My son in law defragmented my simpledrive and all the information in the folders is gone! is there any way I can recover those files? 2 years worth of work and pictures!
Emergency file recovery requires more than the correct tool, though.
It requires knowing how file deletion occurs, and what
you have to do to maximize the chances of a successful
When a file is deleted from your computer, its contents aren’t
immediately destroyed. Windows simply marks the hard drive space as
being available for use by changing one character in the file table so
that the file entry won’t be displayed in My Computer or a commandline
DIR command, etc. If you manage to start an undeletion process before
Windows uses that part of the hard drive to write a new file, all you
have to do is set that flag back to “on,” and you get the file. Pretty
Obviously, the sooner you try to restore a file, the more successful
you’ll be. But stop a moment and think about the other things that could
cause this part of the hard drive to be overwritten. If your hard drive
is pretty full, the odds are much greater that Windows will grab your
precious unallocated space for its next write. Or, if you defrag the
hard drive, you run the risk of unused parts of the drive being
overwritten! (This also means that if you are running silent background
defrag services like Diskeeper, or if you have defrag utilities
scheduled to defrag automatically, you might get blindsided — lose your
chance at data recovery — if you don’t halt them until you have your
deleted file recovered.
Restoration is a freeware program by Brian Kato that
restores deleted files no longer in the Recycle Bin. The good news is
that it works not only on Windows 9x versions, but also on
Windows NT, 2000, and XP — even in NTFS! It fits neatly on a floppy,
since it is only 406 KB in size (and the Windows 2000/XP version is less
than half that size), but you can also run it from your hard drive. I
recommend you be prepared to use either option. Download it at http://www.aumha.org/downloads/restoration.exe
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