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How do you undelete a shredded/overwritten file?

by silverwisp / December 29, 2009 5:00 AM PST

I just ogt a new computer and transferred a fodler to it. After that I used file shredder to shred my free disk space. When it finished I went into the folder and it was empty. So, how can recover this folder. I tried alot of software and nothing has worked.

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Seems Like You Could Just Transfer It Again..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / December 29, 2009 5:07 AM PST

Use the original transfer media to copy it to the Vista machine again.. Unfortunately, once the file has been shredded/wiped/written over, you might as well consider it gone.

Hope this helps.


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You can't
by Jimmy Greystone / December 29, 2009 6:23 AM PST

You can't, and that's the whole point of overwriting/shredding/etc. It's not supposed to be recoverable.

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As already stated your BEST BET would be to once again ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 29, 2009 10:04 AM PST

copy the files from the original location onto the new computer and avoid "file shredders" until you fully understand what you are doing.

If you can't copy the files from the original location for some reason (maybe you shredded them too?) you are left with the option of contacting one of the companies that deal with clean room data recovery and for (depending on drive size) several hundreds or several thousands of dollars they will ATTEMPT to recover what they can - even with multiple overwrites this thing called residual magnetism sometimes allows partial data recovery.

It all boils down to the value of the data and knowing what you are doing BEFORE you do it.

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