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Files Recovered!

Posted by on Oct 20, 2008

Well, it looked like it was going to be touch and go there for awhile, but I got all my files back, and I’m a happy camper once more.

First, the story. When we last left, the Recover My Files program had been running for about 3 hours, and I had to get to bed. I woke this morning around 8:45 because, me being me, I dreamt about the program running all night. I was eager to see if it had found what I was looking for.

I was disappointed, but not for the reason you might think. The program showed it had been running over 8 1/2 hours, and it still wasn’t close to done. It had progressed, but it was going way too deep for my needs. I realized that I needed to stop the program and start it again, this time not having it search for certain types of files. With the program, you can tell it to look for things such as images and text files specifically and it’ll dig for them, but if you don’t need that stuff you can uncheck it, and it won’t bother with them. So I unchecked that stuff and all my MS Office stuff, since I’d found that elsewhere, and a few other things as well. I also then told the program to look for files only in Documents and Settings, because I knew that’s where all my information was. It only took five minutes this time, and when it was done, there were my files. It had renamed them .eml files, because I’d told it to look for email files, but I could handle that.

At that point I had to buy the program, and I did, because it had done its job. I loaded in the license name (I used my name, but could have used my email address) and license number, super long so I copied and pasted it, and then chose Save, and saved it to my external drive. What it did was save it in the folder setup that it originally was on my hard drive, which made it easy to know where I needed to reinstall those files. After running that I went back in and had it search for all my Feedreader files, of which there really was only two I needed, which contained all my feeds, since the laptop would have been deficient on that.

The next step was to open Thunderbird first and create a profile, because even though the program was still on my computer, it, as well as every other program, needed to be created as if it was brand new; I actually had to reload my Office software, and a couple other things, whereas some of the programs just made you start anew. Once I created a profile, I first had to go back to the laptop and move over the entire email profile from there so I could upload it onto the laptop. The reason for that is that I have 7 email accounts set up on Thunderbird, whereas the profile only had one. I could have created all 7 anew, but why do that when it’s easier to copy and paste?

So, after the copy and paste of the previous profile (only the information; you can’t overwrite a current profile name, otherwise Thunderbird will never find it), I went to the folder where the files had been saved, changed the extensions from .eml to nothing, since that’s the way they were in the new D&S folder, and moved everything over. Then I opened Thunderbird, holding my breath, but it was all there; whew! I did the same for Feedreader, moving over the two main files, and that all came back also.

And there you go. Right now, I’m running the main computer again, but for the present time I’m using the wired mouse and keyboard for awhile. Thus far six hours, plus the time I was asleep and had that other program running, and nothing has shut down yet. I just installed the printer and scanner again, both on USB ports, as I’m testing that theory for now, and everything is working just fine.

So, there’s two posts where I hope y’all have learned lessons from my mistakes. Time to go get something to eat, but before I do, I fully recommend Recover My Files, which is below.

Update – – The product below is NOT the program I used originally. Seems the advertiser has expired from Commission Junction, and no one else I’m with carries that program anymore. So, I’ve replaced it with the program below, another program which had been recommended, and which costs less money.

Restore My Files Data Recovery

Restore My Files Data Recovery

Price $29.95

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Blake Raab:

Don’t you love it when computer disasters get fixed? Doesn’t happen all that often! I’m looking for something to ghost my hard drive on this laptop running Vista. I came in one day to find that my cat had knocked over a 32 oz. glass of water and the laptop was swimming. It runs fine, but it beeps occasionally and the hard drive makes ugly noises.

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October 20th, 2008 | 9:36 PM

I’ve got a slightly different suggestion for you. Why not purchase an external hard drive, which you can get at a great price these days, then copy over everything you need? Since you don’t need to move program files, it shouldn’t take long to move over your data, and if you get a big enough hard drive, at least 500GB, you can back up your regular computer drive also.

October 20th, 2008 | 10:21 PM
Blake Raab:

That’s a good idea. I have an external USB drive that would work. I’m just thinking that I might want to ghost it instead to save settings on bunches of programs.

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October 20th, 2008 | 10:29 PM

You never move programs anyway. There’s all these .dll files that you can’t capture, so your programs won’t work anyway, and you’ll end up having to reload the program. Only data files.

October 20th, 2008 | 10:37 PM

Was that all to do with the twitter when you lost email data and such? If so, I am glad you got everything back. Reckon I will have to keep this post in mind just in case it happens to me.

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October 20th, 2008 | 11:50 PM

Well, I don’t know about todo and Twitter, but I went to Twitter to kind of rant about losing all my files and one of the Twitter followers offered the idea, something I should have known because I had to do the same sort of thing about 5 or 6 years ago.

October 20th, 2008 | 11:59 PM

That was what I meant. I love computers, but when they decide to play up they can be a real pain in the rear end.

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October 21st, 2008 | 12:33 AM

Ain’t that the truth! And guess what; seems I did have all my data files backed up on my external hard drive after all; found them all this evening.

October 21st, 2008 | 12:40 AM

Say Mitch, last time I was on I notice this Twitter Banner, and I looked into it and it seemed pretty cool. I came back here to join as I figured you were affiliated with it but it’s gone. I presume because it remembers my IP address? Anyway mate point me in the right direction.

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October 21st, 2008 | 1:01 AM

You can find it here, Sire: It was only on a blog post, though, truthfully, I should add it along the side somewhere.

October 21st, 2008 | 1:11 AM

I have myself used this sometime back and it really saved me recover piecefully from a crash. I only lost hardly 30 or 40 out 2000+ digital photographs and a few word docs and a couple of installed EXE programs then.

It’s a cool product!

October 21st, 2008 | 2:09 AM

Hey, another big time recommendation other than mine; thanks Ajith! It turned out to be a lifesaver for me.

October 21st, 2008 | 8:17 AM

Hi Mitch I have had a similar thing happen a number of times now, only to find the computer repair man unable to recover my files, which he said were gone. Now I have resolved the issue myself, I have a separate hard disk which I have made a copy of the C drive onto using Norton Ghost. When I have a problem, I turn the PC off, plug the second hard disk in and boot off that, I’m then able to go in and run a virus scan. When the scan is complete I can just retrieve the files onto the second hard disk and I have no down time. 99% of things are recoverable, and I haven’t lost any data this way (have had to use the system several times over the past 2 years), I have partitioned my C drive and try and keep as much of my data on the D drive as possible, so its safe if there is a virus. What’s more once you have retrieved all your data from the old C drive, you can just use norton ghost to rebuild it once you have recovered all your emails, documents and favourites etc (for the price of a spare hard disk and Norton Ghost it saves a lot of stress and down time) Hope it helps for next time.

October 21st, 2008 | 7:37 AM

Hi Khaled. I actually purchased Norton Ghost 3 years ago, and I tried using it on my laptop and had major difficulties with it. Didn’t understand the instructions either. So, it’s now deep in a drawer, gathering dust. Glad you knew how to use it, though; sounds like a good plan.

October 21st, 2008 | 8:20 AM
John Dilbeck:

I’m happy to hear the good news that you recovered your data, Mitch. I know how traumatic it can be when you realize that you just did something and now…Oh, no!

All the best,


October 21st, 2008 | 6:51 AM

Thanks John; major panic for awhile there.

October 21st, 2008 | 8:18 AM

Cool Dennis; yup, help me help you and help me make money at the same time. LOL

October 21st, 2008 | 8:20 AM