Did copy/paste and undo but now files gone

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
April 18, 2010 at 13:19:51
Specs: Windows XP
From reading posts in forums that are set up to help troubleshoot computer problems, I've noticed that some responses to posts demonstrate that either not all information needed to troubleshoot the problem was provided or the responder didn't understand the problem or thoroughly read through the post to begin with.

I'm going to try and not make that mistake of not providing detailed information as to what happened.

And I hope that someone out there can read through this challenge and be deemed THE ULTIMATE PROBLEM SOLVER by explaining exactly what happened and finding a practical solution to recovering my missing files. =)

broken down to all the details:

1. I placed my Micro SanDisk card from my cell phone into an adapter that can be read by my SanDisk card reader.
2. I attached my SanDisk card reader to my computer.
3. Copied [ctrl-c] Folders 1 & 2 from SanDisk and pasted [ctrl-v] to Folder A on my computer
4. Went to Folder 1 that I just pasted in Folder A and opened its files one by one
5. Verified all files were pasted properly
6. Deleted contents of Folder 1 of SanDisk (did not delete Folder 1, just contents). Confirmed "Yes" to deletion.
7. Went to Folder 2 of SanDisk and cut contents [ctrl-x]
8. Before pasting the contents to a Folder B on my computer, I changed my mind
9. Went back to Folder 2 of SanDisk and hit ctrl-z to undo cut
10. But hitting ctrl-z did not undo the cut, instead it removed Folders 1 & 2 (the folders I just pasted) from Folder A on my computer
11. Assuming I must not have hit ctrl-x to cut contents of Folder 2, I wondered why ctrl-z didn't undo my last function which was deleting files from Folder 1 of SanDisk.
12. I looked in Folder 1 of SanDisk and nothing was in there.
13. Went back to Folder A, to see if Folders 1 & 2 were actually not there. They weren't.
14. Started to get concerned--where are the files and folders I pasted into Folder A?
15. I opened Folder 2 of SanDisk--the files I cut were in fact not there.
16. So I assumed I did in fact successfully cut those files. But why didn't ctrl-z undo the cut when that was the last thing I did?
17. Why did it undo the paste of Folders 1 & 2 into Folder A on my computer?
18. Or why didn't it undo the delete of contents of Folder 1 from SanDisk?
19. What is the logic behind all this?
20. I right-clicked Folder 1 of SanDisk and Folder A of my computer to see available functions
21. With both folders, I did not see undo cut or undo delete
22. I did see that Paste was available
23. I wondered to myself, would it paste the contents of Folder 2 or paste Folders 1 & 2 from step 3?
24. Before pasting, I checked the Recycle Bin just to see if somehow my missing files were there.
25. There were 3 items in there; none were these folders/files.
26. Also before pasting, I did research on a different computer to see what could have happened, why did ctrl-z remove my files from Folder A but not bring back files that were deleted from Folder 1 of SanDisk?
27. In my search, I found so many postings/issues online. It was hard to find one that matched my problem exactly.
28. I did a search to see if a Windows clipboard exists.
29. I did find a clipboard program and opened, Clipbook Viewer.
30. Before trying to figure out if this in fact is the tool I need to solve my problem or how to use it, I decided to retrace my steps to figure out if executing the paste would in fact paste Folders 1 & 2 from step 3.
31. After retracing steps, I figured there's a chance it would paste Folders 1 & 2 and its contents.
32. So I did the right-click again in Folder A and selected paste.
33. Folders 1 & 2 did in fact paste BUT THEIR CONTENTS DIDN'T--no files were in the folders.
34. It doesn't make sense; why would it paste the folders without its contents?
35. Where are my files?

Currently, I'm using another computer for this posting. I am trying not to touch the other computer so that I wouldn't accidentally overwrite my files that could possibly be retrievable in a clipboard.

So if someone could explain to me what happened and how to practically find my files, ESPECIALLY the files of Folder 1, I would rate you THE ULTIMATE PROBLEM SOLVER!

If you require more than that, let me know. I would really like to show my appreciation. =)

- BM

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April 18, 2010 at 14:08:46
None of your files are going to be in the clipboard.

I have to say that it sounds to me like a series of user errors, but anyway ...

Your best bet is to use a file recovery program to see if you can recover anything from the Sandisk drive.

File recovery programs to try:
PC Inspector (freeware)

Also free - Thanks to 'Emma Lee'
Glary undelete

Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs


Ontrack's 'Easy Recovery'

File Scavenger

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April 20, 2010 at 08:51:53
many choices. Thanks aegis 1.
I appreciate it!

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April 20, 2010 at 10:56:47
Happy to try and help, Bansari.
I've also seen 'Recuva' (http://www.piriform.com/recuva) recommended for Flash drives.
Good luck!

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