Recovering deleted files?


  1. Posts : 48
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    Recovering deleted files?


    I like a 25 year old game called Masters of Orion. It is okay to make fun of me; my sons certainly do.
    It crashes from time to time, but if you start it up again and tell it to continue it will resume the game a few turns back. I suffer from ADD and dyslexia and have a tendency to tell it to start a new game instead of continuing. I then lose my old game that I was well into.

    Years ago I had (I think) PCTools that had an undelete function. I could then just undelete my old game and continue it. I have recently tried a few undelete programs, but I get like 28,000 deleted files, but not my games. Is there a free software that would work like PCTools did? I told it to look for *.gam files and it would come up with a bunch; the most recent date/time would be the one I want.

    Thanks much.
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  2. CountMike's Avatar
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    Toller said:
    I like a 25 year old game called Masters of Orion. It is okay to make fun of me; my sons certainly do.
    It crashes from time to time, but if you start it up again and tell it to continue it will resume the game a few turns back. I suffer from ADD and dyslexia and have a tendency to tell it to start a new game instead of continuing. I then lose my old game that I was well into.

    Years ago I had (I think) PCTools that had an undelete function. I could then just undelete my old game and continue it. I have recently tried a few undelete programs, but I get like 28,000 deleted files, but not my games. Is there a free software that would work like PCTools did? I told it to look for *.gam files and it would come up with a bunch; the most recent date/time would be the one I want.

    Thanks much.
    I don't think you can retrieve it like that. Starting new game overwrites old settings and saves, there's nothing that can reverse that. One way would be to back up all .gam files every time you finish a part of the game and than restore them to default place. That may or may not work depending on the way game works so next step could be to copy whole game to safe place and restore in case of trouble.
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  3. Lugh's Avatar
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    Toller said:
    Masters of Orion
    Great game, my compliments on your refined and sophisticated taste :)

    Unless I'm missing something, the Windows Recycle Bin will do what you want.

    Right-click it, select one of the 'Open' choices, sort the files by date in descending order—newest date first—and your game file should be there at the top.

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    CountMike said:
    I don't think you can retrieve it like that. Starting new game overwrites old settings and saves, there's nothing that can reverse that.
    Ah, you snuck in under cover :)

    I agree, that's my thought too, I'm not aware of games deleting files—but then again, that was 25 years ago.

    Toller, my guess is that PCTools ran a regular backup for you, so you could always find a recent game copy in its archives—like what CountMike suggests.

    If I had your situation, I'd ask someone to write a little 'Batch File' which would do the following:

    Start MOO;
    On you quitting MOO, run a file backup of the folder where MOO saves its savegame;
    Quit.

    Make a desktop shortcut to the Batch File, and you're done—launch MOO from the shortcut in future.
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  4. SIW2's Avatar
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    I get like 28,000 deleted files, but not my games. Is there a free software that would work like PCTools did? I told it to look for *.gam files
    edit : It is Wise Data Recovery

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    Wise Data Recovery - Freeware to Recover Deleted Files from FAT, exFAT, NTFS disk.
    Last edited by SIW2; 19 May 2019 at 03:13.
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