Quote: Originally Posted by Senteaf
you may want to avoid writing any more data to the disk, I heard it will erase previous deleted data.
Certainly, the more you use this disk, the greater the chance the old data, whose space is now marked as free, will be overwritten with new files, including temporary files. So it will not be deleted, but will become unreadable.
The problem with "shift delete" is its purpose is to permanently delete - it does not send the file (or folder) to the recycle bin.
I agree with seavixen and recuva is a good option to try, but as noted, if the disk has been used, chances are greatly reduced. Depending on the value you place on these files, a professional recovery service may be your only option. But note these can be very expensive - costing $thousands.
I assume, you did not have a backup. I recommend EVERYONE, right NOW, backup any data they don't want to lose - ALL
hard drives WILL
fail, sooner or later.