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Windows 7: How to recover Cancelled Moving Files From an external drive

17 Feb 2013   #1

How to recover Cancelled Moving Files From an external drive

Hello, i am facing a very disturbing problem right now... On my external hard disk, i tried moving a folder that contained all my important files into the hidden folder named $RECYCLE.BIN.... this was successful, but in my quest to secure the folder more, i tried moving it into one of the folders named "S-1-5-21-3653930289-2530686896-918681669-1001", this was beginning to take a long time so i pressed Cancel. Only to find the folder missing, And i cant open the above named folder for access.... While checking the hard disk property and diskspace, it shows that the folder is still occupying its space.. I tried undoing the move but i still cant find it... any help??

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17 Feb 2013   #2
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Boy oh Boy that is the first time I have ever head of anybody trying to do that. What in the world made you try that? The only thing I can think of is doing a search for $RECYCLE.BIN using Windows Explores and see if there is a folder with your things in it.
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17 Feb 2013   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


I have really big difficulties to believe this is true, must be a troll. Nobody, absolutely nobody can be so stupid inconsiderate and thoughtless.

If we have the mother of all Darwin Award winners here, you have exactly four options (the fourth one is not a real option, just a fact):
  • Restore an earlier system image
  • Restore the folder from an earlier file backup that contains the folder in question
  • Restore an earlier version of the parent folder which contained the folder you moved to trash
  • Forget those files, they are gone

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17 Feb 2013   #4
Phone Man

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit

Download and run Recuva and see what it fines. Get the Free version.

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

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17 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7/8/8.1 x64 &&& Debian-Based Linux

Is there not the option of using a forensic filesystem utility to restore deleted files? I don't understand why they would be gone though; I was pretty sure the way Windows handled a move operation was to write the destination before deleting the source. Although I also don't understand how copying your files to these folders would secure them.
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17 Feb 2013   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Darwin Award
Now why didn't I think of that?
Thanks Kari.
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