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Recover deleted items from a backup

By bpalacios ·
I wanted to know if it was possible to recover deleted items from a backup copy of a hard drive. for example if I had a file I was working on, and I deleted it, then I made a complete image of the hard drive could I use file recovery software on the image to restore the deleted file.

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by saihib In reply to Recover deleted items fro ...

You should be able to recover it assuming that the area on the hard drive where the file resided prior to deletion was not overwritten by another program.

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by bpalacios In reply to Recover deleted items fro ...

yes but what if the backup I have is in the form of a CD or DVD

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by bpalacios In reply to Recover deleted items fro ...

I understand that would work if I was trying to recover using the original hard drive, but what if I have a backup on a dvd and install that backup on a different hard drive.

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by cmiller5400 In reply to Recover deleted items fro ...

Most likely not. Depending on the software you used to back up the system, such as Ghost, or Acronis True Image, they do a sector level backup of the file. They do not include "white space" of the drive, such as deleted files. The only way you MAY be able to do this is, is if you did a sector copy of the drive/partition. And this would be sketchy

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Recover deleted items fro ...

If you have a Backup on DVD made prior to the deletion of the file it should be present when you use the DVD to restore the Drive.

But if you've made the DVD Backup after the event then most likely you'll be unable to recover the file.

For any form of DATA RECOVERY you should always use the original Media to recover from and save to a different drive to prevent over writing of any deleted data.

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