Click “YES” and it’s all gone :(

So what happens if you aren’t paying attention and accidentally click “YES” to the wrong question … in this particular case the question was along the lines of “are you sure you want to delete when there’s not enough room in the recycle bin”.
I was reviewing the setup on my PC to allow my new portable to get access to all my data – I started copying the relevant data (Outlook files, etc) to the shared folder, then realized it wasn’t copying but moving them. Wrong – so I aborted and (error) deleted the files – I should have done an “undo move” but I didn’t, and clicked “YES” before realizing what I’d done.

OK. No problem. That’s what my USB backup drive is for.
Or not.
It apparently doesn’t contain the really useful backup data, like my Outlook files 😦
I think maybe the Google desktop keeps the Outlook files open, so they don’t get backed up!

So anyway.
I’ve now lost the last ten years email archives. Unless I can find any ancient CD backups (which I think I trashed after buying the USB backup drive).
Lesson One: Read and read again those Windows messages that you always just click “YES” to. One day, it’ll be the wrong message.
Lesson Two: Don’t trust the USB backup drive and/or the NH Backup program 😦

Thankfully, Google Desktop Search has cached loads of my data, so I can cut / paste the really important stuff (if anyone knows how to dump/export the Google cache to files, please let me know).

Thankfully too, I have the MINIsOnTop database backed up in multiple places.

If anyone’s expecting me to contact them (for example, when the MINI circuit is in stock again), please remind me because I might not know any more.

5 thoughts on “Click “YES” and it’s all gone :(

  1. I was clearing my desktop recently and mistakenly dropped my company folder in the trash. I luckily have my drives backed up to .mac nightly and monthly back up to CD/DVD just in case. Sorry to hear of your troubles. 

  2. Ian – There are services that can try to recover your delelted files…as long as you have not created many new ones. After all, I think the data is still there as it is one more step to actually clear/overwite rather than just marking it for “reuse”.

    You know, a quick call to Homeland Security might do the trick!!!

    Theo

  3. STOP!!! If you haven’t written much to disk, we can recover ALOT of data. please email me if you want to try this.

    Scott

  4. Unfortunately I only realized that my backup didn’t have the Outlook files, after restoring all the other files – by then of course it was too late to try searching the drive 😦

  5. As long as you don’t write much data or run defrag, you should be able to recover those files with one of the millions of deleted file savers out there. Check download.com or tucows.com

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