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restoring files after emptying recycle bin

Aug 22, 2004 12:45PM PDT

Does anyone know how to restore a file after emptying the recycle bin (not how to restore one that's currently in the bin)? I accidently deleted something and didn't realize my mistake until after I had emptied my recycle bin. I know that windows doesn't actually erase the data until something else needs the space (or something like that), so I stll have hope.

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Re: restoring files after emptying recycle bin
Aug 22, 2004 8:10PM PDT

There is a prog called Directory Snooper (dirsnooper.exe) that can do this. But it is not freeware, but will be useful during the trial period.

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Re: restoring files after emptying recycle bin
Aug 23, 2004 12:14AM PDT
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Re: restoring files after emptying recycle bin
Aug 24, 2004 8:43AM PDT

If you are using XP, Excutive Software sells a program called UnDelete. Their website is http://www.executivesoftware.com.
You are correct in assuming that windows does not delete a file when you have deleted it from your system. The first character of the filename is changed to a ? and windows no longer recognizes that the program exists. If you have NOT written or deleted anything to your hard drive, you may be able to recover it using a program called Win Hex and change the ? back to the original first character.