File not found…

Yep… says it all.

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  1. fvhale says:

    Oh, I know that….it is from Gone with the Cloud!

  2. StWinefride says:

    But does the computer mean it?

    Or does it say that because its pride has been hurt…

  3. Supertradmum says:

    I lost all my doctoral thesis files I worked on all summer. Just disappeared into thin air. Even my computer guru son cannot understand what happened.

    Files not found……………

    I have to make a decision whether to start over….

  4. AnAmericanMother says:

    Oh no! You need to call in the big guns. Even my hubby the IT guy calls in the recovery specialists when things really go south.

  5. JonPatrick says:

    An online backup service such as Carbonite helps somewhat, although if you accidentally delete a file it will duly delete it from its backup archive although you do have a little time to get it back if you act quickly.

  6. APX says:

    Given my luck, I save a hard copy of all my papers I write. The time I save by just re-typing them rather than looking for them/swearing at my computer is exponential. Not the most convenient thing when moving, however.

  7. The Masked Chicken says:

    “I lost all my doctoral thesis files I worked on all summer. Just disappeared into thin air. Even my computer guru son cannot understand what happened.”

    Didn’t lose the raw data, we hope. I did tests on materials and recorded the data to floppy disc, back in the day. The recording heads were off center, so the data can only be read by one computer n the world.

    Take heart. As long as the hard drive was not degaussed, its probably still on there, but you might need forensic software or a microscope to read the bits, to find it. You are probably running Microsoft. Download a copy of Puppy Linux, burn it to CD and do a live boot. It gives you root access to everything. If Puppy can’t find it, it’s gone.

    The Chicken

  8. wmeyer says:

    Supertradmum, the most secure solution is to use some form of version control system, and to check in your incremental updates. Of course, that is not proof against failure of a disk drive, and in any event, should normally exist on a different computer.

    A simple strategy I have used is to create a folder for backups of a project, then to save versions in zip files:, for example. Obviously, that is no help for now, but may help in the future. might be a solution for you to consider, moving forward. In the meantime, has your son looked at any of the various undelete programs that are available? File deletion does not delete the content from your drive, but simply marks the file as having been deleted. Unless, that is, you are using an add-on to truly delete the content, but I would be surprised if you were. If it would be of any benefit, you can have him contact me on my e-mail, which you have.

  9. Supertradmum says:

    Thanks all. I am still getting over the shock.

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