Solved I Think I Lost All My Family Pictures and Videos. HELP

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March 11, 2013 at 13:00:28
Specs: Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, AMD FX(tm) Eight Core Processor 3.10 GHz / 8.00 GB
Here is what happened....

I wanted to upgrade the OS of the computer that had all my family pictures and videos on it, so I hooked up that HDD as a slave drive to another computer and transferred all my pictures and videos to the other computers master HDD. Then I put the HDD back in the original computer that I wanted to upgrade and upgraded to Windows 8. I then hooked the HDD back up to the other computer that has all the pictures and videos on it and transferred them back and even browsed through a bunch of files after the transfer was complete to make sure everything was OK, but when I put the HDD back in the other PC the files are magically gone! What happened?!??! I'm panicking right now and have no idea what went wrong. Please help.

The other computer that I transferred everything to also has Windows 8, but is BitLocker enabled. Not sure if this makes a difference or not. Please help.

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March 11, 2013 at 18:00:23
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I would like to start by saying that when Windows "Deletes" files, they are not deleted from the drive surface, they are just marked as free space.

Disconnect the computer from the internet, and do NOT copy anything to the hard disk. Windows updates / ANYTHING new on the hard disk could be written over your old pictures.

I would also like to mention that if these files mean that much to you, you may want to seek professional advice on this.

The instructions below I have generally had success with, but I stress that this method of recovery is very dependent on how much the hard disk has been used since then.

1) You will need to get an external hard disk to recover the files to. This is to prevent overwriting un-recovered files with recovered one's.

2) Using another computer, download Recuva portable onto a usb flash drive.

3) On either or both of the computers, run the "recuva" executable. The wizard will then appear.

4). You will have to run the program twice, once for pictures and once for video's.

5) When the wizard asks where to look, select "In a specific location" and point to where the pictures were last stored.

6) Once the wizard has completed, copy the pictures/video's to the external hard disk. If the wizard does not find anything, you may need to try again with deep scan enabled.

I hope that this can help you recover those files, and please remember to back them up in future.

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March 18, 2013 at 13:14:21
Thanks for the reply. Recuva was able to recover some files, but not all. Something is better than nothing though :) Thanks for the help.

I will be backing everything up on the SkyDrive now.

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