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Windows 7: I was stupid and accidentally deleted some important stuff

26 Jan 2014   #1
Stupidgirl

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
I was stupid and accidentally deleted some important stuff

I was cleaning my computer as the memory was filling up fast. I accidentally deleted a file on my desktop that was full of pictures that i need back. I deleted them, then emptied the recycle bin. I then ran glary utilities and then ccleaner, finishing with defraggler. Is there any program that may be able to find this file again???


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26 Jan 2014   #2
madcratebuilder

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's
 
 

Very unlikely.
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26 Jan 2014   #3
Ex_Brit

Win 7 Ult SP1/Win 10 Pro (all x64)
 
 

After using all those tools it's extremely doubtful but you could try professional file retrieval, costly, or something like this: eSupport UndeletePlus - Easily undelete, unerase, and recover deleted files
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26 Jan 2014   #4
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

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26 Jan 2014   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Something to try

Have a look here:

C:\Users\Username\Desktop

right click and choose "restore previous versions".

Other than that you can try mounting a restore point using:

System Restore Explorer





If you run System Restore Explorer you can choose to mount any available restore point then browse to your old desktop and copy the files back to your current desktop. Then remember to dismount the old restore point afterwards!

If you don't have restore points or backups available the file recovery software is about the only other option.
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26 Jan 2014   #6
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

It's quite simple! Is it one folder you wan to get back? If so.... which folder name ? (for example C:\users\yourname\desktop\somefolder)
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26 Jan 2014   #7
Kaktussoft

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goto C:\Users\Username in file explorer. Right click on "Desktop" then "restore previous versions". Click the most recent stuff but prior to deletion of folder. Click "open" (no restore!), now you see the old contents of C:\Users\Username\Desktop (your Desktop). You can now copy anything you want to the real desktop.
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26 Jan 2014   #8
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

I have heard good things about Recuva (which has a free version) but, after all the utilities you ran after you accidentally deleted your folder, especially Defraggler, it's highly unlikely you will get them back since the defragging operation probably wrote over the deleted files.

To avoid this in the future, you need to look into putting a backup scheme into place so you can recover lost data in the future. The easiest one that involves no additional hardware or work on your part would be to use a cloud backup service such as Carbonite. The Basic home plan costs only $60/year. Carbonite puts software on your computer that will automatically upload a copy of your data to its servers. It will keep that data until you change or delete it, after which, it will keep the original data that was changed or deleted for 30 days before deleting it from its servers. If you had already had Carbonite when you accidentally deleted your folder (btw, we've all done that at some point or another so don't feel stupid), you could have downloaded the deleted folder back to your computer. The downsides of Carbonite are you need a broadband connection, you may need to run your computer 24/7 if you add a lot of data to your computer, and Carbonite will throttle uploads if you exceed 200GB of data on its servers. The Basic plan only backs up data; there are more expensive plans that will backup the entire computer.

I recommend at least one onsite backup and one offsite backup (Carbonite is an easy way to get an offsite backup). An onsite backup can be as simple as an external hard drive you connect to the computer and copy your data to. For more ideas and help on how to backup your data, post a query in the Backup and Restore section of Seven Forums and there will be people there to help you out.
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26 Jan 2014   #9
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
goto C:\Users\Username in file explorer. Right click on "Desktop" then "restore previous versions". Click the most recent stuff but prior to deletion of folder. Click "open" (no restore!), now you see the old contents of C:\Users\Username\Desktop (your Desktop). You can now copy anything you want to the real desktop.
This will work if System Protection is configured that way. It is probably the easiest solution.

If System Protection is not configured that way, then Lady Fitzgerald's Recuva suggestion might help.

I would try Kaktussoft's suggestion first. Ask questions if needed.
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26 Jan 2014   #10
newblueboy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Another option might be running something like Recuva from Piriform. Again, it's possible after just deleting it, but did you have to run Defraggler? I mean, c'mon!
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