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Katrina
Katrina

enthusiast
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 6th May 2004
Total posts: 352
Posted:Ok, not entirely relevant to anything but I REALLY desperately need some help.

I was trying to free up some space on my computer as it's working really slowly so I uninstalled a program out of my main (very important) directory. Anyhow, it's uninstalled not just the program but my entire directory. It's not been put into my recycle bin and I really need to get the info back. Does anyone know how to do this? Please.... ubbcrying


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TuTuMan
TuTuMan

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Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Member Since: 7th Jul 2004
Total posts: 139
Posted:you used an uninstalling program or did you delete it manually?

Not to worry TuTu is here to save you..

If you used an uninstall program there isnt really anything you can do through your computer to restore it. If you wanted the information back you would have to bring your harddrive to a data recovery place and they (possibly) could recover the data. But that costs alot of money. If you deleted it manually you can right click on the recycleing bin and clikc "restore" and it will be back.

Let me know what you did


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vanize
vanize

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Austin, Texas
Member Since: 21st Aug 2001
Total posts: 3899
Posted:ok, go search the web for a file recovery program. there is a good one from a german software place that is free - sorry I can't remember the name right now - that really saved my ass once.

I'll try to dig up the name for you...


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Katrina
Katrina

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Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 6th May 2004
Total posts: 352
Posted:[censored] [censored] [censored]. I used a [censored] uninstall [censored] program. Looks like I'm [censored]!

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TuTuMan
TuTuMan

Mushroom Fueled Frenzy
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Member Since: 7th Jul 2004
Total posts: 139
Posted:hug Im sorry hug

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mo-seph
mo-seph

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Location: Edinburgh, UK
Member Since: 24th Feb 2004
Total posts: 524
Posted:Not necessarily...
When you delete stuff, it doesn't really erase the data, it just forgets that it put it there, so there's a chance your files are still kicking about. If you google for "undelete" or "file recovery" and whatever version of windows you've got, you should find a whole load of software designed to fix exactly your problem. I can't recommend any good or free ones, I'm afraid, cos I don't use windows.

The important thing is to do as little as possible to your computer in the meantime - all your files are still sitting there, but you're computer has forgotten about them, so if you write a new file or move things around, it thinks that part of the disk is free, and could overwrite them.

I can't really help more than than, but the less you do to it before you try and recover the files the better.

Good luck!

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Katrina
Katrina

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Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 6th May 2004
Total posts: 352
Posted:Thank you guys. I've managed to get about 2 thirds of the stuff back which is a huge relief. I'll just hope the things it couldn't save weren't too important. Cheers for the help! biggrin

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Madam Flame
Madam Flame

Satisfying HOPs Lust For Fire
Location: Salem, Oregon
Member Since: 23rd Jul 2004
Total posts: 308
Posted:If you're working on a pc, try this. go to your Start menu, then click on RUN. This will bring up a small window. Type in msconfig & click OK. This will bring up a larger window with tabs at the top, this make take a fwe minutes depending on how slow your computer is. Once there make sure that the GENERAL tab is chosen & at the bottom you'll notice two buttons, click on LAUNCH SYSTEM RESTORE then another window will pop up. choose RESTORE MY COMPUTER TO AN EARLIER TIME this will bring up a little calendar which you can go back usually a month by. Choose a dat about 3 or four days earlier than when you deleted this directory, click on it(on the calander) then click on NEXT & follow the instructions. You'll have to start your computer & when you do a message window will come up. Click in the little box so a check mark appears & click ok. This should restore your computer to how it was on an earlier date. If you've installed any programs recently you may have to reinstall them. Hopefully this will work. Good luck!

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