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By sgcpenny8 ·
appreciate some help- a user has deleted files from My Documents and empty from Recycle Bin, on Wins XP Prof, is there anyway he can recover any of those deleted files? thanks for yr assistance.

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by Neil Cotton In reply to recover deleted files

It depends what has been done since. If it was "Empty Recyle Bin" WOOOPS....errr....right..lets not touch it...then you can get some recovery tools that will (some of the time) be able to restore files. Some of these require no files NEW files to have been created, some require that NO action at all...not even a reboot has accured since. How long ago was it, and what has been done since.

There is a tool from PCTools called File Recover, I don't know if you have to pay for it now, cause it comes part of a defenately costing software pack named, handily PCTools, you used to be able to get the File Recover tool on its own. Even if you have to puy it, it will be relatively cheap, unless things have changed dramatically. Try this site....http://www.pctools.com or alternatively just search on google for "deleted file recovery" or on download.com there will be sme free tools out there somewhere...but this one is the bst i know of.

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to recover deleted files

Try iolo - search recover. you have to pay for program but ot will 60% of time recover lost files
on win2k/xp systems.
*** If you have disturbed the drive files were deleted from in any way (defrag, added programs,
removed programs, added deleted or changed files) since the empty; do not expect even moderate success. WinXP is constantly writing to the harddisk so I hope you partitioned and moved mydocuments off the xp partition when the system
was set up.

regards rick

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by Neil Cotton In reply to recover deleted files

Like I said...even rebooting can be a problem, as can getting on with normal usage doing anything, as the page file will just overwrite pretty much the whole of your left over disk in a very fragmented way. My advice would be..... if you can afford the cost of a backup server with either massive raid...or some tape drives and some nice backup software.....depends on the cost of ownership versus cost of data. Is it an mp3, or a picture of the mountains they have lost.

If this is a home user.....I would advise like a scheduled daily backup of the "c:\documents and settings" folder to either another location (you can just do an Xcopy with a scheduled script), or even to a re-writable DVD that you could even leave in the drive tray all the time (unless you need to use the drive at all)

You could even script the xcopy to do daily renames....so say you could run it daily.....so 7 folders would be created....on the 7th day the 7th folder is renamed to "WeekBeginning051012" and the rest are deleted....then you will get another 7 files...then the 7th one of the next week will be renamed to "WeekBeginning051019"....so you know have daily backups for recent recoveries....and weekly backups for older ones....and without creaming up too much HDSpace. You could even turn this into months.

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by Neil Cotton In reply to recover deleted files

Just to check.....this doesn't happen to be conensedently co-inciding with him holding shift for some reason? Just a though. (shift-deletes) are permenant deletes, but with prompts.

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by Neil Cotton In reply to

1) I diudn't even post this comment in this thread.
2) I deffinately didn't do it twice

SORRY IF IT SEEMS CONFUSSING

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by Neil Cotton In reply to recover deleted files

Just to check.....this doesn't happen to be conensedently co-inciding with him holding shift for some reason? Just a though. (shift-deletes) are permenant deletes, but with prompts.

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by Neil Cotton In reply to

1) I diudn't even post this comment in this thread.
2) I deffinately didn't do it twice

SORRY IF IT SEEMS CONFUSSING

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to recover deleted files

First thing is to remove the Affected HDD. Fit it to another computer as a slave and then find a way to try to recover the accidentally deleted files.

Never use the drive that has had files deleted to write to as they will overwrite other files that you are trying to recover so you'll need to save the deleted files to another HDD this is why you remove the drive from the original computer

X Ways has a tool called Davory which you can download a trial copy which will recover the first 200 K of any file so you could try that to see if there is anything of these files left on the drive and if there is you can then buy the program I think it's about 43 Euros so it's fairly cheap. You can get a trial copy from here

http://www.x-ways.net/davory/index-m.html

They also have a tool called Win Hex but unless you are very familiar with Hex I wouldn't recommend it. They also have a Forensic recovery tool which you can read about here

http://www.x-ways.net/forensics/index-m.html

So even if the data has been over written it may still be possible to recover it but it will cost you both time & money.

Personally I'd be lifting the necessary files from the backup and altering them as necessary as it's faster and cheaper and if there is no Backup procedure in place you can use the above tools to recover the data and then instigate a Backup procedure so that next time you'll not have the expense to go through and the time wasted.

Col

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by Sue T In reply to recover deleted files

Try FreeUndelete which you can get at this site http://www.officerecovery.com/freeundelete/ I have used this tool with great success. It will run from a floppy, CD or flash drive so you do not have to install it and chance overwriting something. The best part is that it is free and it worked really great for me. Good Luck.

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by toptiger In reply to recover deleted files

This application has worked for me in the past. With the Recover4all? Software you can easily recover (undelete) files that were accidently deleted under Windows. It does not matter if the files went through the recycle bin (and have been lost since the bin was emptied) or were directly deleted. The program is fast and very easy to use. The deleted files can be restored with a few mouseclicks. To prevent files that were already deleted from becoming overwritten, Recover4all? does not require installation and can run directly from a floppy disk. web site : http://www.recover4all.com/

Good Luck

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