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Please Help! Files Missing!

Postby Kumar Aditya on Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:52 am

I have a dual-boot system running Windows 7 RC1 and Linux Mint 7 "Gloria" RC1. Yesterday, I was moving a 3 GB folder from one of my mounted NTFS drives to another when the power suddenly went off. When I started my computer again, only the remainder of the files were present in the original directory but the folder was not visible in the destination directory in Linux.

It however was visible in Windows 7 but on opening it I got an error. I used CHKDSK to repair the filesystem and it made a number of repairs. But after that the folder vanished from even Windows. However, the disk space remained unchanged. I feel that the files are lost somewhere between the two drives. Please help me recover the files, I am at my wits' ends.
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Re: Please Help! Files Missing!

Postby DrHu on Tue Jun 30, 2009 11:25 am

Kumar Aditya wrote:I was moving a 3 GB folder from one of my mounted NTFS drives to another when the power suddenly went off.
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I feel that the files are lost somewhere between the two drives.

It got lost on windows source directory
http://www.pctools.com/file-recover/
http://www.bkfrestore.com/
http://www.stealthsettings.com/recover- ... stem-file/
http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-ti ... cel-files/
http://www.p-dd.com/
http://www.download32.com/data-file-rep ... 30270.html
you can try a recovery app to see if it can find the file and restore it

--unless you had a backup/restore point set (in windows ) you wont be able to retrieve/restore that file, and if you do have such a restore point/snapshot of the system, you will lose any changes made after that snapshot was taken
--if the application you created the file with has its own automatic saving feature, you might have the file elsewhere on the windows system..

That is the problem with backups
--most aren't live/continuous backups of active files
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Re: Please Help! Files Missing!

Postby nandemonai on Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:16 pm

Not so helpful after the fact but..

ALWAYS copy first then delete. Moving can be troublesome. As you now know.
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Re: Please Help! Files Missing!

Postby Fred on Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:59 pm

Kumar Aditya,

Try using the Mint live cd. Put it in the drive and reboot the computer to the Mint desktop of the live cd. Make sure your partitions are mounted and open the partition the files were on or where you were moving them to. Maybe, just maybe you might still have some or all of them.

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