Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Chi227, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. Chi227

    Chi227 Guest

    I have deleted several IE Favorite folders, along with individual Favorities.
    I went to the Recycle Bin to see if I could restore them, but they were not
    there. Does this mean they are gone forever, or is there another place I
    could look for them? Is it possible to use a third-party recover program to
    get them back, and if so, where should I use it to find the deleted files?
    Chi227, Sep 6, 2008
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    Easiest thing is to go back to the websites and make new Favorites.
    Leonard Grey, Sep 6, 2008
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  3. They're gone and your SOL.
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Sep 6, 2008
  4. Chi227

    Chi227 Guest

    Thanks to you both.

    As for your suggestion that I return to the sites and re-acquire my
    favorites -- DUH ??? -- if I could remember all of them I would. I made them
    Favorites so I wouldn't need to remember the sites. didn't you read my post?
    I deleted *FOLDERS* (plural, more than one).

    For my MS MVP, PA Bear, your response that I am SOL is so typical of MS
    products and people, it's not hard to see why you have risen to the top of
    their shallow gene pool. Truely: it is always better to look good than to do

    Thank you both again
    Chi227, Sep 10, 2008
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    Alan Edwards Guest

    There is not usually another place, assuming you don't have a backup.

    You may have a slim chance with a third-party recover program.
    I use this:
    Restoration 2.5.14 Freeware undelete:

    Alan Edwards, Sep 10, 2008
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    Gordon Guest

    The first rule of Computing - Backup, Backup, backup.
    The second rule of computing - there IS no second rule.

    (Apologies to Monty Python....)
    Gordon, Sep 10, 2008
  7. SOL = They're gone forever

    Compare to burning your English 101 notebook.

    MS MVPs do not work for Microsoft nor do we represent Microsoft.

    Have a /wonderful/ day!
    PA Bear [MS MVP], Sep 10, 2008
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    Leonard Grey Guest

    Lol...You delete your Favorites, you don't backup, and it's our fault
    you can't recover your Favorites.

    That's like Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall and then blaming all the
    king's horses and all the kings men because they couldn't put HD back
    together again.

    Both of you are cracked.
    Leonard Grey, Sep 10, 2008
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    Chi227 Guest

    Oh really?
    I thought: SOL = Sh*t Out of Luck.

    It must try your patience so much to be surrounded with so many people who
    don't know *EVERYTHING* like you do.

    It amazes still how people find humor in other people's mistakes. We're
    supposed to be here to learn from each other, or am I wrong on that account
    as well?

    You may not work for MicroSoft, but you sure act like it.

    Make it a great day: revel in your perfection.
    Chi227, Sep 27, 2008
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    Chi227 Guest

    Yes, I accidently deleted my favorites. Yes, I didn't back up. I never said
    you were to blame for that. I asked for help in attempting to recover them,
    and you found fun in my situation. I don't see the humor in it. Are you 11
    years old or something?
    Chi227, Sep 27, 2008
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    Chi227 Guest


    Thank you for posting a response. I was not able to recover them, but I have
    found your recommendation of Restoration very useful. I appreciate you taking
    the time to mention it. I don't have my Favorites back, but this program
    works quite well.

    A bit of advice: back up your favorites before you install a bookmark manager.

    Thanks again ---

    Chi227, Sep 27, 2008
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    Chi227 Guest

    Didn't you mean 'you're', short for 'you are' ?

    Chi227, Sep 27, 2008
  13. This is in response to a posting on 06-Sep-08 by Chi22, who accidentally deleted some Favorites folders on Internet Explorer (shown at end of this email).

    I did the same this morning, and found and restored them as I'll explain below. I'm not a computer expert, and so did this on a necessity-is-the-mother-of-all-invention (as well as a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants) basis, but I hope it helps and that a member having response privileges can post it (and perhaps forward it on to Chi22, given the time lapse since his posting).

    First, I used the Search function within "My Computer" to locate any files containing .url in their names because it's my understanding that link files end in .url. All the deleted links were there. The next question was how to get them back into Favorites.

    Second, as it turned out, perhaps the deleted links were there because they weren't actually deleted, which brings me to my next suggestion. After painstakingly having found a way to copy each link to my internet address box one at a time so I could go into each site and then re-add it to my Favorites (I had done this only twice when I made the following discovery, thanks be), I somehow inadvertently opened one of my other Favorites folders and there was the lost folder, appearing as a subfolder with all its [original] links!

    I, therefore, humbly suggest that anyone in this predicament start by methodically checking within each of his or her Favorites folders and subfolders to be sure the lost folder(s) didn't accidentally get bumped into one of them (as I realized had been the case when I was trying to reorganize my Favorites this morning).

    It would seem to make sense to try this manual search for the lost ("deleted") folder(s) first. As a last resort, one can try the search on "My Computer" for .url files as noted above.

    I'm not a member of your group and don't know how to join (and don't know why you'd want a pure amateur mucking around on your advice board anyway), so this is sent with the fond wish that one of you will post it, and perhaps Chi22 and anyone else whose heart sinks on staring at a computer screen from which one or more Favorites folders have disappeared will benefit from it.

    Thank you for being there on the Internet where we, the unknowing, so dearly need your expertise.

    With warm regards,


    Original posting by Chi22:

    06-Sep-08 02:40:07

    I have deleted several IE Favorite folders, along with individual Favorites.
    I went to the Recycle Bin to see if I could restore them, but they were not
    there. Does this mean they are gone forever, or is there another place I
    could look for them? Is it possible to use a third-party recover program to
    get them back, and if so, where should I use it to find the deleted files?
    Susan Richardson, Dec 27, 2008
  14. [NNTP-Posting-Host: strikes again...if you
    couldn't tell already]

    PA Bear [MS MVP], Dec 27, 2008
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    Mairrunner Guest

    Thanks, Susan. This was a big help! I somehow accidentally moved my
    favorites into another folder and came here for help. Why the others
    couldn't be a tad more understanding and helpful is beyond me. May good
    karma shine upon you and your computer!

    Mairrunner, Feb 3, 2009
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    Alan Lodge Guest

    Thanks also, Susan, for giving hope in a panicky situation. I accidentally deleted an entire sub-directory of favourites (when I was trying to delete one entry in it). I followed your advice and did a search, in my case for a likely keyword from my deleted favourites, and found there was a directory on my machine called D:\RECYCLER (I'm on XP). Inside this were directories with huge meaningless names, and inside one of these were my fugitive favourites. I copied the lot, went back to IE, re-created my missing top level favourites directory with the right name, r-clicked Open, and pasted the favourites back into the explorer window that came up. My missing favourites are now back where they were.

    Thanks again!

    Alan Lodge, Nov 8, 2011
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    mhspindell Guest

    I occasionally read discussion room advise to confirm the obvious...but I have to ask, no offense, but what do you guys DO all day?
    mhspindell, Aug 20, 2013
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