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    Hi there,
    I have accidentally deleted some files off of a USB memory stick.
    Does anyone know of ways I may be able to recover it?

    Thanks and any help would be hugely appreciated!
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    Any advice please anyone?
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    (Original post by parmdeep18375)
    Any advice please anyone?
    How were the files lost? There may be a possibility of recovery depending on what happened. This is quite important, so do make sure you explain fully

    I'm now going to assume the files are recoverable.

    The first step is to not use that memory stick at all for any files until the old ones are recovered/you give up. The second is not to panic.
    Now, go to my computer -> right click on memory stick -> properties.
    In the box that appears, what does it say next to "File system:"
    (also, what operating system are you using?)
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    (Original post by Chrosson)
    How were the files lost? There may be a possibility of recovery depending on what happened. This is quite important, so do make sure you explain fully

    I'm now going to assume the files are recoverable.

    The first step is to not use that memory stick at all for any files until the old ones are recovered/you give up. The second is not to panic.
    Now, go to my computer -> right click on memory stick -> properties.
    In the box that appears, what does it say next to "File system:"
    (also, what operating system are you using?)
    Hi Chrosson,
    Thanks very much for your reply.

    I was trying to use winzip to create a .zip file from a bunch of pictures in the memory stick, but my computer is rather slow so it made it crash. I had to do ctrl+alt+del to close down winzip once it crashed. When I re-opened the USB stick, four out of the five folders containing JPEG pics had gone. The only one that remained was the folder for which I was currently viewing pictures from at the time.

    Next to file system it says FAT32.

    The operating system I am using is Windows XP Home Edition.

    Many thanks for your help and let me know if you require any more information from me.
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    (Original post by parmdeep18375)
    Hi Chrosson,
    Thanks very much for your reply.

    I was trying to use winzip to create a .zip file from a bunch of pictures in the memory stick, but my computer is rather slow so it made it crash. I had to do ctrl+alt+del to close down winzip once it crashed. When I re-opened the USB stick, four out of the five folders containing JPEG pics had gone. The only one that remained was the folder for which I was currently viewing pictures from at the time.

    Next to file system it says FAT32.

    The operating system I am using is Windows XP Home Edition.

    Many thanks for your help and let me know if you require any more information from me.
    Parmdeep
    Well, that's an inventive one, I give you that. I have no idea if the files are recoverable, but we can have a go.
    Go to http://www.piriform.com/recuva and download and install it.
    Follow the instructions at http://www.piriform.com/docs/recuva/...rd-wizard-mode (you should probably select 'other' just for completeness).
    DO NOT RECOVER THE FILES TO THE MEMORY STICK. Put them in a folder on your desktop or something.
    These instructions are a little light on the ground, so post back if you have issues.
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    (Original post by Chrosson)
    Well, that's an inventive one, I give you that. I have no idea if the files are recoverable, but we can have a go.
    Go to http://www.piriform.com/recuva and download and install it.
    Follow the instructions at http://www.piriform.com/docs/recuva/...rd-wizard-mode (you should probably select 'other' just for completeness).
    DO NOT RECOVER THE FILES TO THE MEMORY STICK. Put them in a folder on your desktop or something.
    These instructions are a little light on the ground, so post back if you have issues.
    Thanks very much for your reply.

    Quick question, is there a free trial of that Recuva download. Alternatively, is there another equivalent programme that is available for free?

    I don't really want to pay £20 that is all, but if I have to then I may consider it as I really would like to try to get these pictures back.

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    (Original post by parmdeep18375)
    Thanks very much for your reply.

    Quick question, is there a free trial of that Recuva download. Alternatively, is there another equivalent programme that is available for free?

    I don't really want to pay £20 that is all, but if I have to then I may consider it as I really would like to try to get these pictures back.

    Parmdeep
    It's actually free, that's a donate link. See here - http://www.filehippo.com/download_recuva
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    (Original post by Chrosson)
    It's actually free, that's a donate link. See here - http://www.filehippo.com/download_recuva

    OK, I have downloaded Recuva now. I have done a quick scan and it didn't find anything.

    I have now ticked the box to "enable deep-scan". It has been going for 10 minutes so far and has only done 1%. It says estimated time left is 8 hours. Is this normal? I guess if so I will have to leave my computer on overnight.
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    (Original post by parmdeep18375)
    OK, I have downloaded Recuva now. I have done a quick scan and it didn't find anything.

    I have now ticked the box to "enable deep-scan". It has been going for 10 minutes so far and has only done 1%. It says estimated time left is 8 hours. Is this normal? I guess if so I will have to leave my computer on overnight.
    Parmdeep
    Hm. I've never used recuva before so I don't know...ok, let's try moving onto tools I'm more familiar with but which may be less user friendly.

    Close recuva and see http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show...7&postcount=15 - step 1 is your case is "plug in your memory stick" and step 4 refers to your memory stick instead of a mini sd card. Everything else is relevant, if a little harder to follow.
    If this recovers no files then things look fairly hopeless, but I suppose you could let the deep scan run overnight.

    How big is your memory stick?
 
 
 
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