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Windows 7: Recovering deleted data, Windows 7 Home Edition (x64)

04 Apr 2012   #1
markj343

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 
Recovering deleted data, Windows 7 Home Edition (x64)

Hi everyone

I've been searching and searching try to figure out a solution here. Basically, I had a zip file (which had a bunch of images in it) in a folder on my PC.

The exact destination was: C:\Users\Jack\Desktop\Jack\Random Files\Pictures

Anyways, on the 24th of March (2012), I deleted this file, and then removed it from the Recycle Bin. I now realize that I need to recover this zip file. Since removing the file, I have not put any new files in that specific folder titled "Pictures" (hopefully that's a good thing).

I've tried using a number of file recovery programs, majority of which I found here:

pcsupport.about.com/od/filerecovery/tp/free-file-recovery-programs.htm

Unfortunately, no luck yet. For some reason, it brings up files from 2010, but will not bring up this file which I only deleted a week and a half ago.

Thank you in advance to everyone who takes the time to help me out.

Thanks,
Mark


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04 Apr 2012   #2
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi Mark and welcome to Seven Forums.
If this is on a disk that has system protection turned on right click in an empty space in the folder and select properties. Go to the Previous Versions tab and let it populate. With a bit of luck you may have a version of the folder from before the date you deleted it. Double clicking on the version will open it in explorer and you can copy back your missing file.
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04 Apr 2012   #3
markj343

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
Hi Mark and welcome to Seven Forums.
If this is on a disk that has system protection turned on right click in an empty space in the folder and select properties. Go to the Previous Versions tab and let it populate. With a bit of luck you may have a version of the folder from before the date you deleted it. Double clicking on the version will open it in explorer and you can copy back your missing file.
Hello,

Thanks for the quick response. Unfortunately, I tried that, and there is nothing there. Not sure why though..

I went to My Computer -> Properties -> System Protection and noticed the following:

Recovery - Off
New Volume (E: ) - Off
OS (C: ) (System) - On

Keep in mind, this zip file was on the C drive, so I'm a bit surprised why there is nothing showing under the previous version tabs.
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04 Apr 2012   #4
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

That's a shame. The only other thing that may or may not work after this amount of time is a file recovery program. I notice you have tried some. I have found that Recuva works as well as any. The link is in my signature.
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04 Apr 2012   #5
markj343

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
That's a shame. The only other thing that may or may not work after this amount of time is a file recovery program. I notice you have tried some. I have found that Recuva works as well as any. The link is in my signature.
Thank you. I'm running Recuva right now (deep scan). I'll be sure to post back and let you know how it worked out for me.
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04 Apr 2012   #6
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I hope it works out.
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04 Apr 2012   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

I agree - Recuva is probably the best bet option in this case. When you run it, be sure to try the Deep Scan feature under the Options menu.

Regards,
Golden
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04 Apr 2012   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

I've found that the Runtime Software products work quite well -- providing the data hasn't been overwritten.

You can go to their website and get free trial versions of Recover My Files and GetDataBack for NTFS. They won't actually recover the files, but you can at least run them to see if they find the files.
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04 Apr 2012   #9
markj343

Windows 7 Home x64
 
 

Thank you everyone. Recuva just finished scanning, and I'm going to look through now and see if I can find what I'm looking for.

One weird thing though..the dates under "Last Modified" seem to be quite off, which is making it quite difficult for me to find what I'm looking for. For example, it's showing files that I downloaded yesterday, and deleted on the same day, as "Last Modified on 3/8/2012". Any idea why it's doing that?

Also, since all my images were in a .zip file, would I be looking for that .zip file specifically, or would all the images in the zip file been unzipped once I deleted it. Just trying to get an idea as to whether I'm looking for one file here, or multiple.
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04 Apr 2012   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

You should filter the data on the .zip extension (or whatever extension the ZIP file used).

Regards,
Golden
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