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27th-Oct-2006 06:01 pm

I managed to delete a whole bunch of photos that I don't have backups of. I can't find the Recycle Bin anywhere either.

I think I read something about being able to restore the computer to what it was exactly one or two days ago. Is that true?

Would really like to get this fixed asap, so I would appreciate the help a lot :]
27th-Oct-2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Are you running Windows? If you open Windows Explorer (Windows Utforsker på norsk versjon av Windows), the Recycle Bin should be visible in the file-tree, right at the very end.
27th-Oct-2006 04:34 pm (UTC)

Yeah my Recycle Bin is definately gone...
27th-Oct-2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Restore only restores program settings and stuff, it doesn't affect files.

I'm assuming you are running windows XP? I'm on a Mac right now, so I can't double check this, but from my memory: right click on your desktop and scroll down to properties. Select the appearence tab and you should be able to select what icons appear on your desktop, including the recycle bin.

Of course if your desktop is completely full is it possible that the recycle bin is there, but just not visible (it's off the edge of the screen somewhere), try setting your screen to a higher resolution.
27th-Oct-2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
*right click anywhere on your desktop that isn't a file ;-) I'm sure you worked this out, but just making sure for the sake of clarity.
27th-Oct-2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
your files can most likely be retrieved, but you need special software to do it. and if you start creating a bunch of new files, the deleted ones will get written over and be gone forever.

here's the type of software you need: http://www.winundelete.com/

to get a version that actually works, you usually have to pay. so it depends on how valuable the pics were that you lost.
27th-Oct-2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
I think he's just send his files to the recycle bin, as opposed to completely deleting them.
27th-Oct-2006 07:06 pm (UTC)
he already checked his recycle bin... (i think)
27th-Oct-2006 07:18 pm (UTC)
Hej (that's my entire knowledge of Swedish)... I was just randomly passing through your journal, having randomly stumbled on your gorgeous, sumptuous Flickr photos, and came across your distress call. Your photos are quite clearly so brilliant that the entire worldwide Internet community must come to your assistance so you get them back!

If the problem is that you've deleted your Recycle Bin (not the files inside it):

1. Right click on an empty part of the desktop.
2. A box opens headed "Display properties"
3. Click on the tab marked "Desktop items"
4. You should be able to restore the Recycle Bin to the desktop from here.

If you know what the files are called (?), you could maybe search for all files modified in the last ??? days using the normal file search thingy. However, it doesn't show up files in your recycle bin.

If you think you have deleted the photos, you must run the undelete software (recommended by your friend up above) before doing much else on your computer... or you might lose them altogether.

Well done again on your photos. I adore them! You're a human camera.

in England.

(I don't have a Journal on here so you'll just have to make do with my OpenID signin, if it works.)
27th-Oct-2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks Chris, I really appreciate it.

I get problems at 4. I have no idea how to restore it?

28th-Oct-2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
i think if you click on restore default at that step, you might get it back.
28th-Oct-2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
whoops, that was me.
27th-Oct-2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
im clueless on this topic, but i do sincerly hope you find them !!
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28th-Oct-2006 08:59 am (UTC)
Sorry my earlier instructions weren't clear:
1. Do this
2. Do that
3. Do something else
4. A miracle occurs.

"Hey, I had some problems when I got to point 4" :o)

I'm sorry to disagree with that last comment, but I really DON'T recommend you follow the Microsoft page methods 2/3 unless you're confident about what you're doing -- or you may lose some other important things too. Editing the System Registry (which controls a lot of the behind-the-scenes settings of your system) is a risky thing to do if you're not sure you fully understand. You can screw up your system completely -- and then you will lose everything! There's a much simpler and safer way to fix things...

If the problem is definitely that the Recycle Bin has disappeared, and not that you have deleted files from the Recycle Bin that you can't get back, you could try using System Restore. This is the thing you asked about right at the very start. Think of your Windows system in two parts. One part is the system itself (the computer files, the programs you use) and the other part is all your documents. System Restore puts the system files back to how they were without affecting your documents. So you cannot use it to get back files you have deleted (generally, things you put into My Documents (Mine Dokument!), but it will restore the system to what it was at an earlier time. So, in theory, it should get the Recycle Bin back for you.

How does it work? Periodically, Windows takes a snapshot (backup) of your computer's entire system files and sticks them in a peaceful little corner of your hard-drive. These snapshots are called Restore Points. When you use System Restore, the backup files are swapped for the current ones -- so your system goes back to what it was. The catch is: there has to be an appropriate earlier snapshot (backup) for it to restore from.

You can create the Restore Points yourself (for example, if you are doing something risky with your computer, you can set it to create a Restore Point before you go ahead), but since you haven't used System Restore before, you'll have to rely on Restore Points that have been automatically created.

If you restore to an earlier time, you will lose all the system changes that happened between now and that time. In practice, this means you lose any new programs you have installed between now and then. You don't lose any files you have created, however. Hope that is clear.

The good thing about System Restore is that it is (in theory) "completely reversible". Well that's what it says, anyway! So you can try it out and if it doesn't work you can switch it back again to how it was. I have used System Restore quite a lot without any difficulties at all.

You can restore the System by...
1. Clicking on Start, then Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools, then System Restore.
2. The System Restore program opens up with some instructions.
3. Click on Restore My Computer to an earlier time.
4. You'll now see a little calendar with some dates shown in bold. These are the dates when your computer took its automatic snapshots. You can restore the computer to any of these dates. If you're lucky, there may be a restore point shown just a couple of days ago. If the last restore point is longer ago than that, you need to think carefully: "What have I done to the system between now and that date?" What programs am I going to lose? Hopefully, if you've not installed much, you won't lose anything.

Do you have any computer friends nearby who can help you sort it out? This stuff is all very easy if you know what you're doing - and quite scary if not.

I hope this is successful! I'll check back later.
29th-Oct-2006 03:32 am (UTC)
hi. thanks for helping markus solve his problem!
and in my defence ... i Did suggest he look at the Workaround from that MS page, not the earlier parts. no way i would encourage amateur brain surgery - which is what this stuff seems like for me and markus and most other users :)
28th-Oct-2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
what the hell, markus! i wish you a lot of luck!
(ähm i have no idea sorry, but i guess there are a lot of hints the others post here)