I got a new compute recently with Windows Premium Home on it. As part of the initial setup, I was prompted as to whether I wanted backups performed. I thought, "Sure, sound like a good idea". I went ahead and did an initial backup and scheduled others. The drive I indicated where the backups could go is a Free Agent external hard drive. I figured the backup would just create a folder or system of folders to put the backups in. The external hard drive had 7 years of family photos, music files, etc. already on it. I had no idea that the backup would touch these, and when I went to look for them I believe I've found that the backup utility erased them all. I'm heartbroken over this, for they were the only copies. Is there any way to recover some or all of them? I'm trying a recovery utility called Recuva and using deep scan....if that does not work I can go to professional recovery people, but I just have to recover them, or a huge chunk of my family's life in photos is gone.
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*original title - Windows 7 backup used a external hard drive. Prexisting files on that drive I can no longer find. Did the backup utility delete them, and if so can they be recovered?*