Recover Lost Files
January 7, 2010 6:26 AM Subscribe
How do I recover files that have disappeared from external USB drive after moving to another computer?
posted by chitlin to computers & internet (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Windows XP SP2 on both computers
Toshiba bus-powered 500GB external hard drive
I downloaded several large files to an external hard drive yesterday while at work. I browsed the folder and saw all 20+ files in that particular folder, so I was ready to go. I attempted to stop the device using the icon in the taskbar, but it kept saying to try again later. I was trying to eject the drive at least 30 minutes after downloading the last file. Finally I had to leave and so I just unplugged the USB cable and left.
When I got home, I wanted to manipulate the files, so I browsed to the folder that contained them, and about a dozen were gone. No trace whatsoever. I made sure that my folder was showing all hidden files and all, but no help. Nothing in the drive's Recycle Bin.
I reeeeally don't want to download for another 8 hours. Is there anything else I should try? Thanks in advance.