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    does anybody know how to recover files which has been moved?
    i've moved my images from portable disk to my computer, but sadly it crashed just before I was about to hit that backup button.
    many software can recover deleted files, but..

    if i cannot get those images back, i am so dead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ola
    Try this link...
    ola,
    i did not delete the files. i moved 'em.
    thanks anyway.

    anybody else that can help?


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    Quote Originally Posted by MashiMaro
    ola,
    i did not delete the files. i moved 'em.
    thanks anyway.

    anybody else that can help?

    Move = copy to new location then delete from exiting location.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ola
    Move = copy to new location then delete...
    i came in need of help, not to argue.
    again, thank you ola, for you reply.

    i would really appreciate any help or suggestion that you all can provide.
    thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MashiMaro

    does anybody know how to recover files which has been moved?
    i've moved my images from portable disk to my computer, but sadly it crashed just before I was about to hit that backup button.
    many software can recover deleted files, but..

    if i cannot get those images back, i am so dead.

    Did the portable disk crash or the computer?

    If the portable disk is still working, you can recover the files you moved provided you have not written any new files on it. If you are staying near the east maybe I can help...

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    I think what he's saying is that normal file recovery programs will work even for moved files as moved files are essentially deleted files.

    Quote Originally Posted by MashiMaro
    i came in need of help, not to argue.
    again, thank you ola, for you reply.

    i would really appreciate any help or suggestion that you all can provide.
    thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MashiMaro
    i came in need of help, not to argue.
    Not really a nice word to say especially when you need help.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MashiMaro
    i came in need of help, not to argue.
    again, thank you ola, for you reply.

    i would really appreciate any help or suggestion that you all can provide.
    thank you.
    To explain in detail.
    When you move a file from 1 location to another (in your case from portable hard disk to PC hard disk), what the OS does is
    1: Copy the file from portable hard disk to your PC hard disk.
    2: Ensure the copy process completed successfully.
    3: Delete the file from your portable hard disk.
    All these are done in the background and transparent to user.

    If you have not reuse your portable hard disk, chances are you can recovered the file from there. It is the same as recovering deleted file.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaxh81
    Not really a nice word to say...
    First of all, it was never my intention to be rude.
    I've used utilities like "Recover My Files" and "PC Inspector File Recovery" and was not able to 'see' those files I lost in my portable disk. I do however manage to find old files I deleted a few weeks back.


    Quote Originally Posted by Zplus
    ...you can recover the files you moved provided you have not written any new files on it. If you are staying near the east...
    I suspect that the 7200rpm harddisk in my ThinkPad is not supported and crashed during the transfer. I have not written any new files on the portable disk since this happened.. Ben, do you think I still might have a chance to get my files back?



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    Quote Originally Posted by MashiMaro

    First of all, it was never my intention to be rude.
    I've used utilities like "Recover My Files" and "PC Inspector File Recovery" and was not able to 'see' those files I lost in my portable disk. I do however manage to find old files I deleted a few weeks back.



    I suspect that the 7200rpm harddisk in my ThinkPad is not supported and crashed during the transfer. I have not written any new files on the portable disk since this happened.. Ben, do you think I still might have a chance to get my files back?



    Not all "move" command can be recover. If the app is using a normal copy + delete , then recovery is easier. However, if it is using a "SHFileOperation" or "MoveFileEx" , it may clear the recycle bin depending on the parameters set , rendering normal recovering cumbersome. However, the data & cluster should be there as long it is not overwritten (etc rebooting).

    Try this
    Last edited by kitkat; 8th May 2006 at 12:05 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MashiMaro

    I suspect that the 7200rpm harddisk in my ThinkPad is not supported and crashed during the transfer. I have not written any new files on the portable disk since this happened.. Ben, do you think I still might have a chance to get my files back?
    Yes, you probably can recover from the portable disk since its still readable. Can use software methods. The actual files are still residing in the disk. Quite a high chance if you have not written any new files to the portable harddisk.

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    need help pm me... i have been there done that

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    PC/laptop crash due to OS or hardware ? if its the OS, then removed the laptop/PC harddisk and connect it to another PC/laptop as an external harddisk. Copying the files shouldnt be problem after that...

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    It's so hard to tell someone exactly how to do this. It sounds like you tried the normal route and are still stuck. The problem with portable disks is that the OS does not store the info. The info on the files on the portable disk may still have the file info in the home area of the disk and that is what that software looks for that you used. If you haven't written to the disk and your move command didn't shred the info (do you have security software that might have shredded the info when it was moved?) then technically it is still there. The move command just tells the file information portion of the disk that this area is available. There are high powered kinds of software that can find the info, but I don't have any of it anymore. I used to do IT for a bank and had the software then. Too bad. The best thing is to try to recover it off your hard drive. Like the previous post said, if it was a software crash then the files are still there on your hdd and all you have to do is hook it up to another computer and search for the files. This really isn't hard to do. But you have to be brave enough to open the box. BTW: what is your operating system and what kind of crash is it? That can make a big difference on how to deal with the problem.

    Good luck.

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