Folder dissappeared, how to locate it if possible ?

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Stee41

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Hi all,
bit of strange one this, a desktop folder stored on the D drive has vanished, I cant locate it on any search, I then had a corrupted D drive, which I couldnt access without formatting so I did format the drive. The folder is very important and was suppsed to be backed up on a portable drive but isnt.
I downloaded disk drill to recover the files on the D drive, which it did but still not the folder Im looking for?, Im puzzled, any suggestions as to what has happened or how to try and locate the folder.
I know I have probably messed up and lost this but I will try anything, my wifehas lost 3 years of course work!
Thanks
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So your file was on D drive and then you formatted D drive...that file would be erased doing that.. Your portable drive is it a usb drive? If the folder is still on/in the portable drive,you can right click on that folder and then hit the .... restore folder option.. Also if your D drive was corrupted it could have/had some malware in it... If you backed up the folder to that portable drive it is possible that the portable drive has that malware in it as well.. I would scan the portable drive for malware first,if infected make sure you put that folder in question in quarantine for the time being so it may be restored..
 

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the drive you are trying to get files off is still in use which is always far from ideal.

if you only did a quick format, your data (whatever state that is) will still be there, only the boot record is creamed in a quick format.
try a program called Recuva by Piriform, but be aware, chances of recovery are slim and the process can take many, many, MANY hours.
and after all that, it may only bring back fragments of files which you have to stitch back together, so that only lends itself to text files really.

what type of files were stored in this folder?

and before someone else chimes in, and you would have already realised it yourself - your failure was not a lack of backing up, but a lack of verifying the data backed up and in not having multiple sets.
hell, we've all been there, but unless you go looking for random files in your backup set just for a warm fuzzy feeling, you really are putting a lot of unfounded trust in the process.
 

Stee41

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Hello

So your file was on D drive and then you formatted D drive...that file would be erased doing that.. Your portable drive is it a usb drive? If the folder is still on/in the portable drive,you can right click on that folder and then hit the .... restore folder option.. Also if your D drive was corrupted it could have/had some malware in it... If you backed up the folder to that portable drive it is possible that the portable drive has that malware in it as well.. I would scan the portable drive for malware first,if infected make sure you put that folder in question in quarantine for the time being so it may be restored..
Thanks for that, yeah I guess the D drive was corrupted as the pop up box told me that I was unable to access the D drive without formatting first, so I reluctantly did so. I thought the folder was backed up in the USB portable drive but wasnt, I really messed up. !!
 

Stee41

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the drive you are trying to get files off is still in use which is always far from ideal.

if you only did a quick format, your data (whatever state that is) will still be there, only the boot record is creamed in a quick format.
try a program called Recuva by Piriform, but be aware, chances of recovery are slim and the process can take many, many, MANY hours.
and after all that, it may only bring back fragments of files which you have to stitch back together, so that only lends itself to text files really.

what type of files were stored in this folder?

and before someone else chimes in, and you would have already realised it yourself - your failure was not a lack of backing up, but a lack of verifying the data backed up and in not having multiple sets.
hell, we've all been there, but unless you go looking for random files in your backup set just for a warm fuzzy feeling, you really are putting a lot of unfounded trust in the process.
Thanks for your input, I will give recuva a go, Ive got nothing to lose trying.
The folder was mainly made up of Office documents, and I fear the worst.
Cheers
 
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