I had to reinstall Windows 10 on a SSD, so copied all of the SSD's files onto another drive. I disconnected all the drives in my PC before reinstalling windows on the SSD, but because I'm an idiot, I accidentally reconnect the backup drive instead of the SSD.
I deleted the partitions on what I thought was my SSD, but was instead the backup drive. I realized my mistake before starting the installation process, and turned off the PC. Unfortunately, because I assume I deleted the partitions, windows didn't recognize the drive at first (which I fixed), but showed the drive as being empty. The normal recuva scan didn't work, but I did a deep scan that, after several hours, found tens of thousands of files. I saved those files onto another drive (because I wasn't sure if I should "put them back" where they were on the affected drive).
Issue is now the folder on another drive that I placed all of these recovered files is just a run-on list that will take me days to go through. Is that normal? The files are not in any semblance of a Windows folder structure - just one super-long list.
My questions are:
1. I thought Recuva's deep scan allowed me to put the files elsewhere. Am I mistaken? Are the recovered files the only "copies" and is there nothing at all on the drive that I was trying to recover?
2. If so, should I do the Deep Scan once again and put them instead on the actual drive that they came from?
3. Is there any way to work with these tens of thousands of files (e.g. put them in the original folders from whence they came?)
4. Is there a way to fix my problem?
Thanks in advance.