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Windows 7: External hard drive help

10 Jul 2016   #11
Carole67

Window 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
External hard drive

I thank everyone who has helped me with my external drive questions. I have decided to go to windows seven forum whenever I have a question about what to do and what not to do. I have lost so many pictures because of what I have done. Thanks once again to all of you.


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10 Jul 2016   #12
mitchell65

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

Just to add my twopennyworth. If you delete a file from your main hard drive it will go into your recycle bin and from there you can restore it with just one click!
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10 Jul 2016   #13
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Carole67 View Post
I thank everyone who has helped me with my external drive questions. I have decided to go to windows seven forum whenever I have a question about what to do and what not to do. I have lost so many pictures because of what I have done. Thanks once again to all of you.
Just a thought too Carol what I do from time to time is to put my pics on sticks - I find that useful when I have to do installs of whatever OS one is doing. It is just a matter of copy paste Pictures to the new install Pictures. Plus the sticks are so transportable and high capacity sticks are not that expensive these days
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10 Jul 2016   #14
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Carol, I really hope there is a way to undelete or recover deleted files from that external hard-drive! Have you tried Piriform's Recuva, PhotoRec, or anything else? As long as the ext HD has not been vastly over-written, there might be some hope.
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11 Jul 2016   #15
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hmm Roland beat me to it with the recovery stuff I find Recuva good to use but never have had to use it that much. Some others that might help Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility | Gizmo's Freeware
Now I would be surprised if the data recovery stuff cannot pick up something because I regularly check for duplicate files and weed them out to give me more disk space so they should be there wheresoever.

One last mention I used (and still would) to use this a lot to recover data from a drive
BOOTABLE UBUNTU
Make a bootable Ubuntu disk Download Ubuntu Desktop | Download | Ubuntu
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

There are other Linux based boots that will do the same thing but I find this quick and easy. Just remember this runs in a Linux based system and does not involve Windows which is good because there is no interference from Windows stuff.


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11 Jul 2016   #16
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

It might be worth Carole trying some of the data recovery methods, but I think the real problem was that Carole thought when she saved a picture to her HDD a copy was automatically saved to her external drive as well, which seems that did not happen.

So trying to recover data that is not there at all, will likely prove fruitless.
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12 Jul 2016   #17
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

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when she saved a picture to her HDD a copy was automatically saved to her external drive as well, which seems that did not happen. So trying to recover data that is not there at all, will likely prove fruitless.
Good point Ranger
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15 Jul 2016   #18
RolandJS

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ranger4 View Post
It might be worth Carole trying some of the data recovery methods, but I think the real problem was that Carole thought when she saved a picture to her HDD a copy was automatically saved to her external drive as well, which seems that did not happen. So trying to recover data that is not there at all, will likely prove fruitless.
+1; I was just hoping that somehow sometime something would copy stuff from internal to external -- as you said, if that did not happen, there is nothing to recover.
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15 Jul 2016   #19
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep I suppose although running say Recuva https://www.piriform.com/recuva is not going to cost anything or take long I shouldn't thin. If there is nothing there then nothing lost - so to speak.
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