Recover deleted folders.

Posted on 2014-07-12
Last Modified: 2014-08-05
Dear All,
I was doing cut and paste a folder which contain 28 GB data and while in the process of moving some error came and I could not find any file on the destination folder. I need to recover those folders. I tried many recovery software but no on able to recover completely. Even if some software did it but what it does is merge all file into one folder. I need to recover according to folder tree. Please if someone know about any software, please provide the link.
Question by:ibu1
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    Accepted Solution

    Which software did you use? we use for our office the following software, they are really good

    List of others:
    Active File Recovery
    Active Partition Recovery
    Art Plus Digital Photo Recovery
    DiskInternals Partition Recovery
    EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional
    File Scavenger recovery
    Handy Recovery
    Iolo Search and Recover
    Magic Recovery Professional
    OnTrack Easy Recovery Professional
    PC Inspector File Recovery
    PC Tools File Recover
    Pen Drive data recovery
    Photo Recovery Genius
    Power Data Recovery
    R-Studio Data Recovery
    Runtime GetDataBack for NTFS
    Seagate FILE RECOVERY for Windows
    Sim Card Data Recovery
    Smart Data Recovery for USB Flash Drives
    USB Flash Drive Data Recovery
    WinMend Data Recovery
    Datanumen ntfs-undelete
    File Recovery recuva
    Getdata recovermyfiles
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    Expert Comment

    The first thing you have to do when needing to recover data, is to immediately stop using the disk on which the data to be recovered is on. If you don't stop using it, chances are high that the area used by that data gets overwritten either by the OS (windows writes to the disk all the time), or you by installing the recovery software etc.

    So first take the disk out of the PC and attach it as a 2nd disk to another PC. Then scan that disk using getdataback. It is by far the best recovery utility available, if it doesn't find your files other products won't find them either. Most products, as you mentioned above, also won't give you the original directory structure, but getdataback usually does (but not always). If it sees your files, register it so you can copy them to some other location.

    If your disk is an SD card or USB stick, then getdataback won't work. For that you'll have to use testdisk/photorec. But this software isn't easy to use but free, read the help files on the products' homepage. It also probably won't be able to recover the original directory structure.
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    Author Comment

    Hi Rindi,
    As this is the production server, is it OK to run while the disk is mounted and the shared folder are in use?
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    Assisted Solution

    No. All recovery options have to be done with the original OS not running. The data on a server that has a lot of read write access is even more likely to get overwritten. But on the other hand I'm sure you have backups, so why don't you just restore the data from your backups? That would be a lot easier, doesn't require down time, and is faster.
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    Author Comment

    Hi Experts,
    Actually I did some more copy on the drive where the files were deleted. I am able to recover some after using the software EaseUS Data recovery professional.
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    Author Closing Comment

    I will never forget to stop the read and write process onthe deleted hard disk as said by Rindi.
    Thanx Experts

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