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By  Migole  |  36

1. Perhaps you and your mother both should learn about the magic thing that is backup (external hdd, cloud whatever) 2. I hope you didn't touch the computer after you realized this and immedediately talked to a professional, because as long as you didn't overwrite the "free storage" they might still be saved

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  1dvs_bstd  |  41

Seriously people? There are loads of softwares out there that can recover deleted files. I suggest OP uses one before his momma boards the crazy freakout train.

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  ToastedSyrup  |  16

Hold up. Programs like that are useless unless they are either able to collect a backup upon starting the computer, or given a manual one to search through that contains the photos. They also use and obscene amount of space to save ~5 backups at any time. I hate to bring up people's mom's but considering OP's mum couldn't get rid of her junk, it's highly unlikely that she would have been computer savvy (hopefully not offensive, sorry OP's mum) enough to create backups on either of these.

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  Arwen_Evenstar  |  37

Files are potentially recoverable until they've been written over, and partially until many times. If it's done quickly before those areas are written over is the best chance. I suggest a professional, if you can accidentally delete wedding photos, you're probably not to be trusted to recover them. Worth the money to try. Sadly, real live doesn't work like CSI though. :(

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  UO88  |  10

If she has Windows 7 she can use System restore to get them back. All you need to do is right click on the folder that contained the files, (or any folder above that), and select properties, then the previous versions tab. open a date that the files were there and click and drag them back. Older Windows versions can do this with Shadow Explorer. Not sure about W8 though. PV was removed in 8.

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  wallamanut  |  14

I'd say not only does OP, but OP's family, deserves it for not even having thought of burning the photos into a CD or onto a flash driver if they were that important.

By  Classy_Sassy_15  |  15

Just tell her what you did and maybe it helped her computer work properly again

By  Migole  |  36

1. Perhaps you and your mother both should learn about the magic thing that is backup (external hdd, cloud whatever) 2. I hope you didn't touch the computer after you realized this and immedediately talked to a professional, because as long as you didn't overwrite the "free storage" they might still be saved

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  Mauskau  |  34

You don't need a professional, there is a program called Recuva that I have used, and several years ago I used another recovery program which allowed me to recover 200gb of data from a drive I had formatted as it had corrupted itself.

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  Compgeek1996  |  5

System Restore can recover deleted files, but only if there's a restore point for them. that's why creating backups and restore points is important. If there were never any restore points created, the computer would have to be reset to whenever the last major system change was made as that's usually when Windows makes them automatically.

By  confusedAsFuck  |  34

I can't understand how you would accidentally consider you mother's wedding photos junk.. unless you were deleting folders without checking what's inside them, in that case YFDI

By  kimg0885  |  23

The way you say that they are " your mothers photos " makes it sound like the man your mother married was not your father.... So maybe you hate your stepdad??

By  patrickeli  |  15

... Yikes. Hope she asked you to clean up her computer, otherwise it would look way worse if you took the liberty to do it on impulse and have screwed it up.

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