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