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Hey folks,

I just buggered something up and could use some quick advice. I was going through and organizing my movie collection (mostly files in dvd file format, ie. video_ts) renaming them and adding dates using a program called Filebot. Each movie is a folder containing various files associated with that specific movie. I was renaming the top folders for each movie. It was working great until I did something and instantly deleted almost all of the movie folders!!!

More info.... the problem actually occurred when I was deleting what I thought was an empty folder. Select the folder, and I am positive on that folder. Hit the delete button. Got a messages saying this was a shared folder and the name of the folder was the single movie, not my whole movie directory. I hit OK, then thought better of it an hit cancel. The window refreshed and probably 50 folders A through T were gone. I had only renamed the first 20 or so folders. T - Z names files are there. Additionally, there were a bunch of mkv, iso, etc files at the end of the list which have also disappeared.


Help!!!! Please!!!!

Dennis
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So, after a little interneting, I am trying a free program from here:
http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/RESTORATION.html

it is a little slow but seems to be pulling over the folder and file structure. It also can do the "restore" by copying the deleted files to a new drive/directory... so I don;t have to try to write over the old files now marked for deletion. We'll see what happens. It seemed to find all the folders and files, so that is promising.

I'd still love to hear your recommendations.
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The program I linked to actually worked very well. Slow but it worked. I recovered around 700Gb of data, approximately 50 movies, and only three seemed to have issues. I think those were all recovered as well but the vob files did not end up in the folders. All in all, no complaints as this was much better than having to re-rip them all again.

Hope that helps someone. I also found a program called Glary Undelete, a free program, that was reported to be very good also.

Hope this can help someone in the future!
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