Where would deleted files be if not in recycle bin?

October 5, 2017 at 17:31:25
Specs: Windows 10
One file was delete from a folder and all the files in that folder disappeared, but they are not in recycle bin. Where might they be and are they still restorable?

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October 5, 2017 at 18:51:52

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October 5, 2017 at 21:20:09
When files are deleted they are not actually moved but the reference to where they are located is removed. When they cannot be restored through the recycle bin then software like that riider recommended above will search your drive for all files that are missing their reference and show them to you. There will be some common file types that will be recovered more easily than others and it is important NOT to save anything to the drive until after the recovery is completed because if you overwrite that location then the file is truly gone forever (unless in your back ups). ALWAYS have back ups for all important files, the more important the more back ups may be needed. Truly critical files need to be on at least three different media in at least two different physical locations.

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October 6, 2017 at 02:59:29
Fingers,

Can you elaborate on "some ... more easily than others" ?
I'm wondering why the file type would make any difference.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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October 6, 2017 at 07:07:14
If you can remember the name of any of them do a search. They may have moved elsewhere.

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October 6, 2017 at 15:57:39
Common file types like pictures, Word, Excel, PDF's and many more are very common and easier to recognize so they are easier to recover. Other file types that are less common (Autocad, proprietary forms, etc.) may not be recognized by all recovery programs so sometimes you may need to run more than one to get the most of them possible to be recovered.

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October 6, 2017 at 17:18:57
I didn't know that recovery programs pay any attention
to the file type. You are saying that they look inside the
file to determine the type? How do they use that info?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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