Help needed: after Atom updated, I lost a folder with my work/scripts in it


I’ll admit to being fairly new to Atom/python, and hopefully my inexperience is the culprit. This is my first post, but I’ve searched and searched and not found an answer.

About a month ago, I wrote a nice little script that did what I needed it, and I set it to run periodically on my computer. Today I opened atom and worked on my script (which was perhaps foolishly saved in C:\Users\My.Name\AppData\Local\atom\app-1.23.0). When I subsequently tried to access the folder from file explorer or run the script, I got the message that the location was not accessible. So I closed atom and reopened, and when I did so, my folder vanished, and atom had updated to 1.23.3. And now my work is nowhere to be found! Is there any way to restore it? I’ve searched everywhere I can think of, but I don’t know what to do. So disheartening…


If you take your computer to a data retrieval specialist, they might be able to find it. Nothing’s ever really deleted until it gets overwritten.


Hey DamnedScholar, thanks for the note - it was a great tip to something I hadn’t thought of! Instead of finding the file hidden somewhere, I was able to restore the folder, copy it and rename it as something else, and viola, I’m back in business. Sometimes the the most obvious solution is just sitting there staring you in the face. :slight_smile: Appreciate it.



And yes, in the future, storing your data in the same place as a program is installed is a bad idea. Atom is an unusual case where the whole application folder changes on an update, but this is a good policy to use in general. I have all of my personal files on a separate hard drive from where most of the programs are installed.