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Windows 7: How to successfully recover music files?

04 Jun 2011   #1

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How to successfully recover music files?

Recently the external HD with my complete iTunes library crashed and could not be repaired/accessed. Fortunately one of my children had a copy of it - but had deleted a substantial amount of classical music that did not interest him.
But after the deletion his HD had only been used to play the songs, nothing was added or edited, so I thought it would be easy to undelete or recover 'my lost music'.
My first disappointment was that the good old UNDELETE command in MS-DOS no longer seems to work in Windows 7. Correct?
I found Windows 7 information that deleted files can be recovered with the 'previous versions' option, but for my music no previous version could be found. Or did I look the wrong way?
Then I used three different file recovery systems: minitools data recovery, file recover, recover my files.
All three found tons of files (90% the same ones), but hardly any usable music. Most was crap - and you can only find out by testing each individual file.
First of all, the files names were often not the songtitles, but something like $BN76GTP4A. If a property field contains a song title and/or artist name and/or duration, it is often the incorrect one. The file itself too is often crap: it starts in the middle of a song, then after 10 seconds switches to a complete different piece of music - and so on. Unpredictable result.
I always thought that recovering/undeleting data from a 'non-affected' HD was easy as drinking a cup of tea. Apparently not.
Where are the days that it was enough to run MS-Dos > Undelete and find ALL deleted files complete and unharmed, with only the first file name letter replaced by _ or $. Those days seem gone. Why?
Is there still a similar recovering method available that brings my music back?
Thanks for your suggestions.

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04 Jun 2011   #2
ski

windows 7
 
 

Did you consider using a HD recovery $ervice for the external HD?
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04 Jun 2011   #3

windows 7
 
 

Yes - but far from attractive: prices from US$ 300-600 plus additional DHL shipment costs to and back (Indonesia <> Singapore).
Apart from that: I still do not understand why fancy uptodate software recovery programs can do no better than just produce crap, while the good old MS-DOS undelete command brought back all files instantly and undamaged...
Can anyone explain?
Has anyone an application/suggestion that does the same as what in the past 'undelete' did?
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04 Jun 2011   #4

windows7 Ultimate SP1 x32bit
 
 

Use Recover.
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04 Jun 2011   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Recovering files from an external disk is usually not easy. The "previous version" only works if you have arranged for restore points on that disk/partition which you probably have not done.

Maybe this can help: Data Recovery for Dummies: simple way to rescue your files
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04 Jun 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit SP1
 
 

There are several kinds of data recovery issues I can think of.

1- Deleted files and the HD has not been over written with other files.
2- Deleted and damaged files on a HD that has been written to.
3- Deleted and damaged files on a physically sound HD with a damaged partition table
4- Deleted and damaged files on a physically damaged HD

There are some sophisticated programmes and other techniques for dealing with issues 2, 3 and 4.

However this issue seems to fall into caegory 1 as you have a good second copy of the files on a good HD which have just been deleted, so recuver should do the trick quickly and easily, and its free!

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

Kind Regards

Chris
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