Windows 10: Accidentally copied / moved some files: find out folders, files?

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  1.    04 Jun 2017 #11

    @Enter
    Did you try 'Undo Move' at the place of origin?

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  2. Posts : 76
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       04 Jun 2017 #12

    Thank you very much!

    What makes you think you have done something wrong, or incorrect? What triggered this question?
    Sorry, I am not quite sure, an Win copy or move message appeared. So there was transferred somehting.

    Try this: LastActivityView - View the latest computer activity in Windows operating system
    Many thanks for the link.

    I cannot find anything / a clue what could help:


    As to finding what was moved, first a questiono you have a system image you can re-image to?
    No, I don't.

    If not, then you might just have to look at each folder on your system, and see what might not belong where.
    Hmmm, well, so 100.000 of files...folders...manually....?...well...

    If you have a slight idea, then use windows search, but.
    I do not have.

    System Restore?
    Yes...a system restore would change / bring back / restore once's own files? And even if, I would suppose the files edited / changed, etc. since the last restore point would be restored then as well. But the transferred files are on I:, an external drive. So it would not work, I assume.

    Actually I had supposed there would be an easy way...there are so many protocolls, logs and whatever on Win...

    Many thanks again
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       04 Jun 2017 #13

    As to this part:

    As to finding what was moved, first a questiono you have a system image you can re-image to? No, I don't.

    Won't fix your immediate problem, but when you get fixed, put a backup plan in effect.

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       04 Jun 2017 #14

    if you know the date when it happened, the time too, would be better, search inside of file explore, here is an example:

    I created this folder for the test, then just looked for the change date:
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  5. Posts : 76
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       04 Jun 2017 #15

    Do you have any response to any of these posts?
    At the moment I have any idea, sorry.


    Any questions? More Info?
    Well, I myself do not have more information. Something was transferred, a message popped up. That's all I can remember, very sorry.

    Did you try 'Undo Move' at the place of origin?
    It happened in FreeCommander. And FreeCommander used - I guess - the Win move or copy function for that transfer. I had looks for such a undo option, but cannot find any. Where is it in Win 10, in Win Explorer?

    As to finding what was moved, first a questiono you have a system image you can re-image to? No, I don't.

    Won't fix your immediate problem, but when you get fixed, put a backup plan in effect.

    Macrium Reflect Free | Macrium Software
    Many thaks for the link. But...actually I cannot imagine at the moment how an image could help. One would have to manually check many files, the ones which have changed, were moved, copied since the last back up / image. Or am I missing anything?

    if you know the date when it happened, the time too, would be better, search inside of file explore, here is an example:
    Yes, at about 2:20 PM today, about an hour ago.

    Ah, yes, file time and date of the destination items are changed when transferring an item. I will try it, good idea.
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       04 Jun 2017 #16

    I really know what it's like believe me.

    On my laptop, when it had Windows 7, and I was using the built in backup to create my weekly system images, I once moved the folder by accident, while browsing using the Navigation Pane and the damn track pads tap function did a drag & drop of the backup folder into another folder. I didn't know which one, because the nav pane automatically expands on mouse over. Plus I only found out after repeated fails when backing up, because the backup folder cannot be backed up, and causes a loop error(a backup of a backup of a backup, et infinitum...
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  7. Posts : 76
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       04 Jun 2017 #17

    I really know what it's like believe me.

    On my laptop, when it had Windows 7, and I was using the built in backup to create my weekly system images, I once moved the folder by accident, while browsing using the Navigation Pane and the damn track pads tap function did a drag & drop of the backup folder into another folder. I didn't know which one, because the nav pane automatically expands on mouse over. Plus I only found out after repeated fails when backing up, because the backup folder cannot be backed up, and causes a loop error(a backup of a backup of a backup, et infinitum...
    Yes, unbelievable what can happen...

    But, (I guess) I made it, I found the files (created at that time), obviously there were copied, they were equal by content.

    So, UltraFileSearch seems to be a good, fast program (with date / time filter, creation time, modification, etc.) for such accidents. And to make a file / folder list respectively an image (list, not of the content) of your system one can use "Cathy" the fastest / best catalog program I know.

    Very many thanks for your great help!
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       04 Jun 2017 #18

    Enter said: View Post
    Yes, unbelievable what can happen...

    But, (I guess) I made it, I found the files (created at that time), obviously there were copied, they were equal by content.

    So, UltraFileSearch seems to be a good, fast program (with date / time filter, creation time, modification, etc.) for such accidents. And to make a file / folder list respectively an image (list, not of the content) of your system one can use "Cathy" the fastest / best catalog program I know.

    Very many thanks for your great help!
    Don't forget to investigate that Macrium backup. It will save you heartaches down the road.
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       04 Jun 2017 #19

    Enter said: View Post
    Yes, unbelievable what can happen...

    But, (I guess) I made it, I found the files (created at that time), obviously there were copied, they were equal by content.

    So, UltraFileSearch seems to be a good, fast program (with date / time filter, creation time, modification, etc.) for such accidents. And to make a file / folder list respectively an image (list, not of the content) of your system one can use "Cathy" the fastest / best catalog program I know.

    Very many thanks for your great help!
    You're welcome

    The idea actually came to me, when I was in the shower, as the good ones(ideas) usually do, for many people)
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  • Posts : 17,713
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       04 Jun 2017 #20

    Just a thought. If you are using Free Commander there is a history of folders you have visited. Folder->History. This may give you a clue
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