Recover Deleted Files from External Hard Drive?


I'm new here and not technologically savvy. Anyway, my ex-spouse stole my external hard drive and had it in his possession for over six months. He has just returned it but I'm certain files have been deleted from it. Is there anyway to tell if files have been deleted, when they were deleted and to recover them? We are going through contentious divorce proceedings. Thanks in advance..

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External hard drive

My ex just returned it to me. I just wanted to know if you could determine if files had been deleted and recoverable before advising my attorney.

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your attorney should be doing the advising

your attorney should be doing the advising. anything you do could be inadmissible.

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Re: drive

If you do anything yourself with that disk, the legal value will be near zero, because every lawyer will try to show that you fabricated the evidence. Too easy by using his username and setting the time to a date that he had possession of it. And impossible to disprove.

If you think there's incriminating stuff, have a certified forensic expert look at it.

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You would NOT touch the drive

If it has any bearing on a case. That's no, never and not done.

ALL drives will show deleted files. That's an easy yes to that question. It would not show intent at all.

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You must tell your attorney before you touch the drive or even plug it in. He or she will know whether it is relevant to your case and if so, how best to proceed.

After discussing it with him/her, if it has no bearing on the case, then, as Bob suggests, Recuva will scan the drive, identify any deleted files, the dates they were deleted and whether they are restorable or damaged.

It does serve to remind us all that we should back up even external drives as well as our primary systems.

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Retrieve the missing data from external hard drive

If your divorce proceedings is over, you will need to retrieve the missing data from external hard drive. I suggest you try professional data recovery software or ask for help from a professional data recovery agency.

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