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recovering from recycle bin

by kelsloan / August 16, 2004 6:27 AM PDT

how can i retrieve something that has not only been sent to my recycle bin, but has been deleted from there? i know it has to be SOMEWHERE on my computer, but not sure how to get to it. any help would be much appreciated. Dell Dimension 4100 with Windows ME.

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by Ray Harinec / August 16, 2004 6:33 AM PDT

But first stop using your computer. Your system has marked that file space as available for use. So anything that you do may use some or all of those clusters and overwrite the data that you want.

Use one of the recovery programs that can be run from a floppy.

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Re: recovering from recycle bin
by Kees Bakker / August 16, 2004 6:35 AM PDT

It might still be somewhere there, but it might just as well been overwritten by another file, and then the information is gone forever. The longer ago deleted, the less likely it can be recovered, as you will understand.

A program found on claims to help (but I wouldn't be surprised if it's in demo mode unless you pay for it). Otherwise, study the results of to see if you can find anything more suitable or better or cheaper.

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Programs, free and otherwise
by TONI H / August 16, 2004 7:29 AM PDT

Shareware Data Recovery Tools:

DIR.ZIP = Digital Image Recovery V. 1.47
RESCUE_DISK.ZIP = Emergency Recovery for Windows Drive
RESCUE 18b.ZIP = Data Recovery for other drives V 1.8
HELP18.ZIP = Help files V 1.8

The programs listed above are all for FAT32 ONLY and will not work on NTFS systems.


Try Their program has a FREE PREVIEW option so you can see what files can be recovered before you decide to purchase.


First download the demo version - this will reveal what files are recoverable.
If what you need is recoverable, pop the $50 for the software and recover your files


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Freeware Data Recovery Tool:

PC INSPECTOR(tm) File Recovery by CONVAR

PC INSPECTOR(tm) File Recovery is a FREE data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems. Files accidentally deleted or any data from a formated hard disk, Zip, Jaz or floppy disk, can be recovered along with original folder names and file Create and Modified dates within minutes.

To be able to use PC INSPECTOR? File Recovery 3.x you need a working WINDOWS? System. Never install the current version on the drive from which you intend to recover data! The software must be installed and run on a second, independent drive.



Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin by mistake. Conversely, delete files completely.

[OS] Windows 95 Windows 98 Windows Me Windows NT Windows 2000 Windows XP
IBM-PC/AT Compatible PC [Author] Brian Kato


REST2514.EXE 193 KB

Also here:

Restore files which are deleted from the recycle bin or deleted while holding down the Shift key by mistake. Conversely, this program has another function that makes it almost impossible to restore all deleted files. You can use it after deletion of confidential documents, embarrassing files and so on.

You don't have to install it, so it doesn't leave any garbage in the PC. (You can also run it from a floppy disk.)



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