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Windows 7: How to Recover Deleted Folders

21 Dec 2018   #1

Windows 7 Professional x32bit
How to Recover Deleted Folders

Hello -

I'm using a Dell 755 with Win 7 Ult 64-bit OS, The other nite I accidentally deleted some needed folders.
I tried the windows recovery process - no help. Not even sure that was meant for data files anyway.

I was concerned about running unknown recovery software on this PC so I used a spare unit & downloaded the free version of Active Uneraser by LSoft Technologies. Created a copied folder, did a permanent delete and then ran Uneraser. It (at first) did 'find' the *named* folder - and identified it as a folder.

Note that this spare PC only had a single partition C drive and you don't want to 'recover' to the same partition. So, I targeted a new folder in another PC in the home group. When I did the unerase function, it did a write to the target PC BUT it did so as a FILE, not a folder. The contents were trash. Tried it several more times and eventually it failed to display the proper folder name (labelled it 'New Folder') but never wrote it successfully. Perhaps this failure was due to not saving it to the local PC (could have tried a jump drive but didn't).

I've seen and read about 'Recova'. Seems to have a decent reputation.

So, can anyone either comment on Recova or some other TESTED AND RELIABLE program?

Will appreciate any help.


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21 Dec 2018   #2
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit

Hello N4hmr-

Did you look in the Recycle Bin?
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21 Dec 2018   #3

Windows 7 Professional x32bit
How to Recover Deleted Folders

N/A. They were 'permanently' (hope not) deleted.
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21 Dec 2018   #4

Windows 7 Professional x32bit
How to Recover Deleted Folders

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21 Dec 2018   #5
wither 2

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit

I've never used Recova but it appears to be a very good tool. Probably costs some bucks to recover the files.

In another forum, some people have said that this software (also not free)-

Recover My Files - Free download and software reviews - CNET

is pretty effective.
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23 May 2019   #6

win7 64bit

Try Disk Drill, it recovered some overwritten files for me, which is a worse scenario than a simple delete. It is free up to a certain MB size, afterwards there is a fee--but you get to see what can be recovered first.
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