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I,ve lost four thousand pictures

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    I,ve lost four thousand pictures


    Hi there, I,ve just lost nearly four thousand pictures...

    I thought I had duplication in my computer as I saw Pictures/My pictures and Pictures/My pictures, so I deleted the first one, and I couldn't stop it, the computer deleted all within 4 seconds. I tried to find them in the Trash, but there was only older stuff, about 300 pictures. I kept searching... and when I emptied the Trash, could see on the screen: it deleted more than 4 thousand pictures....
    How can it be possible? Where are my pictures then?

    In the last two weeks my windows 8 really made me unhappy, loosing the mouse, loosing the keyboard, loosing the internet, when I was doing my home work. The "know how" couldn't help me I was told by them to do factory settings, I,ve done it, took about 5 hours + 5 hours to make the "new" computer work....

    Can be the problem, that I have renamed the Trash????? Is it worth to upload those pictures to the computer again? (As they are still in a memory stick )

    Please talk to me in basic English, if it is possible, thank you


    Other problem:
    After that factory settings my computer is not able to import pictures from my Nokia C3... It stops after some pictures, asks and I click: skip all pictures with problems- but at the end there is no new picture has come over. Probably it skips all, as it has already uploaded them... but I didn't find. Until I get back the other thousends of pictures, I cant search also.
    Can anyone help me???
    Thanks
    Judyt

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    You can try Recuva and see what it finds. Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
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    Alternatively, you can also try this:

    Libraries - Restore Default - Windows 7 Help Forums
    This will recerate the library structure you may have altered by deleting a library folder by mistake

    Thereafter, just upload the pictures again from your USB stick

    As mentioned by Oboedad55, Recuva is another possible option but I have only found any trash recovery method useful when attempting to recover a select few files; however, I believe that any attempt to recover 4,000 images, without some being damaged and/or non-recoverable, might result in you having to review each image for quality assurance. Good luck and hope our suggestions help you get back on your feet again!
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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Last year I erased an external disk and used Recuva. It found all my pictures and some videos plus some I had erased in the past. It is best to recover to another disk so you don't overwrite anything during recovery.

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Last year I erased an external disk and used Recuva. It found all my pictures and some videos plus some I had erased in the past. It is best to recover to another disk so you don't overwrite anything during recovery.

    Jim

    Wow! It never worked that well for me. In fact, it still doesn't work that well for me as exhibited by this test run:

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    Don't install or write anything to the hard drive until you recover your files. If you can install any recovery programs to another drive.
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    Covington, La
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    Recuva can't help if the files were overwritten.

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    Recuva can't help if the files were overwritten.

    Jim
    I certainly understand that. And now the OP does as well. However, I don't get all the recommendations to attempt a recovery of 4,000 image files from the trash when she has a complete backup sitting on a USB stick.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Sometimes when you delete a mass of files, it will inform you that it cannot put them into the recycle bin. With windows 8 it is even more ambiguous, because by default there is no confirmation on the delete command, so it would have deleted the whole batch permanently if it was more that 8 GB of files.

    Best bet is to do what others have said, don't touch the drive, and connect the drive to another system, use Recuva to get them back. Point Recuva to the "my pictures" folder and hopefully it will find them without a deep scan. Then choose all of the deleted files and restore them to another drive.

    You can also use Hirens boot cd, boot to mini xp and Recuva will be in the hirens programs section. That way you would not have to disconnect your drive, you can restore them to some other place on the drive
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Sometimes when you delete a mass of files, it will inform you that it cannot put them into the recycle bin. With windows 8 it is even more ambiguous, because by default there is no confirmation on the delete command, so it would have deleted the whole batch permanently if it was more that 8 GB of files.

    Best bet is to do what others have said, don't touch the drive, and connect the drive to another system, use Recuva to get them back. Point Recuva to the "my pictures" folder and hopefully it will find them without a deep scan. Then choose all of the deleted files and restore them to another drive.

    You can also use Hirens boot cd, boot to mini xp and Recuva will be in the hirens programs section. That way you would not have to disconnect your drive, you can restore them to some other place on the drive
    Sorry to disagree with you on this one but her "safest" bet is to simply upload all of her "known to be good" files from her USB stick AFTER she has repaired her library structure. I'm also surprised that nobody ever bothered to ask the OP if she did any additional deletions after the 4,000 images were deleted. Moreover, if she has a reasonably fast USB stick, she could have already been done uploading those images. Also, the OP asked for an explanation in plain English and you are attempting to get her to use Hiren's boot CD?
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