Reconstruct lost Video files of our trip?

April 19, 2011 at 04:17:57
Specs: Windows XP
I just come back from our anniversary trip with my wife. However, I discover that I lost my small bag, which contained a SD card and a usb external flash drive of the recorded video. I think I've left the bag in the bus.

In the hotel, I directly "CUT and PASTE" our video files from the SD Card to the USB exteral flash drive without saving the files into my portable computer (Window XP) (because of not enough space over internal harddisc).

Now, I have the following question.

1. Was it possible that during the process of "Cut and Paste" from SD card to USB exteranl flash drive, there were some video files left behind in my portable computer, so I can recover them now?

2. By means of the USB exteral flash drive, we watched the video through Quicktime in the hotel. Was it possible that Quicktime has cached the video files somewhere in the computer so I can recover them now?

Grateful for your help

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April 19, 2011 at 04:44:20
They would have been temporally cached on the PC while you copied them and while you viewed them but the chances of those cache files still being in existence is very remote. They would have been deleted almost as soon as they were finished with.

Depending how much time and effort you are prepared to put into it it may be possible to recover some of the video that is still sitting on the hard disk waiting to be overwritten in the same way as you might recover a deleted file but I wouldn't hold out much hope. The fact the the hard disk is short on space lessens the chance of recovering anything.

I would try and find someone that knows their way around the internals of a PC and has a good idea of where to look. In the meantime, don't use the PC. The more the PC is used the less the chances of recovery.


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April 22, 2011 at 05:30:00
Do you indicate "Virtual Memory" of the computer?

Thank you for your help.

Looking forward to your assistance,


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April 22, 2011 at 08:25:52
You can forget about "Virtual Memory". Virtual memory gets wiped every tome the computer boots.

There is nothing I can do other than point you in the right direction. If the files are to be recovered it needs someone sat in front of the computer that knows what they are doing.


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