Recovering a Cut File...

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by KindaParanoid21, May 29, 2016.

  1. KindaParanoid21

    KindaParanoid21 Registered Member

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    This is based on a recent-ish issue I had and am finally getting around to posting about it! It's a quickie though, and what it is, is this... I had cut a few documents from a jump drive, and pasted them on the computer. Had issues later on with them so went back and attempted to recover the originals on the JJ and no luck.

    Now I'm famous for this, not necessarily losing files, (though I think like most I've had some doozeis), but that when I do rarely do I have luck with file recovery. Now I know what goes into FR and the ever changing status of current and lost files, everything that goes into it, etc.

    But I just had to love that having attempted to recover the files, hell, just the names, with multiple FR programs, no luck whatsoever. Found other stuff I know I deleted off the JJ but not what I cut. So again, my long winded way of asking, is it normal for a cut file to be unrecoverable? Thanks guys!
     
  2. TheRollbackFrog

    TheRollbackFrog Registered Member

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    Not at all. Once the CUT is made, followed by a successful PASTE, the original cut file is just like a deleted file. But, as you know, once any part of that file has been reused (especially any part of its file structure), it'll be toast.

    If that's a busy jump drive, that file's $MFT entry may have been re-used and once it has, even the name reference is toast.
     
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  3. manolito

    manolito Registered Member

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    For such cases my good old Yankee Clipper III clipboard extender would have saved me. It saves up to 200 text items, RTF items and URLs and up to 20 bitmap items. I have been using it since it came out about 15 years ago and I don't know how I could ever live without it...

    Cheers
    manolito
     
  4. caspian

    caspian Registered Member

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    Did you mean to "cut" the file? Or copy it? I use windows 7 and I just drag files from my external drive over to my desktop if I need to. If you cut it that takes it off of your USB stick.
     
  5. Brummelchen

    Brummelchen Registered Member

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    idd - cut from usb sticks the file(s) are normally gone, no chance to recover - only with experts help.
    thats why i copy first and delete only after successfully action - or later or never in some cases.
     
  6. KindaParanoid21

    KindaParanoid21 Registered Member

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    Great stuff guys, just wanted to confirm I suppose. One of the worst parts is when you have a general memory of what was there but don't know for sure, and you really wan to! And yes, sometimes it's better to copy to have that extra layer of added safety.

    @caspian - I meant cut and yeah, like I said this was just something that was irking me and I wanted to be sure.
     
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