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How to recover accidentally deleted files

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How to recover accidentally deleted files

syedali1975
Hi,
I am just wondering if some one knows how to recover accidentally deleted files or folders. It happened to me and I am sure it happened to lot of others that we delete some files and later realize that we shouldnt have deleted it.
More over the irony is I have a habit of shift+delete which will lost the files or permanentally delete the files.

I know my friend gave me softwares of which some are free which will recover the files for you, but I am just curious that, those softwares uses some registry entries or something out of the system itself to recover the files, so is there any way we can do it for ourslelf to recover the lost files without using any software??
I believe even shift+delete will not permanently deletes the file unless system reboots and just deleted files will not get deleted permanently unless we later clear the system.

Any help would be appreciated, dont give me free software websites which can recover lost files I know lot of them.

I am using Windows Vista/XP Pro OS.

Thanks in advance.
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Jacky Howe
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used Shift+Del to delete the files you will not be able to recover them without Recovery Software. If you continue to use the PC you have less chance of Recovery as they will be overwritten. If you are going to Recover them yourself you are better off removing the Drive from the PC and connecting it to another PC as a Slave or in a USB Caddy.

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mamies
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and i believe TuneUp Utilities 2008 has a trial version that will allow you to recover documents. I know it works in the fiull version but am unsure about the trial.

Good luck and I hope this helps

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.Martin.
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more or less I will tell you how a hard rive and delete works, but it goes as such:

at the start of the hard drive (that space on the drive that is not accessible and as said by the manufacturer 'pre-installed software'), there is a 'table of contents', it is easiest to say, on this table is every file in your hard drive, with it's space on the hard drive, and on the computer(ie. what folder it is in). Now when you delete a certain file on the hard drive (to the recycle bin), all that changes on this table is the location, ie. C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\My Documents\file.exe to Recycle Bin\file.exe (or wherever recycle bin is), if you shift+delete, or when you empty the recycle bin, all that is done is the address of the file on the computer is deleted from the table, and Windows/Linux/OSX consider it free space.

now comes the hard part... your file may or may not still be there. due to factors like putting new files onto the computer, and defragmenting your computer, the files may be gone... this is why: when the file is deleted, the data is actually not, it's binary values on the hard drive, and address on the hard drive are still present on the hard drive, that is until they are written over. this is done when new files are put onto the computer, all of which want to be 'first in line' on the hard drive. so if files are added to the computer the old binary data can be wiped off the hard drive, meaning the files can not be recovered.

as for recovering files, yes you will have to use software to do that.

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syedali1975
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Martin,
Thanks for sharing the inside of the delete process which was really helpful.
I know I have recovered files several times using the software but could not able to do using registry entries or something.

I think its very difficult to recover the files once they are deleted without using software.

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rahouseholder
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It is impossible to recover files without using software. The file's location is stored on the drive and not in Windows.

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nkululeko
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Can someone tell me what free software can i use to recover a 4gig pst file which was deleted by mistake

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cmiller5400
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You opened your own thread, post there!!!

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coco212
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hi, I think it is difficult to recover them without software, although you deleted only the data but the system also stored them. I don't know if there is freeware to do this, but I used the recovery software demo version to scan my disk and it displayed all data I deleted including emptied from Recycle Bin. You could try and get a fair idea if you could recover. There is a page http://www.easeus.com/resource/recover-deleted-recycle-bin-files.htm, and I wish it will help you. Please note don't rewrite on the partition you want to recover.

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gina222114
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1. when the deletion happened, stop putting more files to the storage devices.
2. Find a useful and effective recovery software to help you.
http://www.digitalmedia-recovey.com/

Notice: Never install the software on the drive from which you want to recover data, also never save any data on the same drive from which you are recovering data.

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gina222114
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1. when the deletion happened, stop putting more files to the storage devices.

2. Find a useful and effective recovery software to help you.
http://www.digitalmedia-recovey.com/

Notice: Never install the software on the drive from which you want to recover data, also never save any data on the same drive from which you are recovering data.