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Windows 7: lost files after defragging


04 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 
lost files after defragging

Yesterday I moved around some files of photo's and had a general tidy up of my laptop and after doing so decided to run a defrag - it took 11 passes and now I have lost half of my photo files!!! Any clue if I might be able to find them - I have checked all user files and recycle bin to no avail.

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04 Aug 2012   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

Try a System Restore to a day before you did the Disk Defrag.

-Justin
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04 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

my concern is that - my daughter uploaded new photos a couple of hours before I ran the disk defrag and the files that are missing contain the photo's she uploaded (I know I should have maybe backed them up 1st but....!)

Is there a way to check when the last system restore point was created?
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04 Aug 2012   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-bit SP1
 
 

It will show when you run the system restore.

-Justin
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04 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi

First you could use Everything. its Fast and better than Windows Search. if you know the file name enter it here or you could also use Wildcard like *.jpg or *.png etc ..... this will show a list of all the files matching those extension.

If on the other hand your files are deleted.... and you havent't used your system much after that, then you can use Recuva to retrieve most of your files...

Do these and let me know what you find
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04 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

There was no point in doing a system restore as the restore points were before latest photo's were imported and after defragging when they had gone - it also says that it would have any effect on missing files and photo's.

So I tried searching again to no avail and then downloaded Recuva which could find nothing on my laptop so I tried it on the memory card in the camera. I believe I found the photo's on there but no preview was available although it did say most were excellent and recoverable. I recovered 55 of these photo's but..... I can't open the files now they show in photo viewer but not with a preview - if I double click on them I get a black screen saying it doesnt support this format or I need an update (it is fully updated!) so I guess unless anyone has any more suggestions I will just resign myself to the fact I have lost these photo's
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05 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

so now I have discovered half the music on my laptop has also disappeared since defragging!
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05 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Hi

Could you post the files here as per this.

As far as I know defraging doesn't delete files.. Either this could be the due to a virus/malware infection... or something else...
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05 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Try running a chkdsk in a command prompt to see if it finds errors with the drive. Don't use any of the switches to repair yet, just see what the check reports and post a screenshot of the reult.
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05 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Seven Forums.zip

@ centaur78 - is this what you needed?


@F5ing - don't want to sound too dumb but how do I run chkdsk?


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