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Windows 7: All personal files deleted. Files scattered on Recuva

09 Aug 2015   #1
watley94

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
All personal files deleted. Files scattered on Recuva

Hello, i have a samsung qx411-w01 and i was having issues with it such as blue screen crashes, several program crashes etc. Unfortunately, my system restores got cleaned out and there was not a way to go back before the errors started. I decided to use Samsung Recovery Solutions to restore my windows files but instead of a quick restore i mistakenly did a complete restore which restored my entire windows drive (not just folder) and deleted ALL my personal files and reverted my computer to the state it was when i got it in 2012. Im currently trying to get my files back using recuva but everything is disorganized and i have no idea how to get it all back... I want to recover entire folders but the files are scattered. I mostly just want music, playlists, pictures, documents, videos, pdfs, etc. Im not worried about reinstalling the programs and settings. I havent been touching my computer much because i dont want deleted files to get overwritten. I really need help restoring my computer to what it was, what should i do? Please help


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09 Aug 2015   #2
DarKnight

Win7 Ultimate/X84
 
 

Hmm, Getting those files back seems to be hard,but let's do it...
Go to computer> C partition>Users ---- Your old user account should be stored here,open it and your deleted files might be stored here.
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09 Aug 2015   #3
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

First off don't make two threads for the same thing that will not get you help faster. Next time make a new post in your old thread unless it's a different issue.

K now try not to use the pc and do you have a external hdd that your could put the data you recover on that has as much frees space as the size of the whole other hdd? If so you can use a tool to recover your lost partition in its entirety, this is the best method as it will find the data that was not over written. You could also try recuva but still want to recover anything it finds on a separate disk and not itself. Make sure you use deep scan for recuva and do like say pictures first then try video ect.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarKnight View Post
Hmm, Getting those files back seems to be hard,but let's do it...
Go to computer> C partition>Users ---- Your old user account should be stored here,open it and your deleted files might be stored here.
If they did a factory reset and it formatted first then it will be not on the same partition table anymore. Good place to check though.
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09 Aug 2015   #4
watley94

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarKnight View Post
Hmm, Getting those files back seems to be hard,but let's do it...
Go to computer> C partition>Users ---- Your old user account should be stored here,open it and your deleted files might be stored here.
Thanks for your help. No, the default folder structure is there (documents,desktop, music, pictures, etc) but everything is empty.
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09 Aug 2015   #5
watley94

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
First off don't make two threads for the same thing that will not get you help faster. Next time make a new post in your old thread unless it's a different issue.

K now try not to use the pc and do you have a external hdd that your could put the data you recover on that has as much frees space as the size of the whole other hdd? If so you can use a tool to recover your lost partition in its entirety, this is the best method as it will find the data that was not over written. You could also try recuva but still want to recover anything it finds on a separate disk and not itself. Make sure you use deep scan for recuva and do like say pictures first then try video ect.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DarKnight View Post
Hmm, Getting those files back seems to be hard,but let's do it...
Go to computer> C partition>Users ---- Your old user account should be stored here,open it and your deleted files might be stored here.
If they did a factory reset and it formatted first then it will be not on the same partition table anymore. Good place to check though.
Ok, im going to attempt to put every recoverable file recuva has found from my C drive onto my D drive (which has plenty of free space)
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09 Aug 2015   #6
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Your d drive is the same hdd though physically it is just has two partitions I mean you want to not put it on the same hardware. If it is all you have available then do it if not put it somewhere else as you might start over writing the stuff your trying to get with the stuff you do get, when you format it just tells the hdd that it can erase that space if it needs it, the space is not empty till it needs it so that's why your data can be found still to a degree. But if you start over writing those areas with the new data the old will become corrupt.
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09 Aug 2015   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I hadn't used Recuva anytime but you can try Glary Utilities portable version (run from a pendrive. You need not install it on your system which may overwrite the previously existing files) and check whether it does any better than Recuva . Glary Utilities Builds - Clean Registry, Fix PC Errors, Protect Privacy | Glarysoft

Check whether the files are shown as good and not overwritten. If good you can copy the files to other media. Not to be copied to the same drive. Screenshot of Glary Portable version here : how to recover Sys.reg?
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09 Aug 2015   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Personally, I would recommend using Active@File Recovery -- it's the best recovery software I've seen, and I've used most of them. The free version is limited in file size but the paid version is not very expensive and works great!
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10 Aug 2015   #9
watley94

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
Your d drive is the same hdd though physically it is just has two partitions I mean you want to not put it on the same hardware. If it is all you have available then do it if not put it somewhere else as you might start over writing the stuff your trying to get with the stuff you do get, when you format it just tells the hdd that it can erase that space if it needs it, the space is not empty till it needs it so that's why your data can be found still to a degree. But if you start over writing those areas with the new data the old will become corrupt.
I see what you're saying now. I took a more detailed look at the files that recuva found and narrowed down my search to files that aren't currently on my drive (copies from the restoration) and files that arent unrecoverable (no way to know just how many of my files fall under this category though). That left me with 2TB worth of data and i definetely don't currently have a drive that can hold that much space. Even if i did do the transfer, recuva doesn't seem to know the original file locations and it seems to not know the original file names of a lot of the files... Organizing my files 1 by 1 isn't practicable.. Im currently trying a different recovery program called active@file recovery, i think it has better organization skills then recuva, ill let you know. What do you think?
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10 Aug 2015   #10
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Okay, just make sure you recover whatever you do to another hdd as in a usb drive and not the same drive like before. EDIT: if the program asks you you should pick I recently reformatted. That is your best option in any program so that it knows it is a lost partition it is looking for.
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