Recover accidently deleted files

Hello, i need some help, because i accidentaly deleted a big part of my user folder (C:\Users\username) because i wanted to uninstall a program, i'd like to recover these files, i've tried some Third-Party Program called "Recuva" to recover my files, but i couldn't recover them, Windows tells me that i have no restore point, but i'm sure i have some restore point hidden somewhere, i need help, i have lost important files for work, thank you.

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I worry you used this HDD too much.

Let me detail how I recover and you can tell me if you used other methods.

When I get such a request I have the owner turn the power off on the PC so damage stops. Then we remove the HDD and install Recuva on a second PC. At that time we add the HDD from the PC we need to recovery files from and run Recuva on the second PC against that HDD.

If the owner installed Recuva on the HDD or PC then all bets are off and chances of recovery drop to zero.

Let's hear more.

Post was last edited on May 31, 2019 5:42 PM PDT

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Because Backing Up Important Files Is So Critical Here...

If such things happen, we simply load the backed up files onto the hard drive again. A number of years back, I dealt with a user that had an entire doctorate thesis accidentally deleted. Why he had no backup, I can't even imagine. Years worth of work, gone in a click. In his case, I recommended a professional file recovery company (Ontrac) and they were able to get it back. There was no guarantee though. It was pure luck since frequently, even the pros can't recover such things.

And unfortunately, System Restore doesn't save such files so having a restore point won't do you any good. If the files removed happen to be System Files, then yes, running "sfc /scannow" might bring some of them back. But since you stated all the files were in the /username" folder and you've been using the hard drive, any removed files have already been written over and are therefore gone. Sorry.

Hope this helps.


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Definitely connect the drive to a different computer

R. Proffitt is totally correct (he always is Happy ). Your best chance of recovering lost data from the drive is to remove it from the computer and connect it to a second computer. If you get an external hard drive case (about $25 i think) you can slide the drive into that case and connect the USB cord that comes with it into a spare USB port on the second computer. Then use Recuva or MiniTool Data Recovery Tool. Go here and scroll down to see the Free version on the left side of the page:

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While the computer is running, use 3rd party software in attempts to collect current, missing data, and have the recovered files sent to another physical drive, not the same drive or a different partition on the same drive. Disconnect from any networks if need be, and run the computer locally.

If the computer was turned off, avoid turning it back on, on the same computer. As an operating system reboot will likely shuffle files around.

Extracting the drive and connecting it to another computer may work, too, but may not yield the results you are looking for. Some operating systems will try and crunch data on connected drives which can move the deleted files around and therefore make it much harder for search & recovery options.

If the data is truly mission critical, then set immediate priority to get the data drive over to a trusted enterprise IT data recovery service.

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