Question How can I recover deleted files on Recycle Bin

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I have lost some important files that are necessary for my small company.While cleaning up some useless data from my laptop i acidentally put some files that are the backbone of my small buisness.The files were deleted on January 13 so 10 days ago.At first when I used Recuva on the same day the files were deleted it only showed previous deleted data from 4 days ago.Now when I use Recuva it shows nothing at all.I need to get these files asap.Any help is or advice is welcomed.The files where photos.
My OS is Windows 10 Home
 

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I think the best thing to do is get a local data recovery person involved pronto. One great danger of DIY: The more you use Windows and anything running under Windows, the more chances of your stuff being overwritten; because Windows writes, and writes, and writes. Unless you are proficient with USB or DVD data recovery boots and usage -- get this to a local data recovery person pronto.
 

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Hello RealSnooly , I am in England , not been funny but did you tick all the right boxes when using recuva.
I have used this to recover some accidentally deleted word files and photos.Did you notice that some items it finds has rubbish lettering instead of names , sorry to tell you this but some of those items with rubbish names might actually be the items you need , just try opening some of them , lets face it you got nothing to loose.
 

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"I have lost some important files that are necessary for my small company. "

I'm sorry, but it has to be said:
Why was there not a backup of this important data?

Moving on...
PhotoRec
Recuva
TestDisk
If you feel courageous, Autopsy.



 
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Good advice from forum members (as usual). but please, do yourself a favor and have multiple, incremental / full backups!

As a previous small business owner, I used to do daily (some do it hourly!) backups for essential data. I was backing up to an external USB hard drive, a large capacity USB thumb drive, a CD and to the Cloud (Google Drive sync). Heck, I even used to clone my D (data) drive completely, same with my SSD C drive. If either drive (or even both) dies, I could be up and running in 30 minutes.

You can always encrypt or just zip the backup files and slap a strong password on them. And please, store the backups off-site!!
It doesn't take much to cause major damage to a small (or even large) business due to lack of backups or ransomware attacks!
 

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10 days down the road from deletion pretty much guarantees that there's nothing usable left to recover on a spinning drive. If, however, this is an SSD, then the files were gone within minutes. As stated above, this is what backups are for.
 

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With regards to back up I have separate pens for docs,pics,music and other sundrie items.
One thing that some people forget to do is remove the pens or backup drives after doing back ups , the reason I point this out is because the hacking stuff that hits you does not know they are external devices , to a system being hacked they are just another part of your pc to hit.

With regards to "gone for good" if you don't try and recover items in a short space of time I think that might be wrong , deleted items are NEVER gone for good when they are deleted from drives (not pens) they are over written by rubbish that cant be read , that is unless you are the police or security.

That's why you could delete say pornography from your hard drive just in case you get a knock on the door , then , they take your pc and with special software show you what you thought you had got rid of.
 

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With regards to back up I have separate pens for docs,pics,music and other sundrie items.
One thing that some people forget to do is remove the pens or backup drives after doing back ups , the reason I point this out is because the hacking stuff that hits you does not know they are external devices , to a system being hacked they are just another part of your pc to hit.

With regards to "gone for good" if you don't try and recover items in a short space of time I think that might be wrong , deleted items are NEVER gone for good when they are deleted from drives (not pens) they are over written by rubbish that cant be read , that is unless you are the police or security.

That's why you could delete say pornography from your hard drive just in case you get a knock on the door , then , they take your pc and with special software show you what you thought you had got rid of.
And with solid state drives, that data is being overwritten constantly. TRIM and garbage collection.
Doesn't matter if the file name can be discovered if parts of the actual file has been overwritten. Especially with "pictures", as appears to be the case here.


Oh, and "pen drives" are probably the worst media you can use to hold "backups".
 

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Hi USAFRet , the only reason I use pen drives for back ups is because I got fed up of wasting money on packs of blank discs that always seem to have quiet a few in the pack that would just not work. I know a guy who copies music for cash and he says in a pack of 100 discs their are always some that for some reason just wont work.
 

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Hi USAFRet , the only reason I use pen drives for back ups is because I got fed up of wasting money on packs of blank discs that always seem to have quiet a few in the pack that would just not work. I know a guy who copies music for cash and he says in a pack of 100 discs their are always some that for some reason just wont work.
And DVDs aren't any better.
 

RolandJS

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External USB HDs, whether platter driven or SSD = great backup media.
Cloud backup = another very good backup idea
Offsite Storage = another very good backup idea
I use two external USB 1TB HDDs for each laptop, which are locked up in a small safe.
 
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