Backed up files on hard drive but cant find my movies, how can i retrieve?

By Caseylee_jc ·
Hi, My H.P Laptop was having problems last night, so basically i did a full back up (whilst in safe mode) to my external hardrive, and then proceeded to do a system recovery (restored it back to factory settings). The main thing i wanted to save during the back up was my collection of movies. So i have now restored all my files from the back up i did onto a different computer - all the movie folders are there, and the information files e.t.c however..the actual video or movie file is missing?!?! How do i get these back.. Please Help!

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What is the size of the Movie Folder?

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Backed up files on hard d ...

If it's not large enough then most likely you didn't backup the entire files.

While it is possible to recover the Data from the HDD that originally held them you need to stop using it immediately and then decide how much you are willing to spend to recover these files or if it would just be cheaper to remake the files.

You need to attack the drive with a Forensic Data Recovery Program with the Drive being in a Slave Position and no OS running from it at all. You also need to save any recovered files to a different Place not on that HDD so as you have no chance of overwriting any of the Data you want to recover.

This will be a slow process with no guarantees of success if you try to do it yourself and if you are willing to pay a Professional Data Recovery Specialist it's going to cost quite a lot of your money. Instead of using any Backup Software I always tell My Clients to save their Files as Plain Data so that any computer can read them and there is no possibility of Data Loss when things go wrong.

However having said that there are only 2 types of Computer Users those who have lost all of their Data and those who are going to loose all of their Data.

Those who have lost all of their Data takes steps to prevent that happening again but even then they do not fully believe that they have covered themselves sufficiently and are not surprised when they loose more data.

If you want to try thins yourself you can pick one of the titles listed here and give it a go but if you do not follow the steps laid out above I wouldn't expect any success.

http://www.google .com.au/#hl=en&sugexp=frgbld&gs_nf=1&cp=22&gs_id=1x&xhr=t&q=forensic+recovery+software&pf=p&rlz=1R2ADRA_enAU429&sclient=psy-ab&oq=forensic+recovery+soft&aq=0&aqi=g1g-v1g-b2&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=c9d63d4d2de33b39&biw=1274&bih=754

Just remember to remove the space from between google and .com

Also as I have not used any of this software other than the X Ways offering I make no guarantees that they will do the job required and even if they do you need to expect a lot of Incomplete Saved Files so you'll need at least 5 times the HDD space to save and Recovered Data to compared to the size of the HDD you are attempting to recover the data from. You'll also need to do a lot of manual checking and deleting of partial files.

edited to add Others here may suggest some Software that they have used previously with success so I would wait a little while before attacking the HDD with anything and weigh any options you are given.


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