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4GB of data lost - URGENT HELP NEEDED!!!

by kevin_476 / January 31, 2007 12:45 PM PST

My brother recently deleted one of my folders (accidentally) containing about 4Gb worth of stuff. About 3 quarters of it is from sites that have closed down and some from a mail-list that doesn't keep archives of files they send.

What I need is a program to recover the lost files WITH the directory/file-structure intact.

I found one program called 'ADRC_Data_Recovery_Tools_v1.0' which says it does just that, I put it on C:\ (the deleted stuff is on E:\) and it has found 10,000+ deleted files on C:\ but when I ask it to check E:\, it just finishes the search instantly and there are no results (no error message either).

Now, I also found a program called 'Restoration V3.2.13' which has found over 140,000(!) deleted files on E:\ but it can only recover individual files, not the folder/directory structure as well.

Anyway, any help would be appreciated, otherwise could someone point me to either a free program that can recover deleted files & folders with the directory/folder structure intact, or a forum that deals with deleted files and the like.

* I've just used 'Turbo File Uneraser' to do a simple scan only and it comes up with : "ERROR: Couldnot read MFT Record 912571"

** P.S. I've got like a day and a half to fix this so a prompt reply would be greatly appreciated.
** And if someone does know either how I can get the stuff back or another free program I could use could you either PM me or email me at 'nameless_one2@hotmail.com'

Thanks in advance,

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Re:4GB of data lost - URGENT HELP NEEDED!!!
by logan_657 / January 31, 2007 3:58 PM PST

This is really a horrible case caz loosing 4GB of data is not a joke. I guess you need help from recovery labs. You can search this forum to fins some other DIY data recover program or lab. I'm not aware of any free DR program, which is worth to consider. Most of them are not that expensive to start with and based on the try before you buy concept. But I recently came across a Lab called SAlvageData Recovery Lab Inc. I would suggest to give them a shot?If you wish you can call them at 1 203-973-0242. I hope you get ur crucial data back.

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by Kees Bakker / January 31, 2007 4:09 PM PST

Useful things if you have your data back:

1. BACKUP. Thinks like this are exactly why we do this.
2. Use the XP Pro file access restrictions to give only yourself access to this folder (so you're the only one to blame if they are deleted).
3. Put the folder inside your own My Documents and mark them private (that can be done with XP home also), so you're the only one having access to them (not even an administrator can do it than).

It's a good thing these data are on a separate drive. That makes recovery much easier.

Hope this helps.


Kees

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