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How to recover files lost after cut and paste

Dec 15, 2010 2:46PM PST

Need Help on this issue.
I transferred 2GB worth of images (my son's baby snaps) to a USB flash drive by cut and paste method. Unfortunately the USB flash drive crashed when i tried to use it again. So I've lost all my photos.

I tried using Recuva software to recover them on my Hard Disk but nothing turned up. Probably because I cut and paste them.

a) Is there any other software / method that i can still try ?

b) My friend suggested sending the USB Flash Drive to FlashDrivePros or DriveSavers and they could recover the data. Has anyone used their services?


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Re: lost photo's
Dec 15, 2010 4:20PM PST

Recovery from the USB-stick (if it can be done by a data recovery company) seems best. What, by the way, is a crash of a USB-stick? Did you try it on another PC?

This, once again, shows that having one copy only of data you don't want to lose, is not enough. There's nothing wrong with copying the pics to a USB-stick to show them on your friend or parents PC. That's what USB-sticks are excellent for. But it's wrong to delete them immediately from your hard drive and suppose they will be forever on that USB-stick.
The mantra: backup, backup, backup.


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Dec 15, 2010 5:40PM PST

Thanks Kees for the reply.

Tried the USB Flash Drive on Multiple PC's but it didn't work and the best part is that the USB Flash Drive was absolutely new. Bought it and used it just this week.

So recommending the Data Recovery Company. Any review about them ?


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Try a recently recommended one
Dec 15, 2010 8:01PM PST
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Dec 15, 2010 9:51PM PST

Thanks Mark.

Wasn't able to download it though. Something wrong with the link. Will keep trying Happy

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Dec 16, 2010 3:58AM PST
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Re :
Dec 19, 2010 2:23AM PST

Thanks but it isn't working...
Can you send it to me by mail ?

My email id is

Appreciate it.


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What isn't working?
Dec 19, 2010 3:36AM PST

What didn't work?

About your email address. It's not wise to post email addresses into public forums. Spam bots trawl such forums looking for email addresses to send spam to.


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Did you try to find them
Dec 16, 2010 8:49AM PST

on your hard drive? If you deleted them maybe they are in the recycle bin? Or if you haven't done much on your computer maybe they can be recovered on your hard drive.

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(NT) N/T Sorry missed that part of your post.
Dec 16, 2010 8:51AM PST
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Recover deleted files
Dec 17, 2010 2:56PM PST
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Dec 19, 2010 2:25AM PST

Will try it out and come back to you.

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Avoiding loss of files
Dec 17, 2010 4:52PM PST

It is not a solution for your actual problem but:
if you are working with important and unique data, NEVER cut and paste but do COPY and AFTER that action is done (and succeeded) you can delete the files from the source if you like. By doing so you will allways have the source file to try to do the transfer again if something goes wrong.It just takes one step more(deleting) but I have learned my lesson in the past.....

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Re :
Dec 19, 2010 2:58AM PST

Yup me too...Learnt this lesson the hard way.
As the saying goes...Once Bitten , Twice Shy !

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recover lost files
Dec 18, 2010 4:26PM PST

My wife once copied to USB flash drive using a USB extension cable from her computer to the flash. Than the flash drive would not work without the extension. Crazy, but . . .

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Dec 19, 2010 3:00AM PST

It's as if they have a mind of their own...

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USe data recovery software
Dec 21, 2010 6:25PM PST

Professional Data Recovery service charges a lot of amount for recovering data, If u can afford dat much sum of money u can google for some good data recovery service company around ur neighbourhood. You can also try some Data Recovery Software. There are some free software available u can search them on google but I do not believe in free software as it will end up messing my computer with virus and spywares and whether it recovers your data intact or not is not guaranteed there are chances that u end up loosing your precious data. So I look for cheap and good software. For recovery software, I bought one before called Kernel for FAT and NTFS, good thing is that it's one time payment and then it allows me to use forever. Take a look if you do not mind paying to get back your data, U can also download d trial version from and follow the steps:

1. Install the software on ur computer.
2. Connect the Drive to computer.
3. select the drive(usually G or H for USB) , click Start. Now the scanning process will start to search the deleted files. After a while you will then get a list of recoverable files.
4. Press Recover to perform full recovery.
Using trial version u can preview d data recovered but to save it u hav to purchase the software

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WHAT is a crash of a USB-stick?
Dec 21, 2010 7:10PM PST

Kees asked you, "What, by the way, is a crash of a USB-stick? Did you try it on another PC?"

You answered, "Tried the USB Flash Drive on Multiple PC's but it didn't work and the best part is that the USB Flash Drive was absolutely new. Bought it and used it just this week."

What do you mean by "it didn't work"?

If what you mean is that it doesn't show up when you plug it in, that is something that you can fix. However, it is rare that it wouldn't show up on multiple PC's.

If you are not getting a drive letter, if THAT is the problem, then follow the steps below:

1) Right-click on My Computer
2) Manage
3) Disk Management
4) Scroll down on the bottom panel until you see your flash drive
5) Right-click on the drive and choose, "Choose Drive Letter and Paths..."
6) Assign a drive letter

HINT) On one of my flash drives, I assigned it to drive Z, and I did that on each of my computers. On my next one, I assigned it to drive y on each computer. Then, on my external hard drive which I have partitioned into 3 drives, I have it assigned to drives u, v, and w. What that does is it makes it so each time I plug it in, it would always have the same drive letter and that letter is never re-assigned for anything else.

If you have turned off your computer, even just once, since you made that cut and paste job, then I don't think you can ever recover the files, nor would the expensive data recovery service be able to, and that is especially true if you have defragmented your hard disk. Next time you need to transfer files from one disk to another, use Copy/Paste, and then Delete--because of what just happened to you. It's not always safe to use the cut/paste method because if something goes wrong with the "copy to drive", then it is erased from the "from drive" and you cannot always retrieve the data.

I hope that it is just the USB drive not registering and that all you need to do is to assign a drive letter. Just follow the steps above and that will fix it.

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Check hard drive again
Dec 23, 2010 11:32PM PST

You should be able to recover the files from your hard drive. As you noticed, when you cut and paste, nothing is put in the recycle bin. However, if you are going between two different drives, the files aren't actually "moved"; they're copied and deleted. The moved files are still on your hard drive until overwritten by another file. I'm not familiar with Recuva, but a recovery tool that will do a full hard drive scan and can find permanently deleted files should work. Also, do not use your computer at all. The deleted files might still be there in the drive's free space, but can be easily overwritten by another file. Once this happens, there will be nothing to recover.