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Windows 7: How Can I restore a folder back to a certain date? SOS

01 Oct 2014   #1
kellysau

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How Can I restore a folder back to a certain date? SOS

copied 6000 pictures to Windows from my iphone on 13 September 2014 and the folder is still there but today i realised they have all disappeared!!!! OMG. it must have been overwritten by the windows updates that I have been receiving these past weeks. this is horrible. I tried Recuva, System restore explorer. i cant find any of the pictures. I thought i can trust Windows but NO? how can windows updates delete my photos? so ridiculous. please help!

is there anyway to go back to 13/9/2014 16:17 that is when this picture folder was created I believe if i go back then the pictures will be there. however strange thing is Recuva didnt identify any pictures got deleted in this folder...?


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01 Oct 2014   #2
Kari

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Hi Kelly, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Windows Update does not remove your pics, absolutely not, it is most probably something you have done by yourself (or another user of that PC).

See if this tutorial can help you: Previous Versions - Restore Files and Folders

Kari
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01 Oct 2014   #3
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Files can be lost for many reasons, not all of which are preventable. For that reason all files of any importance need at least one backup copy while those of particular importance need 2 or more backup copies. This is doubly important for files on portable devices. Recovery methods cannot be relied on.

Almost every day I see people come to this forum looking for help when "very important" files are lost. In many cases I am sure the files are never recovered.
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01 Oct 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

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Did you (or win7, or some installation) make a restore point when images were still on disk?
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01 Oct 2014   #5
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Did you (or win7, or some installation) make a restore point when images were still on disk?
System Restore will not help, it does only restore Windows system files, installed programs and system settings. It does not remove nor restore the user files.

Microsoft: Windows 7 System Restore FAQ
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01 Oct 2014   #6
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Did you (or win7, or some installation) make a restore point when images were still on disk?
System Restore will not help, it does only restore Windows system files, installed programs and system settings. It does not remove nor restore the user files.

Microsoft: Windows 7 System Restore FAQ
I was talking about Restore Points. They're used for previous version of files as well!
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01 Oct 2014   #7
Kari

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As the Previous Versions tutorial link was already posted, I could not even think you meant that. In my opinion you referred to System Restore which as I said does not solve the OP's issue.
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01 Oct 2014   #8
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Got to go along with Kari.
System Restore: frequently asked questions
Quote:
What files are changed during a system restore?

System Restore affects Windows system files, programs, and registry settings. It can also make changes to scripts, batch files, and other types of executable files created under any user account on your computer. System Restore does not affect personal files, such as e-mail, documents, or photos, so it cannot help you restore a deleted file. If you have backups of your files, you can restore the files from a backup.

A free program that may help is Recuva.
https://www.piriform.com/recuva
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01 Oct 2014   #9
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Berton View Post
Got to go along with Kari.
System Restore: frequently asked questions
Quote:
What files are changed during a system restore?

System Restore affects Windows system files, programs, and registry settings. It can also make changes to scripts, batch files, and other types of executable files created under any user account on your computer. System Restore does not affect personal files, such as e-mail, documents, or photos, so it cannot help you restore a deleted file. If you have backups of your files, you can restore the files from a backup.

A free program that may help is Recuva.
https://www.piriform.com/recuva
I was NOT talking about System Restore! I was talking about Restore Points
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01 Oct 2014   #10
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

Quote:
I was NOT talking about System Restore! I was talking about Restore Points
Actually, you were talking about System Restore. Basically put, the Restore Points are the index of the files created by System Restore and saved on the Hard Disk Drive.
Some reading:
What is System Restore? - Windows Help

And don't confuse System Restore with Factory Restore [may be other names for the same thing]. Factory Restore usually wipes everything from the computer and re-installs to put the computer back to the condition it was in when it shipped from the factory.
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