I messed up by running a mv command on the entire contents of an old external drive to my Desktop without making a destination folder first.
sudo mv /my/external/path/* /home/myself/Desktop/
when instead I should have made a directory on Desktop first.
I wasn't thinking, and my Desktop was filling up behind my full screen terminal while I walked away unbeknownst to me. I had 3 important folders on it (School, Dev Projects, and CODE), all of them with many subdirectories. Well, they're gone, and I cannot find them. To compound the situation, I didn't realize that my computer didn't have enough space to complete the job, so not everything was copied.
If I did not manually delete these folders, where could they have gone? I checked /home/myself/.local/share/Trash/files and found nothing.
grep -nr "Some_Folder_or_File_Names"
on the newer external I copied to, and found nothing.
If these folders are lost, I just lost over a year of development projects and school material.