By 4lphab3t4 - United Kingdom - Stanmore
Today, the main file and backups of the book I've been writing for 2 and a half years mysteriously vanished. It turned out my mum decided that me spending so much time in my room must mean I'm watching porn, and so she trashed everything. FML
Hi guys, OP here. To all of you who say this was a bit ambiguous, I ran out of space, so let me explain in more detail. I had 3 separate USBs, one of which I carry around my neck to prevent this from happening. Everything was clearly labelled and everyone was aware that I was writing a book. As for the USB around my neck, labelled "Confidential - Fuck off", I took it off for a shower, and when I came back... Poof! Gone. To those of you saying I should move out, I'm 16, so no chance of that happening. And when I said "Trashed" I meant literally gone. Everything downloaded onto a separate hard drive and removed while I was out of the house. As to how she guessed my password, I may never know. But yeah, this is my follow up, hope this clears things up somewhat.
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  mds9986  |  24

I don't mean to hijack but there are programs out there that will undelete data. When it is first deleted, the data doesn't actually vanish, the computer just says that that space is now available to write over. Either find one of these programs ASAP or take it to a professional to do it for you! Try not to mess with it any more than you have to as well or the old data will be saved over and corrupted. Good luck OP!

  ChristianH39  |  30

As I understand it, deleting something doesn't clear the data immediately, it just allows the space to be overwritten. So as long as Op doesn't reuse the space it may be able to be recovered.

Edit: just realized 11 said the same thing

  doodlecloud  |  26

I think 25 meant that it sounds more like OP's mum either broke or threw away the harddrives rather than deleting the files. It's a bit ambiguous. I think she probably did just delete them but I know I personally wouldn't use the word 'trashed' to mean deleted.

  Arwen_Evenstar  |  37

If the computer was non-functional due to no hard drive or being smashed up, I feel he wouldn't have said "mysteriously vanished".
Also you're meant to have a backup not inside the computer, a flash drive for example.

  SubparAtBest  |  23

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  heirofhope  |  38

My thoughts exactly. There's so many people and stores that can help recover deleted or lost files, I'm sure you can get it back thanks to the right person, OP. Don't give up! Look around!

  Colon_Man  |  17

#69. A few years ago my mom through away my nose hair trimmer, calling it a dildo.

I was 35. She was at my house, using the bathroom.

So, good for you if you don't do that to your kids.

By  amileah13  |  26

Omg I would've flipped my shit if that happened. I've spent over four years writing a book and have had that happen to me except viruses took over our computer and my brother decided to delete everything off my file before asking me. I was so devastated. I know your pain op

  whiteman23  |  6

the length of time it takes to write a book has no implication to How good of a book it is. I'm sure there are books that took years to write and were complete shit. also, why can't people understand that backing up files I. the same computer that the original is on its retarded.... If something happens to the computer, it's just like having no backup at all