how can I recover a deleted folder within Windows 8.1?

Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

            I emptied my Recycle Bin last night and accidentally deleted a needed folder which was in it.  With that point in mind, is there a way I can recover this deleted folder and its files?  My operating system is Windows 8.1.

            Thank you

            George
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
Do you have System Restore enabled which would allow you to revert to a snapshot in time.
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello

            Unfortunately, I do not see it as an option within System Utilities of Windows 8.1.  I am not sure why I no longer see System Restore.  Is there a way of getting it back? I also clicked Start, Search, and typed in System Restore but failed to get any results or matches.  

            With respect to my original question, perhaps there is a third party program which can be installed to recover the deleted folder.  Do you have some recommendations if that option is to be utilized?

             Thank you

             George
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Raymond PengSystems EngineerCommented:
Sorry - try typing in the search 'Recovery' under control panel

Here are some common utilities:

https://www.piriform.com/recuva

an older thread:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Q_27652599.html#a37779582
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nobusCommented:
i recommend getdataback for this :  http://www.runtime.org/

i'm sure you know you should not use this disk -  and connect it to a working PC- on which you have installed GDB
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone

             I downloaded and installed Recuva from https://www.piriform.com/recuva.  This program found thousands of deleted files.  With such an overwhelming amount of files, I am curious if there is a way of customizing the search within this program to filter out the excess.  I do know the date at which the folder was deleted in addition to its name.

              With respect to System Restore, I was able to access it from within Control Panel and typing in Recovery at the search box.  Unfortunately, the two restore points which can be used goes back too far.  

               I have not tried to used Getdataback yet.  If this utility is used as an option, should I download and install it from a USB flash drive as opposed to the HDD which has the folder that needs recovery?

              Thanks

              George
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nobusCommented:
as i mentioned - you should not use that disk faor anything - not even booting - let alone install programs on.
and GDB will show you the folder structure, so it should be easy to find
install it on a nother PC - then attach your disk to be recovered
then run it - it is free for that -  and look if it shows your data
you only pay for saving
it is by far the best software for this
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Morning Nobus

             Thank you for correcting some misconceptions I had originally regarding your post.  After reading your last comment, I am on track of where I need to be.  At this point though, I would like to ask a follow up but related question to this post.  With respect to folder structure, I am assuming GDB will display all of the properties of the folders and files on the disk to be recovered which would include name of the deleted folders and files in addition to any special attributes like size and file attributes.   Are these conclusions drawn from your last comment correct?

              George
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nobusCommented:
yes that's correct, they show like windows folders in explorer
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

              Thank you for your suggestions and resourceful links to the nice utilities.  While all of the suggestions were certainly good ones, I decided to go with GetDataBack as recommended by nobus.   Using the tips given by nobus along with the downloaded training video for this program on YouTube, I am confident I will have much success from GetDataBack.  The interface of this program is very easy to follow and understand too.  As such, I probably will not even need the tutorial video on YouTube.  Just in case though, I will be keeping this link.

               Have a great night everybody.

              George
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nobusCommented:
tx for accepting my input George.
i hope you get all you need
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GMartinAuthor Commented:
My pleasure : - )   As always, thank you for your past and continued guidance with my technological concerns.  
Have a great rest of the day.

George
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