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How do I retrieve lost CD data?

by Harv / August 20, 2005 5:11 PM PDT

I was 4 seconds into erasing a CD and aborted the operation, because I realized I had some information that I did not want deleted. When I opened the D drive, all the data on the CD was gone. There's no way everything on that disk could have been deleted in that 4 seconds. Is there any way I can retrieve the data? Sad

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Data Recovery Tools
by TONI H / August 20, 2005 8:15 PM PDT
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Files retrieved are not the ones I wanted.
by Harv / August 21, 2005 5:51 AM PDT
In reply to: Data Recovery Tools

Toni, thanks for your help. But, the files I retrieved aren't the ones I wanted. Now, I can't delete these files. Every time I delete one, it reappears as a copy of itself. How do I get rid of them? :|?

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The first thing an erase will do. . .
by Coryphaeus / August 21, 2005 7:46 AM PDT

is delete the TOC, Table of Contents. If the CD was not finalized, then the data is most likely corrupt. A format will delete what's left.

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Forgot to mention that the files are on my desktop. :(
by Harv / August 21, 2005 8:01 AM PDT

Now, they are my wallpaper. Sad Every time I delete one, another copy replaces it. So, now I have Copy 38 of a Copy, for example. How do I delete all of them without creating another clone? :|?

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Are they actually copies or shortcuts?
by TONI H / August 21, 2005 8:30 AM PDT

What version windows are you running?


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They are copies.
by Harv / August 21, 2005 6:28 PM PDT

For instance, they're labeled Copy (41) of Copy of Copy... When I delete them, another copy takes their place.

I'm using WinXP Home (Upgrade) Version.
You can get my pc set up by clicking on my name.

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First I would
by TONI H / August 22, 2005 3:47 AM PDT
In reply to: They are copies.

uninstall the recovery program you installed and see if the program itself removes the copies....if not, can you create a new folder on the desktop then move all the copies at once into that folder without creating new copies on the desktop?

If so, go to the command prompt of XP (Start/Programs/Admin Tools/Command Prompt and type


and press Enter. That should delete the whole folder and all contents, then empty the recycle bin.


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Took over 2 hours to move them into a folder.
by Harv / August 22, 2005 10:23 AM PDT
In reply to: First I would

But, the JPEG files have been deleted from my deskstop.
Thanks for the help. Happy

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