with
    > me if I loose all her I-tunes library! (She also had a bunch of pictures,
    > but I have a feeling she may have put them on a site called Flicker, so we
    > may be ok in that respect).
    >
    > --
    > Message posted via http://www.windowskb.com


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  7. HeyBub: Thanks for the reply. That is good to know, I always thought the
    recycle bin took up needed space. I was always quick to delete anything I
    put in there simply due to the fact that my C drive is low on space. Now I
    know I can leave things in there just in case I change my mind at a later
    time and need to get them back. You learn something new everyday! Have a
    great day friend! :)

    HeyBub wrote:
    >> HELP!!! I messed up big time! I am running out of disk space on my
    >> laptop. I wanted to download a movie from UTorrent and was told I did

    >[quoted text clipped - 37 lines]
    >> also had a bunch of pictures, but I have a feeling she may have put
    >> them on a site called Flicker, so we may be ok in that respect).

    >
    >FYI: The Recycle Bin takes up no space (to speak of). It consists merely of
    >pointers to where the files USED to be after their directory entries were
    >wiped.


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    http://www.windowskb.com/Uwe/Forums.aspx/windowsxp/201005/1
     
  8. Billns

    Billns Flightless Bird

    On 4/30/2010 10:56 AM, mindydee113 via WindowsKB.com wrote:
    > HELP!!! I messed up big time! I am running out of disk space on my laptop.
    > I wanted to download a movie from UTorrent and was told I did not have enough
    > space. I figured I would move some of my files onto a flash drive to free up
    > space& then I would have room for the movie. Once I watched the movie, I
    > was going to delete it. I share my laptop with my 3 children. There are 3
    > accounts on my laptop (my youngest child is 6, so he does not have his own
    > account yet), mine and one each for my son and my daughter. I moved the "my
    > documents" folder for both my children onto a flash drive. This folder
    > includes the music, pictures, videos, downloads, etc. Then deleted the
    > original two files to free up space. I did not delete the "my documents"
    > folder under my account as I am the main administrator of the computer. So...
    > I thought all the data was safe and backed up onto the flash drive. To my
    > horror, I checked the flash drive today and I have two short-cuts to "my
    > documents" folders that are empty! Both these folders had my children's i-
    > tunes accounts in them. The kids are 9 and 15. My 15 year old daughter had
    > bought some of the songs in her i-tunes account, others were gotten off of
    > Limewire. Of course, the Limewire folder was also under "my documents", so
    > that is also gone. The music is still on their ipod's at this point. (There
    > was more music in the I-tunes library than what they actually have on the
    > ipods). I'm afraid if they were to plug in the ipod with an empty I-tunes
    > account, something would go wrong. My question is.....does anybody know how
    > I can restore these two lost folders? They are not in the recycle bin. I
    > emptied that as I was trying to free up space in system C and I figured even
    > things in the recycle bin would take up space. I have no other back up than
    > what I put on the flash drive. I tried the system restore feature but it did
    > not restore the two lost folders. I was reading about something on my
    > computer called the "backup and restore wizard" but I am not sure how to use
    > it. Of course, now that it is too late, I have discovered a function under
    > system tools called "backup" but I never used it as I did not realize it was
    > there, dummy me! My operating system is Windows XP Media Center Edition
    > version 5.1/service pack 3 and my computer is a Compaq Presario R3000, if
    > that information is of any use. Thanks in advance for any help I can get.
    > My 15 year old daughter is going threw one of those bitchy phases where she
    > seems like she hates her parents and she is really not going to be happy with
    > me if I loose all her I-tunes library! (She also had a bunch of pictures,
    > but I have a feeling she may have put them on a site called Flicker, so we
    > may be ok in that respect).
    >


    Once you get this all straightened out consider getting an external hard
    drive where you can move (or better, backup) your data.

    Usually it's the kids that screw up the parents' computer, not the other
    way around.

    Bill
     

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