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Windows 7: RECYCLE BIN Bues...missing AUDIO files...!!!

02 May 2012   #1

Win 7 Pro 64-Bit
RECYCLE BIN Bues...missing AUDIO files...!!!


here's a good one...

prior to defragging my recording studio pc's audio drive...I went into my DAW (cakewalk SONAR XI), to a function known as 'Clean Audio Folder'...called up each one of the folders where SONAR audio data is stored...found the (supposedly) un-needed audio files & deleted them.

ten minutes later...I opened one of those projects; & some audio is now missing.

first, I ran a search from that SONAR dialog...machine finds nothing.

then I went to RECYCLE BIN...nothing there either.

went back & opened the project in question & highlighted every missing audio file the dialog asked about; and saved their titles in a notepad file. (& then ran an actual windows 7 search for some...nothing was found).


1) are these GONE 4 GOOD...forever...???

2) if I take out that drive & take it to my local pc repairshop (who do file recovery very, very well)...will they find them...??? (& about purchasing my own data recovery software...will that work...???)

3) shouldn't they have been listed in the RECYCLE BIN...???...(that audio drive was listed as one of the indexing locations).

need these files...any ideas...???



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02 May 2012   #2

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

If you have System Restore active for the partition you could try Previous Versions. Previous Versions - Restore Files and Folders
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03 May 2012   #3

Win 7 Pro 64-Bit

used a data recovery program called found about half of the missing files. they were in one of the RECYCLE folders discovered, in & under their own heirarchy.

the others...(which disappeared the exact same way)...have no idea


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04 May 2012   #4

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

I've not come across that one before. I tend to use Recuva for that. The link is in my signature.
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04 May 2012   #5

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit

Since file disappearance is often associated with malware, my recommendation is:
Run WDO, Windows Defender Offline. Please use the link in my signature. This will microsoft link if excellent.

WDO will automatically run a quick scan. When the quick scan finishes, then run a full scan over all drives.

Here is the procedure that i use with WDO:
Windows Defender Offline
is a free standalone, bootable malware and virus remover from Microsoft.
performs an offline scan of an infected PC to remove viruses, rootkits and other advanced malware.

Download Windows Defender Offline (about 764 kB)

You will have the choice of downloading the 32bit version (x86) or the 64 bit version (x64).
The link will help you determine whether you are running a 32 bit version or 64 bit version of Windows

NOTE!! You can download and prepare a 32 bit version using a 64 bit version of Windows
NOTE!! You can download and prepare a 64 bit version using a 32bit version of Windows.

You run the 32 bit version on a 32 bit version of Windows.
You run the 64 bit version on a 64 bit version of Windows.

The 32 bit download file name is: mssstool32.exe
The 64 bit download file name is: mssstool64.exe

For the curious, this program was originally name Microsoft Standalone System Sweeper.

You will need an Internet Connection.
Insert 512 mB (Microsoft’s 256 mB is no longer accurate) or larger USB stick into a usb port.
Run the downloaded program--mssstool64.exe or mssstool32.exe
NEXT button
Choose the option On a USB flash drive that is not password protected
NEXT button
NEXT button
The install program will format the usb stick using the NTFS format.
The install program will download about 210 mB.
The install program will name the USB stick WDO_Media32 or WDO_Media64
The WDO_Media32 usb stick will have used space of 255 mB (268,140,544 bytes)
The WDO_Media64 usb stick will have used space of 282 mB (296,165,376 bytes)
You can expect the number of mB to increase as more malware appears.

UPDATE Windows Defender Offline USB stick:
reinsert the usb stick
run the installation program, mssstool64.exe or mssstool32.exe, again.
the update will download about 66 mB (mssstool32.exe) and 68 mB (mssstool64.exe).

Since the malware database is sometimes updated several times in a day, always update before running.

Bootup your computer from the USB stick
Windows Defender Offline will automatically perform a quick scan.
After the quick scan finishes, Choose Full Scan
Select all of your drives

The initial, full scan can easily take several hours, but
Remember, your computer is being very thoroughly checked for all types of malware.

The results will be in:
\Windows\Windows Defender Offline\Support,
file name format is MPLOG- as one or more files with a TXT extension which can be viewed with Notepad.
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