View Full Version : It has hit the fan.

01-24-2012, 06:38 PM
Sadly, my niece decided to go on a spree of deletion. She went into random folders, moved them, deleted them and caused much chaos. She even got my Adobe Photoshop folder, probably to spite me no doubt. Not to mention this week my nib for my pen wore out so ill have to wait a bit to get a new one, ill post some of my old-unrealeased work in the mean time.

01-25-2012, 12:38 PM
That is an outrage! I hope you are joking when you say "out of spite".

Either way, I would recommend password protecting your machine...I also hope your niece is very young...I love my nephew to pieces but if he was old enough to know better and still did something like this to me I think I would haunt him for years (queue evil laughter).

01-26-2012, 10:38 PM
Do a search online for undelete programs, do it sooner rather than later because the more activity the drive gets, the more damage to the traces of the files there is. You might be surprised what you can recover.

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01-31-2012, 12:00 PM
If you REALLY need the files back, bring your machine to any small computer shop and they should be able to recover your data. The only way to permanently delete anything off a harddrive is to either destroy the disks completely or through a complex process that takes a few hours per item deleted. Just to warn you though, data recovery takes time and can be quite expensive. Definately a last ditch resort sort of thing, but it works 99% of the time.

01-31-2012, 09:40 PM
A license for Getdataback is cheaper than any data recovery service I've ever priced.

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Heavy Metal Elf
02-01-2012, 05:28 AM
Depending on file format and amount of data added to the drive since the files' deletions, you may be able to recover quite a bit for free with Recuva (http://www.piriform.com/recuva), by Piriform software. They make good stuff, and it's free!

02-04-2012, 11:24 AM
I used one of those freeware recovery programs (just one recomended by a c/net review) and recovered 99% of the data from an external hard drive that suffered the loss of sector 0 and the index (no computer could read anything on the drive), so heck yeah, they do work.

02-07-2012, 10:52 AM
Consider a dropbox account - everything I am working on of any importance I keep in it, they keep backups for I think 30 days (at least) so if anything gets deleted you can recover it easily, you can share folders with friends you are collaborating with so the same files appear on both of your computers, if they ever folded your files are safe on your computer, if your hard drive dies your files are safe on their server - you can access from PC, Mac, ipad, iphone, android - pretty much anything, and the first 2 gigs are free - thats plenty of storage for documents, maps, whatever. If you do their tutorial you get an extra 250 meg, and if you get referred by a user you get an extra 250 meg and the referrer gets 250 also, to a 10 gig limit. It is the greatest thing - I live in NY and my partner in an app business lives in Houston, we can pass files back and forth faster than if the 2 of us were sitting side by side.

If anyone wants to use my referrer link to sign up it is http://db.tt/mpFd7wXa use it gets you extra space - or it is www.dropbox.com for the main site.

Sorry if I sound like a commercial - but I love this program/app/service whatever it is.

03-20-2012, 01:54 PM
Hmm, that reminds me. Just a couple of days ago my last USB port broke, so I can no longer use my tablet or mouse. Expect little to no maps from me.

/end rant

03-20-2012, 02:12 PM
Ya gotta be careful with those cloud-based accounts.. especially free ones... a lot of them (google and ms come to mind) have a nice little addition to their terms that basically means anything you post on their servers becomes their commercial property. I don't think they flex that muscle often, but it's something i've seen and since thought twice about hosting important things.

Dropbox may be different, I don't use it so I don't know... also it usually changes if you pay for the space.

I have my own webspace that's got unlimited space that I got for $4/month... It's got full SSH/FTP/MAIL features so I use that... I'm not supposed to use it for storage, but unless i abuse it i'm sure it's not a big deal.

03-20-2012, 03:04 PM
I'll second dropbox. It's an excellent service and has saved my hide a couple of times. It's the biggest and best of the services out there as far as I know. Apple apparently tried to buy it, but the guy running it said to Steve Jobs that he always dreamed of owning his own business so he wasn't going to sell. Steve walked away without a purchase. It also underpins lots of iPad/iPhone apps for their filesharing/storage functionality. I'd expect that means they won't have any dodgy licensing/privacy bt I haven't read the EULA carefully so I can't say.

03-20-2012, 03:13 PM
Yeah dropbox is great, on a side-note, box.net now gives away 50GB (!) if you sign up with an android device before March 23rd.... I prefer dropbox but hey 50gb is 50gb... cheers, DJ

03-21-2012, 08:22 AM
Damn that sucks! I'm sorry to read that. The most important thing though, is to not give up which it seems you haven't! It's hard though, to see the work you have done get torn down. Days, weeks, months of work, gone in seconds or minutes because of someone else's bad mood. Best thing to do though is to not loose heart. To keep pressing on, and strive to do better! I shall be keeping an eye out for your material in the future, and hope to see many great works from you!

03-21-2012, 09:03 AM
Yeah it's not something crazy you need to be really worried about, I mean they don't actively take your work from you in any sense.. i think it's kind of a security thing, so that if they need to they can go through you files or something.. but it seems to be kinda common in the concept of free online storage... Another option (tho a bit of work..) is using some of the free versioning sites hosting such things as SVN (Subversion) or GIT.. SVN requires you to manually sync things, but the beauty of it is that it not only holds your current files, but all versions previous as well.. It's mostly used for coding, but I could see the uses of it when it comes to just holding some important files, or even a map you modify frequently.

There is free software to run it on all OS's, for windows the best I've found is called TortiseSVN, it's easy to use and adds the options to your file exploring right-click menus...
The SVN has to be hosted, and there are a numerous free online hosts... basically, if you are willing to make them opensourced, you can get unlimited space.. from private stuff, space is a lot smaller.. best i've seemed to find is Assembla (http://www.assembla.com), which gives you 2gb free...

Again, if your just looking for online storage, Dropbox would be great... but versioning can be gold when used correctly.. so i thought i'd mention it.

03-21-2012, 01:28 PM
Again, if your just looking for online storage, Dropbox would be great... but versioning can be gold when used correctly.. so i thought i'd mention it.

Dropbox does versioning in addition to file hosting, and syncing automatically.. plus it works on Linux/Mac/Windows and a "client" can be used on Android/IOS(though these are not automatic syncing due to storage space issues)

03-21-2012, 03:31 PM
ah, well then there ya go! I've used dropbox from an android and it works pretty well, again I have my own unlimited webspace so I don't bother with it otherwise really.