Post pandemic, I had a desktop and laptop assigned to me. I always preferred the desktop as laptop seemed too slow compared to desktop.
But in mid-March 2020, everything changed, the desktop was left alone in office and the neglected laptop become the primary workhorse.
While migrating my work from desktop to laptop, I dumped few things on my desktop and as i was in the habit of have a version-controlled desktop,
I did these two commands.
git init git add *
As soon as the command completed, I realized, I do not want to git control some of the files, so instinctually did this.
git reset --hard
This deleted all the files on the desktop. At this I realized my stupid mistake. The quarter worth of work was deleted from the desktop. I checked recycle bin and there was nothing.
After a frantic and panic driven hour, finally did find the solution and got back my accidentally deleted files
git fsck --lost-found
Now go to .git/lost-found folder and you should see the files, but they will be hashed. Need to save them individually
So next day was spent looking the lost-found folder and restoring the files, which essentially meant renaming the folder and files and getting them out of this lost-found folder.
Glad to have found this, otherwise, the first few weeks of the pandemic were destined to be recreating the work done in January and February.