A user has deleted a file and sent it to his recycle bin. He then emptied his recycle bin.
He has not made any other changes since this to his pc. He has stated that a friend told him there is a way to recover this file even though it has already been deleted from the recycle bin, supposedly within Windows meaning not using any 3rd party software.
Just curious if anyone ever heard of this. Any 3rd party software suggestions are appreciated too.
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Set you msdos.sys file to not run scandisk automagically - you can really mess things up if this happens.
AutoScan=0 in the [Options] section.
Slave his HD to your machine and run it.
Alternatively - you could use something like norton's unerase or diskedit from a floppy boot if you know what you're doing. You'll of course want to be working from the original directory he deleted from - not RECYCLED
The closest thing I can think of within 'windows' (avoiding debug and hex editing) is an older DOS util called undelete - but I'd want to know the disk layout, size and FAT system before I'd recommend using that
If you get it back then you'll probably want to install the software from the first link on his machine for the future so he can recover your drive - now that you can afford to write to the disk. Actually, something like Easy Recovery Professional on his machine would be good for the future - but you can't install this until you recover what you want for fear of overwriting the data.
BTW - this isn't the software I use but I was looking around for something FREE and not requiring you to edit FAT's in hex etc.
Last edited by IMM; August 21st, 2002 at 02:43 PM.
BigFred - unlike norton's unerase (a recent one) I was leary of even mentioning undelete. While it will be fine on a floppy (fat12) or a disk partitioned fat16 (ignoring lfn issues)- it's not really fat32 enabled and likely to make a mess. If it is useable in this case and he boots with win98's io.sys etc. - he will also have to manually lock and unlock the drive - I'd stay away from it.
Last edited by IMM; August 22nd, 2002 at 03:07 AM.