September 7, 2009 at 1:59 pm #28789darcParticipant
I had to do a system restore on my laptop and now I have lost all contents I had saved i.e music and photos. I need some help as to where it is and how to retrive it all.September 8, 2009 at 1:36 am #32413MitzKeymaster
System Restore should not delete any files. I have some questions for you...Did you use discs to restore your computer to its original state? If you answered yes to this then you have formatted your computer and most likely lost your files. If not then...What did you click on to start system restore?What operating system are you using?Why did you need to use system restore?December 9, 2009 at 5:35 pm #32414rodrickParticipant
What did you click on to start system restore?December 29, 2009 at 10:34 am #32415karen25Participant
Yea actually it should not delete anything if you did system restore.December 29, 2009 at 10:42 am #32416DSTMParticipant
Hi Karen. It's quite simple to get back any files that were Deleted.One problem is the amount of time you have been using your Computer,since your Files were deleted.There is a chance some files could have been written over.Download RECUVA and it will recover every File you haveDecember 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm #32417MitzKeymaster
wow if thats true then i better stop visiting those naughty sites..File recovery software can be useful, but its very haphazard with its success rate. Recuva and other tools like it will certainly recover many files which have accidentally been deleted, and the more recently they were deleted the better. When you delete a file in windows, it isnt actually deleted. Its removed from the index, which means that Windows will just pretend its not there. There it willl remain until Windows needs the space on the disc where the file was located, and, pretending its not there, overwirtes it with some other data.A police forensics expert can, using specialised software and techniques, dig under the top layer and find the overwritten data.. sometimes.. but Recuva and other software such as that will only be able to recover files which havent already been overwritten.. hence the higher success rate in finding files that were recently deleted, as Windows hopefully hasnt overwritten them yet. Of course, its also possible for Windows to have been using space elsewhere, and files from months or years ago still being available. Its just less likely.Its a shame darc doesnt seem to have returned so we could have got some more information, I have never heard of Ssytem Restore deleting files before, so it would have been interesting to figure out what actually happened.
Mitz from Tips4pcDecember 29, 2009 at 1:49 pm #32418karen25Participant
Thanks DSTM that really helps to understand and that should solve the problemJanuary 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm #32419okidoquiParticipant
Thanks for sharing this information about system restore, I found this information really helpful as well as informative. Keep sharing more such posts.
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