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Overwrote my backup folder
Post by jhumur on Apr 9th, 2017, 6:40pm

I just did something unbelievably stupid! I was restoring my saved stickies after a fresh install, but instead of choosing the "Restore" option I clicked on "Backup." Before I knew it, I had written over my backup folder with blank essentially. That's years of stickies. Is there even a remote possibility that I can restore my stickies?
Re: Overwrote my backup folder
Post by eef on Apr 10th, 2017, 06:20am

The only remote possibility is to scan your harddrive(s) for a store.mdb in the hope somehow in the past it was copied somewhere....


I would use " everything search tool " if you have NTFS formatted disks , it does not need indexing but reads the MFT directly so it only takes seconds to go through all harddisks. (and is freeware see Wikipedia )

https://www.voidtools.com/

I assume you checked stickies autobackup function if it was enabled? That would be a lifesaver........



Re: Overwrote my backup folder
Post by Tom Revell on Apr 10th, 2017, 12:07pm

Yes, I'd try to head towards your original data location in case the "backups" directory exists, and you can pull one of those out?

Where did the original directory come from - somewhere which itself might be backed up? If you right-click the folder, choose Properties and then Previous Version, is there anything there?

Tom
Re: Overwrote my backup folder
Post by jhumur on Apr 10th, 2017, 2:32pm

on Apr 10th, 2017, 06:20am, eef wrote:
The only remote possibility is to scan your harddrive(s) for a store.mdb in the hope somehow in the past it was copied somewhere....


I would use " everything search tool " if you have NTFS formatted disks , it does not need indexing but reads the MFT directly so it only takes seconds to go through all harddisks. (and is freeware see Wikipedia )

https://www.voidtools.com/

I assume you checked stickies autobackup function if it was enabled? That would be a lifesaver........




@eef, thank you very much for your feedback. It was more helpful than perhaps you realize. See my detailed response below. And, once again, Thank you!
Re: Overwrote my backup folder
Post by jhumur on Apr 10th, 2017, 2:43pm

on Apr 10th, 2017, 12:07pm, Tom Revell wrote:
Yes, I'd try to head towards your original data location in case the "backups" directory exists, and you can pull one of those out?

Where did the original directory come from - somewhere which itself might be backed up? If you right-click the folder, choose Properties and then Previous Version, is there anything there?

Tom


Hi, Tom! Reading through eef's and your responses, I had a moment of clarity and I realized that maybe not all was lost and that there was still one thing I could try. You see, this all happened in the process of upgrading my system SSD to a larger one, and I still have the old SSD completely intact! I also have a couple of external dock so I can mount old drive easily. So, here's my question: Where should I look? Is there a place in the APPDATA folder for example where Stickies stores some of this information, and which files should I looking for exactly? Thank you!