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Is there a way to recover accidentally deleted files in XP?

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July 14, 2011 1:10:17 PM

I accidentally deleted important files from my drive. I already deleted
them from the trash bin as well, anything I can do to restore them?
July 15, 2011 3:55:09 AM

kumar48 said:
I accidentally deleted important files from my drive. I already deleted
them from the trash bin as well, anything I can do to restore them?


They can be recovered but don't use the system where the files were as they can be overwritten, making them unrecoverable (especially if you install programs or save files to it -- even browsing can overwrite as files are sometimes downloaded, saved and deleted for content in the web site).

The files are still on your drive, marked as "free space" but if you save files or do anything that could cause file writes (like web surfing), you run the risk of having the free space written over and that makes it A LOT harder to recover the files.

Go to this site: http://www.diskeeper.com/home-use/emergency-undelete/ a nd get "Emergency Undelete" (if possible, download it using another machine and place it in a flash drive or disk).

Run Emergency Undelete from the flash drive or disk on the PC that has the files and follow the directions (don't install anything yet -- simply run the "Emergency Undelete").

Follow the directions and you will recover your files.


Bill R TechSpec
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July 15, 2011 4:16:29 AM

Saga Lout said:


Try Recuva from http://www.piriform.com (the CCleaner people) or Restoration 2514 from http://www.win-freeware.com/REST2514.htm - both are pretty effective, easy to use and free of charge.




Recuva is fantastic. And yes, do this now as Bill is correct, the more you use the computer, the less chance you have of recovering the files.
July 15, 2011 7:32:59 AM

You can get back your files and data which you accidentally deleted with the help of an efficient data recovery software, i will suggest you to use Kernel for fat and ntfs file recovery software, which recover my data after a accidental format of hard disk. It has a user friendly interface in which it preview the deleted or lost or corrupted data and then you have the choice to save all or some selective files to your location. For more details go to http://www.filerecoverysoftware.net
July 15, 2011 7:53:44 AM

Alaskan_IT said:
Recuva is fantastic. And yes, do this now as Bill is correct, the more you use the computer, the less chance you have of recovering the files.




To which I add something I should have posted before - don't recover to the same drive they were stored on before - it reduces the likelihood of success. Use flash drives or another hard disk or external if you possibly can.

January 31, 2012 1:14:53 PM

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