12-09-2012 03:57 AM
I'm hoping someone will be able to help me...
I have transferred all the photos of my 6 month old son onto my newish (Oct 2012) 32GB Cruzer Slice as I needed to have access to them both on my laptop and PC. I saved the photos into subfolders by month and called the overall folder by my son's name Aaron. I did not use secure access, just used it as a removable drive.
I have continued to save more photos onto the data stick, not using the secure access, but simply using the stick as a normal drive. Now I know you're going to tell me I'm stupid and that I should have backed these pictures up, but please believe me I am gutted that I did not do this and now its too late.
A couple of days ago, a sub-folder called Nov 2012 no longer showed on the drive when I had been copying more photos over even though it had been there previously. I thought I must have accidentally deleted it or moved it (although that is not something I would normally do). Checked the bin and no Nov 2012 folder was there, so assumed it was my mistake and tried to recover Nov 2012 pictures from my camera and phone SD card, some of which I got back. When I tried to create a new folder for Nov 2012 to put the recovered pictures into, it told me that Nov 2012 already existed and did I want to merge the new folder I was creating into it. But the original Nov 2012 was not showing as a sub-folder.
Then yesterday whilst using the USB data stick, my folder named after Aaron disappeared with all the subfolders containing every picture I have ever taken of my son. I don't know where it went, I know I didn't delete or remove it. I wondered whether it was still there and tried creating a new folder called Aaron, and again it told me this folder already existed and asked if I wanted to merge the 2 together.
When looking at the properties of the data stick, I note that it says 1.29GB has been used (of the 32 GB), but this can not be accounted for by the system files on there (SanDiskSecureAccess etc.) which amount to about 50MB. This suggests to me that my files are still on there but for some reason I can not see them to access them.
Since this has happened I have not removed the data stick from the laptop and have kept the laptop on for 2 days in the hope that I can retrieve my lost files.
I would be extremely grateful if anyone could offer some advice or a remedy.
Thanks so much
12-09-2012 05:05 AM
What are you using to view the folders on the Slice? Windows Explorer or some other app? It sounds like some other app, maybe something for viewing pictures, that only shows the last x number of folders accessed. The files are there but the app isn't showing them. It could be a setting that you can change, or not. Use Windows Explorer and see what it shows.
BTW Using the Slice directly rather than feeding everything thru SecureAccess is a good move.
12-09-2012 05:47 AM
Thanks for the reply, I was using Windows Explorer and have used this all along to both view and transfer files tto the data stick.
I just set my view to "large icons" to view the pictures within explorer.
My OS is Windows 7 64bit.
Any help that you can offer would be gratefully appreciated.
12-09-2012 12:16 PM
Ok. Temporarily changed the view to Details. Do the missing folders show up then? How about if you click on the Name header?
12-09-2012 01:01 PM - edited 12-09-2012 01:17 PM
Have changed to details, still only shows the data stick 'system files'. Only used the large icons for looking at the photos themselves, when organising them/their folders I used the list view.
I'm not sure what you mean by name header?
If you mean the data stick as it appears under computer in explorer, it still shows just the system files.
Doesnt seem to matter how I view the data stick in explorer, it only shows those system files, but still maintains that 1.29GB of space has been used.
12-09-2012 03:49 PM - edited 12-09-2012 04:01 PM
I'm confused. NONE of your pictures or picture folders are visible!! I thought some were.
Ok, from a Command Prompt enter a CHKDSK command for the drive letter assigned to the flash drive. For example:
where F: is the flashdrive's drive letter.
Does that help?
Other things to try:
With the flash drive plugged in RIGHT click on the desktop's Recycle Bin icon. Does it show space allocated on the flash drive?
Does your laptop's antivirus show any of the files or folders as having been quarantined?
Can you use Windows Safely Remove function to remove the flashdrive? If so once removed shutdown the laptop, not restart, shutdown. Let it rest, you too, then turn it back on and reboot it. Once it settles down insert the flashdrive and see what it shows.
12-10-2012 03:09 AM - edited 12-10-2012 03:15 AM
Thanks for the response.
I only had 1 folder on the flashdrive called Aaron which contained 9 subfolders which had all the photos in, and it is Aaron which has disappeared, along with all the subfolders within it. There was nothing else on the drive other than the 'system files' which are:
Folder - Club Application 14.6 MB
Folder - My Vaults 17.8 MB
Folder - SanDiskSecureAccess 8.95 MB
Application: RunClubSanDisk 108 KB
Application: RunSanDiskSecureAccess_Win 29.2 MB
Well, I tried checkdisk (gosh its a long time since I used DOS!), anyway the disk seems fine and this is what it said:
The type of the file system is FAT32
The volume is in use by another process. (!!!)
Chkdsk might report errors where no corruption is present.
Volume Cruzer Slice, created...serial number...etc.
Windows has checked the files system and found no problems
31,250,016 KB total disk space
128 KB in 8 hidden files
832 KB in 49 folders
1,347,600 KB in 1,684 files
29,901,440 KB are available.
Tried right clicking recycle bin, I assume it was a right click, properties? Anyway if so, nothing is allocated to the flash drive, only drives mentioned are on the laptop.
No files are quarantined in AVG.
Have safely removed flashdrive and shutdown. Waited about 20 mins, then restarted. Flashdrive exactly as it was.
Still reporting (under flashdrive properties in explorer):
1.28GB Used Space
28.5GB Free Space
But the 'system files' total only 70.8MB, 87 files and 41 folders. This is very different to the 1684 files and 49 folders reported by Chkdsk.
PS Sorry about the delay in response, I'm on UK time and have to keep stopping to look after my baby, Aaron!
12-10-2012 02:41 PM
You appear to be running Windows XP, yes?
As for CHKDSK indicating the volume being in use by another process, did you have it displayed in Windows Explorer at the time? If not maybe your AV was scanning it?
The CHKDSK shows 1,347,600 KB in 1,684 files which would indicate your files are there.
At your friendly Command Prompt do a DIR ?: where ? is your Cruzer's drive letter. Does it show Aaron's folder?
If not, again in the Command Prompt do a ATTRIB ?:\*.* where ? is the Cruzer's drive letter again. Does it show Aaron's folder?
BTW Congrats on Aaron. :-)
12-10-2012 03:10 PM
Thanks for the congrats, obviously can't send you a pic of him!
Actually I'm running Windows 7 64bit.
I could have had the flashdrive open in explorer when I did the chkdsk earlier, so I closed it down and made sure it wasnt being used anywhere else including my AV and ran it again just now, it still says that it is being used by another process.
No Aaron showing on the DIR command, just the system files as detailed in my previous post.
12-10-2012 03:46 PM
"Actually I'm running Windows 7 64bit."
!! So am I, but your CHKDSK output looks different than mine.
Ok, at this point, I'm out of ideas. :-( Find a professional recovery service and have them recover your photos. It may be expensive but I think Aaron is worth it.
One last idea, actually two.
1. Do an image backup of the drive. Especially before sending it out but also before doing anything that writes to the drive.
I suggest RunTimes DriveImage XML. It is free and I trust it.
2. Once backed up try running a recovery app to see if it can see your files and possibly recover them. There are dozens on the 'net that will scan your drive and may find your files but then charge you to recover them. I've used TouchStone's Undelete_Plus and photerec_win.exe from whom I don't remember and Restoration from here http://download.cnet.com/Restoration/3000-2094_4-1