So the scenario is this, I had a 'folder' in my C: drive labeled "Job Files" that had several other 'folders' in it, in each subsequent 'folder' were several different types of 'files' (.doc, .xls, .jpg). I was in the process of rearranging some things and must have deleted that 'Job Files' folder. It is gone, even the shortcut on my desktop says that the path is no longer valid. (It is not in the recycle bin).
Although I can't recall a specific file that was in there, I have run several recover programs (pc inspector, free undelete and file scavenger 3.2) All of these programs find several files that were deleted from previous things, none of them can find any of the files that were in that 'folder'.
I did a small test, deleted another 'folder' with contents that I knew the exact name of one of the files (steel 1.pdf for example). I ran all of the above recovery programs and they cannot find that any form of that PDF file, I did a search for steel, 1, *.pdf, nothing. So even an event as recent of that is undetectable with the tools I have.
So in my mind, I think that since the whole 'folder' was deleted, it is masking the contents of this 'folder' to the recover programs. The sad part is that it is not in the 'recycle bin' so I didn't even get a second chance at recovery!
Is my logic sound? Is there any way to recover a 'folder' or any of its contents? Am I really up the creek?