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Old 12-04-2019, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default Recycle Bin Weirdness

I was doing file operations and noticed a key folder had disappeared. Assuming I had deleted or move it, I tried to undo (I was in Directory Opus). No luck.

So I searched the recycle bin. No luck.

Then I used a recover program to see if it was deleted instead of moved to recycle bin. Not there.

Directory Opus has the ability to navigate to the recycle bin and view files there. I could not find my files there.

So I decided to search the entire drive for one of the file names I remembered, just in case it got moved to somewhere else on the drive. I used File Locator Pro. And I found the file. It was located in F:\$RECYCLE.BIN\, right where I was unable to find it before using other methods.

So I tried more test searches in File Locator Pro and could not zero in on the missing folder, only files in the folder. But I remembered the names of key subfolders and was able to find them. There might be more but I'm happy I was able to do this. Also, none of the files or folders copied out with weird recycle bin names on them. They appear to be as before.

   
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Old 12-05-2019, 12:16 PM   #2
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The fact that you could find individual files indicates to me that rather than being deleted at the folder level, the individual files were deleted. This based on using Explorer which would just show the delete folder although, in thinking further, I'm not sure I ever tried to look inside a folder in the Recycle bin so maybe I'm wrong.


Could this disappearance be laid at Win10's "cleanup" door? I can't remember the offical name but I think that Win10 will do unprovoked cleanups???


At any rate, I'm glad you were able to get the files back....



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Old 12-09-2019, 12:27 PM   #3
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I have no idea if that applies or not. The thing is, though, the files were sitting right there in the recycle bin for File Locator Pro to find. Maybe there was a glitch somewhere in how the file locations were mapped, and this kept Directory Opus (which is no slouch when it comes to file management) and Windows Explorer (which sometimes slouches) from seeing them, but File Locator Pro found them despite this. As for not finding the root folder of these files by any means, it could be what you said.

   
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Old 12-14-2019, 11:32 AM   #4
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andrew: but File Locator Pro found them despite this.
A handy utility...I'm going to take a look at it...



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Old 12-14-2019, 12:43 PM   #5
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It's the pro version of Agent Ransack

   
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andrew: It's the pro version of Agent Ransack
That is so funny because I was just thinking about AR and wondered how it compared...


Now I know...'-}}




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Heh ... I suppose I could have just looked it up on their web site, but instead I deleted a file, checked that it was in the recycle bin, then turned Agent Ransack loose looking for it.

No go.

So I suppose that's a Pro feature.

   
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Gotta pay extra for Sherlock's cap...'-}}



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Old 12-18-2019, 12:54 PM   #9
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Turns our it ain't necessarily so. After reading your post I decided to run some tests. The first two tests failed. The third one passed. I have not run enough tests to determine a pattern.

I don't have enough oomph to test more right now.

   
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>> After reading your post I decided to run some tests.

On the Pro version or on AR?

   
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