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Disk cleanup on Windows 8 deleted everything off my laptop

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  1. Johnny Cashflow

    Johnny Cashflow Well-Known Member

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    It deleted all pics, word documents, etc

    All of the folders are there but empty...

    Anyone know if I can get my stuff back?



    I don't know why it deleted everything...help :-0
     
  2. JetstreamVic

    JetstreamVic Active Member

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    I can't help, but you can't say that it sure didn't clean up your disc!
     
  3. Propertunity

    Propertunity Exclusive Real Estate Buyers Agent Business Member

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    Yes. Restore from yesterday's backup.
     
  4. House

    House Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Try Recuvra, probably the best free program to undelete stuff.

    Was it the computers disk cleanup or one from a third party?
     
  5. DaveM

    DaveM Adelaide Buyers Agent & KFC Strategist Business Member

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    Right click on C drive, and choose "restore previous versions". Hopefully Windwos has been doing shadow copies
     
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  6. Marg4000

    Marg4000 Well-Known Member

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    And if you do get your data back, buy one of those data storage external units and BACK UP your files regularly.
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  7. Johnny Cashflow

    Johnny Cashflow Well-Known Member

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    Nothing there
     
  8. Johnny Cashflow

    Johnny Cashflow Well-Known Member

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    Computers program.

    My c drive still has 75gb used and 25 go free

    So all the stuff must be on here somewhere
     
  9. Newyproperty

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    If the disk is still showing 75% used, then i would say all your stuff is in recycle bin. If thats the case, you can recover out of there.

    If thats not the case, you data is still most likely there. Windows does not actually delete the data (zero out the drive) it would just mark it to be overwritten. So the data is there, but the OS sees it as free space. This means that if you had 75GB before you deleted the data and you delete 20GB, you should see 55GB used - hence if you still see 75GB then its probably in recycle bin.

    If you have deleted it out of recycle bin, you could potentially be overwriting data now (due to logs etc writing) if you're using your computer. You can try and recover with recuva or similar software.
     
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  10. House

    House Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Ah. Try WizTree (shows the directories where your 1,000 biggest files are) or Directory List and Print Pro (lists everything on your HD) could help identify where the files are hiding.
     
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