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30 Jun 2021, 12:42 pm

I've accidentally moved a couple of files on my USB drive. How do I find which ones they are , and restore them to their original folder?


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30 Jun 2021, 12:58 pm

Are you able to search by "Most Recent" or "Date Added" ?



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30 Jun 2021, 1:23 pm

^ I can't see any way of doing so.


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30 Jun 2021, 1:40 pm

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I'm on Mac. If I open a folder on my desktop I see this menu, above all the files.
I can click "Date Modified" to put the files in chronological or reverse chronological order.



There's also this:
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I went in Finder and used that dropdown with all the little squares.

Sorry I'm no expert and I don't know the proper vocabulary, but that's what I would do.

I don't know if you're on Mac, though?



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30 Jun 2021, 3:05 pm

^ I have a Windows computer. I can arrange by 'date modified' but have no idea as to which folder the files were moved to.


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01 Jul 2021, 5:15 am

you just have to to go through each file and read it. When you find the one/ones you want you can THEN rename it/them a new name that makes sense to you so you find them the next time. And maybe put those files into a logically named folder.



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01 Jul 2021, 6:29 am

Thanks all of you. I've gone through my folders, and can find no indication of any recently moved file.


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08 Jul 2021, 6:18 am

When you add/remove files to/from a folder, date modified of this folder is updated. I don't have windows machine here, but FWIK you should be able to use search in root folder of your USB drive in file explorer to limit search results to type: Folder and sort by: date modified. Couple most recently modified folders supposed to the ones to/from files were moved.



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08 Jul 2021, 7:16 am

Can see no way of doing that.


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08 Jul 2021, 7:44 am

firemonkey wrote:
Can see no way of doing that.

What is your windows version?
If I would have a windows machine with the same version of Windows as yours, I would guide you step-by-step, but I don't.

If I remember correctly, at least in Windows 10 there supposed to be a search field at the top of files explorer window with magnifying glass symbol. You can type something like "kind:folder" or "kind:folders" and select to search only your USB drive from dropdown to the left, then sort results by "date modified". You might need to enable some option in system settings for this syntax to work.



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08 Jul 2021, 9:21 am

I have Windows 10.


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08 Jul 2021, 9:28 am

I'm very unfamiliar with Windows but I'll try asking a few people who might know it.

If you know what type of file you're looking for .DOC, .JPG., .XLS (<<-- Excel, whatever it's called), you can go into the search bar of the USB and just type ".DOC" or the the extension type. It should at least bring up all the files of that "type" and then it might give you a drop down or another way to sort the results by date modified?

Wow I'm bad at computer terminology ^ - I hope that makes sense.



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08 Jul 2021, 9:31 am

The problem is I have no idea what file type it was. What you say does make sense.


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08 Jul 2021, 9:34 am



Does this help?

You started this thread on 30 June, so maybe it will show you how to find files from that date?



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08 Jul 2021, 9:50 am

firemonkey wrote:
The problem is I have no idea what file type it was. What you say does make sense.

You should search not files, but recently modified folders. When you move a file into a folder, "date modified" field of this folder is updated.

Follow these instructions to enable search index and "enhanced" search for your USB drive: How to search other drives from Windows search on Windows 10

Wait until indexing is complete.

Open top level folder of your USB drive in File Explorer.

In search field with magnifying glass icon at the top right of the window type: "kind:folders"

Then sort search results by "date modified"

Most recently modified folders should be the folders to which or from which any files where recently moved or deleted.