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Folder disappeared!

I was doing a manual backup by dragging and copying to an external HD as we've been having issues with my clients backup plans.  I was dragging a folder and realized I didn't have the folder I wanted open so dropped it back on itself so it wouldn't copy or move to the wrong folder.  It then disappeared.  I have done a search of the computer and can not find it.

I desperately need your assistance as I am sick to my stomach and very concerned I have lost a very important folder.  I still need to check the working backups to see if he did select it for backup.

I look forward to your response.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
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You can undo last operation (if that was last operation)?
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Thanks Predrag Jovic Won't work...computer has been restarted.

I have done this a million times without issue.  Any ideas of what happened and where the folder went.  It simply disappeared with no notice at all.
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Hi Joe - thanks for the suggestions.

I already looked in the recycle bin...he keeps it empty

View already shows hidden files, folders and drives.
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I wish...looked there...I will triple check.
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> manual backup by dragging and copying to an external HD

What product did you use to do this? Windows Explorer? Windows Backup? A third-party file manager?
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Nope...my search earlier found an old copy of the folder but not the one that disappeared.  I found a backup of it in Backup and Restore from 9/25/15.  If all else fails I may have to try and restore that one.  Thankfully it was included in that backup.
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> manual backup by dragging and copying to an external HD

What product did you use to do this? Windows Explorer? Windows Backup? A third-party file manager?

Windows Explorer
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Thanks Predrag Jovic and Joe,
     I have thoroughly searched the files on the computer to no avail and also used the search function.  My next step was to try a third party file manager...I will wait to get the computer here physically as I am working with a remote situation now.
     Luckily the computer is not in use so I may have a chance!
Thanks,
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BillDL thanks for the suggestion.  I am testing it on my computer and find the program finds files not folders...running the command prompt to  what it finds.

I will try recuva then Total Commander if recuva doesn't turn up anything.

Thanks for your assistance.
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Okay...the only problem I am having is that recuva shows files that have been deleted...not an entire folder.  It could find files that he wanted deleted and I wouldn't know which ones to reinstall.

I need to find the entire folder not individual files.

BillDL the command prompt still says "Press any key to continue..."  No results as of yet in searching for a folder I know exists.

Backup and restore may be my best choice.

Thoughts?
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recuva found no deleted files from the missing folder.

Attempting a recovery from Backup and Restore.
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Did not find the Folder.

Gave points for good ideas.

Best tip...Right click-Copy and Paste

What worked...recovered from backup.

Thanks everyone!
Mags
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> What worked...recovered from backup.

Good to hear! You're welcome. Happy to have tried to help. And thanks to you for the points. Regards, Joe
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