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Old 04-27-2017, 09:41 AM   #1
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I had a folder in Documents with several subfolders and files in it. The folder is still there but there is no longer anything in it. I can't recall deleting it - I assume the folder wouldn't be there if\I had. I would have had to delete all the subfolders and files individually and I would remember doing that. My system restore only goes back to 2nd April and the date last modified was 23rd March. I have searched for the files and used Recuva - nothing. I use Priiform CCleaner on a weekly basis so its possible that if I deleted anything in eroor it would have been cleared out the next time I used CCleaner. Anybody have any suggestions to recover this folder - it had years of official docs on it that I need urgently.
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If you used the Cleaner in Ccleaner it might have deleted them. If you used the Registry Cleaner and requested the "Save" option, look for a recent file labeled cc(Etc.) and restore it.
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I'm fairly sure I didn't use Registry Cleaner but it could have been Ccleaner
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First look in the Recycle Bin. if you know the name of one of the sub folders in the directory, then try Searching for it. You can also try Recuva to search for accidentally deleted files.
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Recycle bin is empty and I've already used recuva
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Of course you shouild always back up your files, but you don't need us to tell you that. Since you still use XP, here's a few ideas: https://www.microsoft.com/resources/....mspx?mfr=true
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If you are using a laptop with a trackpad, it is possible that you may have ACCIDENTALLY dragged and dropped the folder(s) into another location! I don't have a light touch on a trackpad, so I DISABLE "tap to click" immediately on any machine I work with. Perhaps you are not finding the folder(s) because they have NOT been deleted, only misplaced. Worth a try doing a search if you know the name of the folder that is "missing."


I have a regular client who manages to do this at least once a week, but I cannot convince him to turn OFF "tap to click!"

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