A windows drive mapping error has ruined my day. Please please please tell me there's some way to recover my data.
posted by shiu mai baby to computers & internet (11 answers total)
Hi. Please help me not throw myself out a window. Before anyone asks: I'm working on an HP EliteBook, 2Gb of RAM, 250 Gb hard drive, Windows XP Pro, SP3. I am a full-time telecommuter, and work for a company whose IT department is very kind but also staggeringly incompetent in a number of ways, data backups being one of them. Last time I tried to work out a VPN connection issue with them, they accidentally wiped half of my files.
Here's the convoluted, weird-assed story of what happened:
I needed to scan a document yesterday. In my home office set-up, I don't have my scanner hard-wired into my work computer, so I just pop an SD card into the scanner, scan directly to that, then pop the SD into my laptop and pull the scan from there. For some strange reason, my laptop didn't recognize the SD at first, but I rebooted, and then it did. The computer recognized it as a new device, I got the usual Windows "what do you want me to do with this" box, selected the option to browse the files in Explorer, as I've done many times before.
Except instead of showing the usual four or five throwaway directories that are usually on that drive, it showed about a half dozen directories, including my main work directory. It still showed the removable F: drive in the address bar, complete with the little blue SD card icon.
This was odd, but I attributed it to having downloaded Dropbox earlier in the day. I thought I had configured Dropbox to only sync one highly specific directory, but when I saw this I assumed I had messed up the configuration, so what I was seeing was a mirror or copy of the stuff that was on my hard drive. I couldn't figure out where the scan was stashed, so I tried to wipe the SD card and start over. It started to delete stuff, but stopped when it came to some file that couldn't be deleted without first connecting to the server. I tried again, same message.
I was under deadline, so I said fuck it, dug up a USB cable and just scanned directly to my laptop (which, really, I should've done from the beginning. Hindsight.)
So this morning, I go into my work directory and see that a bunch of files are gone, baby, gone, and I'm hoping there's some magical way to recover them, since they're not in the recycle bin. A few salient points:
- Even this morning, if I plug in the SD card, it still shows up as F: on My Computer, but it shows my work directories. If I drill down into the F: drive, it still will say "F:\CompanyName\Curent Projects\ABC." My CompanyName directory has *never* been on the removable F drive; there's no way all of my files could fit on a dinky little 8Gb card. This is what leads me to believe it's a mapping issue, but I've never heard of Windows displaying one drive letter in the address bar when the user is actually in a totally different drive.
- I'm reasonably certain there isn't a backup copy of these files on my work server. As I said above, my IT department is remarkably inept, and since I've had major VPN issues in the past, I don't even try to connect to the server anymore to synchronize files.
- I don't even know a complete list of what files are gone. I'm in a situation where I'll only know what's gone if I have a reason to go look for it.
So basically, my questions boil down to: 1) Has anyone ever seen / heard of this phenomenon before, when Explorer will show it's in F:\ but it's actually in C:\? and 2) Am I completely fucked?