Deleted a folder in Flash Drive (pc Powerpoints & Word)

Closed
gracejyong
Posts
4
Registration date
Wednesday December 28, 2016
Status
Member
Last seen
January 11, 2017
- Dec 28, 2016 at 11:54 AM
gracejyong
Posts
4
Registration date
Wednesday December 28, 2016
Status
Member
Last seen
January 11, 2017
- Jan 11, 2017 at 02:49 PM
Help! I accidentally deleted a folder on my flash drive containing an entire semester's worth of teaching preparation. There are many elaborate Powerpoint (pc) presentations with a lot of images, active links, and moving gifs. There are also many Word (pc) documents. There are also some videos. I wrongly selected/highlighted the folder and pressed the "Del" key. Ii already checked that the folder is not in my pc (Surface) Recycle bin. I immediately noticed my mistake and have not written anything new into the flash drive. Does anybody have any suggestions?

2 replies

xpcman
Posts
19532
Registration date
Wednesday October 8, 2008
Status
Contributor
Last seen
June 15, 2019
1,969
Dec 28, 2016 at 05:37 PM
Perhaps this free software can help. Just be swure to only insert the flash drive after you install the software:

https://www.easeus.com/data-recovery/deleted-recovery-software/free-deleted-folder-recovery-software.htm
0
gracejyong
Posts
4
Registration date
Wednesday December 28, 2016
Status
Member
Last seen
January 11, 2017

Updated by gracejyong on 29/12/16 at 02:23 AM
I haven't tried the Kroll Ontrack Easy Recovery Home software.

I did just purchase and try Ease US Data Recovery Wizard Professional 10.8 for $69.95. It was absolutely ineffective. First of all, it was unable to recover the newest version of the folder that I had saved. It did allow me to recover an older version of the folder in which out of ~ 200 files, it only managed to give me one Word file back that was normal. (This was the Word file I had most recently worked on- the Final Exam for the class). The rest of the files Powerpoints, Word files, and videos it recovered for me back were unuseable/corrupted, I could not open. I am really thinking about complaining and trying to get my money back; and also leaving very bad (honest) reviews all over the internet.
0
gracejyong
Posts
4
Registration date
Wednesday December 28, 2016
Status
Member
Last seen
January 11, 2017

Updated by gracejyong on 29/12/16 at 02:25 AM
Do I have a "lost partition" situation?
0
R2D2_WD
Posts
3606
Registration date
Monday September 1, 2014
Status
Member
Last seen
February 20, 2017
152
Dec 29, 2016 at 02:54 AM
Hi Gracejyong,

Unfortunately mistakes like this happen. The good news is that you haven’t used the flash drive, so the files may still be recoverable. Sadly, no data recovery software gives 100% chance of success. In fact, most of the tools read and recover only part of the information. You had a pretty unlucky experience with the used software. It is normal to have some files recovered but not readable. In your case the 100% success ratio is really low. Try with another tool. There are some free utilities that can show good results. Check the link below for some suggestions:
http://es.ccm.net/download/sistema-6

Hope this helps

0
gracejyong
Posts
4
Registration date
Wednesday December 28, 2016
Status
Member
Last seen
January 11, 2017

Jan 11, 2017 at 02:49 PM
Actually Ease US Data Recovery Wizard Professional 10.8 $69.95 worked better than what I stated above. Turns out I wasn't using the software correctly. I got help from them via a remote session and I got more files back (but still not all). Inconveniently, I had to go online with them at 8pm because their tech help is in China.

In conclusion for my situation, Ease US Data Recovery Wizard Professional 10.8 $69.95 worked better than Data Rescue PC3 $99 and Ontrack Easy Recovery $79.
0