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Old 06-20-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Everything Has Disappeared From My Downloads Folder


Everything was there this morning. But I just tried to access a file in my Downloads folder and EVERYTHING is gone from it. It's the only folder missing files. I checked the Trash and they're not there. Has anyone ever seen Linux delete files without permission? I'm not a noob, not to mention I haven't done anything to the system today, so it's not like I deleted them on accident. Can anyone help me get my files back?
 
Old 06-21-2012, 05:54 AM   #2
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The first thing to do would be to take an image of the disk and work on that instead of the original, the Testdisk suite is probably your best bet for file recovery. Once you've got your files back we can try to work out what went wrong.
 
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I have the testdisk suite. I just wasn't sure if there was a way to recover the files without recovering the whole partition. Is that the only way we can do it?
 
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Well you're not exactly recovering the whole partition but you are inspecting the whole partition to look for deleted files.

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Old 06-21-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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Ok, I'm running testdisk, I'll let you know if it finds anything.
 
Old 06-21-2012, 04:46 PM   #6
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Is the downloads folder in the internal hdd or external? Sometimes external drives fall off the directory tree and need to be restarted. Lol at least thats what happens in my case. Not sure how to keep it going though.
 
Old 06-21-2012, 05:16 PM   #7
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No, it's internal.
 
Old 06-21-2012, 05:56 PM   #8
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None of the found deleted partitions are recoverable.
 
Old 06-21-2012, 06:23 PM   #9
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None of the found deleted partitions are recoverable.
You need to use photorec as you are only trying to recover missing files, not missing partitions. Photorec comes with testdisk.
One thing to note, however, is that you should use a separate drive to save the recovered files to. (or at least a different partition)
 
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Old 06-21-2012, 07:16 PM   #10
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Ok I'm running photorec now. I will let you know if I find anything.

I was confused about photorec and testdisk. I understood testdisk was for recovering deleted partitions, and photorec was meant for recovering photos. I didn't realize you could recover other files with photorec.
 
Old 06-21-2012, 10:40 PM   #11
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No luck on finding the files I lost. It's ok, though, I can redownload the stuff I needed. Fortunately it wasn't something like my Documents folder!
 
Old 06-22-2012, 01:07 AM   #12
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Another good lesson to backup your stuff...
 
Old 06-22-2012, 08:14 AM   #13
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I DO backup my stuff regularly.
 
Old 06-22-2012, 09:32 AM   #14
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Well then restore from backup and D/L what isn't there.
No need to go through that much trouble then, yes?
 
Old 06-22-2012, 12:02 PM   #15
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LOL I just said I could redownload everything that was in that folder. Did you miss that?
 
  


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