....a USB hard drive or SSD in an enclosure? If a USB flashdrive, where did you buy it? There's a lot of "Fake" USB flashdrives sold on EBay.
Hi to all, I have a little issue. I went on my HP laptop today and tried to access a very important folder with years of data that I really cannot afford to lose.
I transferred the data 4 days ago from a USB because I was planning to transfer it to a larger USB as I want to fit more things on the USB instead of carrying around 2 or 3. The folder contained so many precious family and friend photo’s such as weddings, Christmas, holidays, moments and other as well as video and projects I have been working on for years, word documents and countless other things that I can’t remember in order to even start to replace them. As I said it is years’ worth of things I have saved.
I understand with such important things you should back up which I usually do, but I figured I would transfer them to the laptop and run out the next day to buy a new USB, come home and put them on the new USB right away. I thought everything should be fine and did not expect an issue to come up so fast within a day or two. Nobody else uses the laptop but me, it is secured as well so that would be impossible. Something came up and I had to wait a couple of extra days before grabbing the new, larger USB. The next day I opened my laptop, on start-up I heard 8 or 9 short beeps. I was a little bit worried but also late for work so I opened CCleaner, then I “analyzed” and hit “fix selected issues” which I never had a problem with in the many years I’ve been using CCleaner so I don’t believe that is related to the issue. After words I headed off to work and hoped everything would be fine until the next time I could use the laptop… Murphy’s law.
The next time I opened the laptop, on start-up I got 5 short, loud beeps. I went to access my folder and the folder was no longer there, vanished completely. I immediately searched in the search bar for the folder and nothing even related popped up. I also tried searching for files within the folder but with no luck.
Also I then tried searching for information on Google and such to solve the issue. I tried one suggestion I found in order to fix the “hidden folders and files” problem that sometimes can occur on pcs but it did not help as that is not the issue. I was able to access the folder at first when I first transferred the information from the USB and then it just completely disappeared a day or 2 after.
I have been asking around but all I have been getting is sarcastic remarks or people saying you shouldn’t do that, back up, take it to a professional. That is obviously not an option or else I would not be posting to a site that is put up for such situations when people need help with computers. Money is very tight for me currently.
I understand if nobody can help otherwise…. Stating the obvious however does the opposite and I just thought I would give this one more shot in case somebody actually might be able to help or would also even be willing to help me in a very tough situation as I would be eternally grateful.
These family photos and memories are very important to not only me but my family as well.
Thank you so much, Vanessa.