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Postby mattlabonte » Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:06 am

So as my friend was transferring a bands cubase project files over to my external drive the drive went to sleep and the files were no longer on the computer or drive. Can someone help me get these files back because if not I'm screwed! I'm trying a data recovery but the file names get lost so I dont know if I have them!
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby Scab Pickens » Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:09 am

mattlabonte wrote:So as my friend was transferring a bands cubase project files over to my external drive the drive went to sleep and the files were no longer on the computer or drive. Can someone help me get these files back because if not I'm screwed! I'm trying a data recovery but the file names get lost so I dont know if I have them!


Surely a computer going "to sleep" shouldn't result in any "lost files".

Does the original machine still have the files? I don't see how it could not.
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby mattlabonte » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:36 pm

No it doesn't. 100 percent certain the original machine doesn't have them either. They got lost like between the drive and the computer so I'm at a loss of what to do.
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby Split » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:45 pm

Never heard of a drive going to sleep whilst transferring files to it (the drive)... Odd

Was it a drag and drop or a copy and paste or a cut and paste?

I too would have thought you'd at least still have the files on the original drive?

Something else going on there I think?
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby mattlabonte » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:29 pm

My friend did it so I wouldve copied it then deleted off the original drive. He cut it then pasted so it's no longer on his drive nor my external. It was a windows computer as well just in case thatll help
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby Split » Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:33 pm

mattlabonte wrote:My friend did it so I wouldve copied it then deleted off the original drive. He cut it then pasted so it's no longer on his drive nor my external. It was a windows computer as well just in case thatll help


More like he unplugged it before the transfer was complete...

Looks like a lesson learnt!
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby Guest » Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:00 pm

data recovery on the original drive looks like your only option and that type of recovery software is very expensive ,
slap yourself on the forehead and start a fresh ;)
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby mattlabonte » Thu Jan 24, 2013 12:50 am

Split wrote:
mattlabonte wrote:My friend did it so I wouldve copied it then deleted off the original drive. He cut it then pasted so it's no longer on his drive nor my external. It was a windows computer as well just in case thatll help


More like he unplugged it before the transfer was complete...

Looks like a lesson learnt!


Incorrect. I was standing there when it happened. Second off I have data recovery software and I recovered every file, but theyre random names so I have to find a way to figure out which are which and organize them.
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby Split » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:15 am

mattlabonte wrote:
Split wrote:
mattlabonte wrote:My friend did it so I wouldve copied it then deleted off the original drive. He cut it then pasted so it's no longer on his drive nor my external. It was a windows computer as well just in case thatll help


More like he unplugged it before the transfer was complete...

Looks like a lesson learnt!


Incorrect. I was standing there when it happened. Second off I have data recovery software and I recovered every file, but theyre random names so I have to find a way to figure out which are which and organize them.


So sorry... you should have said that at the start.
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby mattlabonte » Thu Jan 24, 2013 5:15 am

Didn't think I needed too as I said the drive went to sleep indicating that it was plugged in but the drive stopped spinning.
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby Guest » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:08 am

looks like your on your own then ,if you have the recovered files you'll have to arrange them if you really want them then
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby mattlabonte » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:10 am

Bugt how do you arrange them if you have no idea what they are? Theyre just named numbers
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby Guest » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:14 am

it's a strange one as if you COPIED weather it was "copy" "copy and paste" dragged and dropped ,there still should of been the originals on the original drive as you were only making a "copy" and as for naming the files you now have a lonely long winded process of trying to put them back in order , sorry can't help !
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Re: Someone help me recover lost projects!

Postby Brain » Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:21 pm

So when you say you have the recovery files, does this include the Audio files & the Cubase Project file?

If you have the project file...
Create a folder, drop the project file into that folder, also create a folder called 'audio' in the same folder with the project. Dump ALL the recovered audio files into the audio folder. Open the Cubase project, if it cannot find the files
make sure it is looking at the audio folder. If is still cannot find all the files, let it search your recovery drive, or the original drive. If it still cannot find some files you may never find them. BUT they also may be files you do not need (i.e. files that were deleted on purpose). So close the missing file window and look at the Cubase project to see if
anything looks missing.

The point is, even if (from the file names) you cannot tell what goes where, the Cubase project does.
If you do find all the files, archive off a safety NOW. use "prepare archive" this copies all files from ANY drives into the projects audio folder, then Save as new project, check the boxes for remove unused files, freeze edits, then save.

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