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Q: Help recovering deleted backup files

Hello Everyone,

I am new to the form and in some very desperate need of help!

I backed up my computer a while ago using the Windows 7 back up feature onto a 1TB drive that I have. I then switched over to windows 8.1 and was not thinking and deleted my back up from windows 7. I have majority of the files but there are some files that I am trying to recover via "Recuva". I am trying to recover a my engagement video that I recorded, .mov file. It says that is excellent state and then I recover it, how when I recover it there is no video, the sound is all messed up, and the movie is 6 hr long. It seems that I am recovering a file that windows coded/encrypted because it was a backup file. Is there any way to recover a windows back up file that was deleted?

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A: Help recovering deleted backup files

Try PhotoRec to recover the file and check whether it is error-free. I have atleast one report from a user here stating while most other recovery software did a bad job with media files with lots of fudge, PhotoRec recovered those clean.The scan may take a longtime. Do not lose your patience.

Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

(Just follow the steps under the heading Recovery)

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I'm not sure where this topic fits, so please move if not appropriate.

My son damaged his mac beyond repair, so I took out the hard drive to recover files for him. Being inexperienced with macs, I inadvertently deleted some of his files (music files of course). I decided the better way to do things was to get software which would read the mac (now external) hard drive on my windows 7 pc, which I did, so I was then able to copy the remaining files to my computer. However, there still is the issue of the deleted files, which I would like to recover if possible.

I started looking at software (I'd like something free as this is a one-time operation), but then I realized I didn't know if I could find a program that would work on my pc to recover deleted files on a mac hard drive. So my question is:

Will pc data recovery software recover deleted files on a mac external hard drive? (if so, is there any such software available for free?)
Or, is the only way to do this is to get mac software and use a mac to recover deleted files from the mac external hard drive?
Or, is there another solution I haven't thought of?


A:Recovering deleted files

You could try Recuva. This says for Mac http://www.brothersoft.com/downloads/recuva-for-mac.html

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I had a program that somehow deleted all of my files on my desktop. Is there anyway I can restore the computer files? I have tried restoring to a previous time but a blue screen keeps popping up that says the computer can't restart manually.This is the another screen that pops up saying that the computer is repairing itself.

A:Recovering Deleted Files

@waltf13, welcome to the forum. If the computer doesn't boot, you may have deleted files necessary for this to happen.  There is a good chance that you won't be able to retreive your files.  You will most likely have to do a full System Recovery. Please click the Thumbs up + button if I have helped you and click Accept as Solution if your problem is solved.

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I know it is a long shot, but I had a paper I did for school back in December of 2009, and I deleted it from my computer after I turned it in. I now lost that original copy I got back, and I need the original document. Is there anyway to recover a word document from just before Christmas?

A:Recovering deleted files

As you said, in view of the long time, the odds are against you but try Recuva.
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

and it's free.

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Here's the story. I get a phone call from someone who had the missing NTLDR message. THey said they were on the phone with microsoft for hours. The person outsourced told them to do another install of Windows to get in so they can back up their files. They tell him to install to Windows1 instead of Windows. I guess the smart outsourced agent thought this wouldn't delete any files since my friend told him he has some very important documents on this hard drive. So he installs another Windows and guess what, his documents and settings get overwritten. Looks like these guys really know what they're talking about since any Microsoft person should know this happens no matter where you install Windows. Is there any way to recover this files?

A:Help with recovering deleted files

Did they perform a format when reinstalling Windows?

If not, the files should still be in C:\Documents and Settings

Or where else did they have the files stored?

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Alohy Tech friends,
please help me with some data recovery problems:
I have accidentally installed a program into my documents folder. I did remove said program using the uninstall option within 'programs and features' in the control panel. Sadly this action removed all my documents that where in the documents folder and not just the program itself. Apart from some save games from computer games I lost some very important text files as well as edited video files, audio recordings, audacity projects, cyberlink powerdirector projects, final mp3s I recorded and a few other things. The recordings and videos however are the huge problem, since those took hours and hours to create/record and I would really like to get them back.
Before we move on what I tried so far, this folder was on a separate partition (not the windows partition) of my 500gb SSD drive, which I use as main drive. I got another 1tg drive which I use for files and backups. Sadly, as always, the last backup is quite some time ago and I don't have the projects backed up yet. My operating system is windows 8.1 (64bit).
I checked my recycle bin but the missing files are not in there.
Knowing that there is programs to recover data I stopped all activity and checked the web. I found your website and downloaded the portable versions of Recuva and Puran File Recovery. Both seem to find loads of files when I do a scan and tell me that he have successfully recovered thousands of files. I saved those files to ... Read more

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Is it possible to recover files you have deleted? When I got my new computer, I accidently deleted some programs files that I still needed..(I'm a novice..)

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I just tried the following programs....
File Scavenger
Virtual Labs (or something like that)
Master UnEraser
Jpeg Recovery Tool

What happend was the other night I accidently deleted some pictures without realizing I wanted to keep some of them. A few of them were already on my C drive and one or two of them I had just downloaded from an attachment in yahoo mail. I deleted everything in my inbox and the trash was emptied already so I can't re d/l it.

A couple of the programs listed above were able to recover the picture I wanted but theres no picture lol. The thing is, everything else in the folder with that picture in it is able to recover and work fine. What luck lol. From what I've been reading, I see that files aren't permanently deleted from your system until you use a third party program or the files get overwritten. The file recovery programs say the chances of recovery for the file are good, but in a few of the programs when you look at the pics properties it says it may be corrupt.

So I guess what my question is, since I use firefox ( and it's safer than IE7 ) can I try and locate the cookie/url of the yahoo page from the other night? Can I view my download history for firefox even after I've "cleaned up" the download box and ran Ccleaner? With the file recovery programs I found some old webpages and was able to find a few semi recent pages but not the yahoo ones. How do I locate the yahoo cookies/temp internet files/urls I don�... Read more

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Yesterday I lost an important file and unfortunately I did not have it backed up. I have not written much to the HD since I lost the file. I am running Windows XP Pro. I understand there are a number of programs out there that can try to restore the missing file BUT I am also told that virtually all of them require the software to be installed FIRST. Does anyone know of any good file recovery programs that can be run for the first time after the file has been deleted? I would imagine the program needs to be able to excute from the CD or possibly from a web site. Installing such a program could obviously destroy the very data one may be trying to recover.

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Hi There,

I hope someone can help. I've just exported photos from my camera onto my PC. A message came up promting that I had file conflicts and in not so many words I could ignore or replace.

I clicked replace in error and I cannot restore the old photos. I haven't backed up the photos in question and they are not in my deleted items. I have run a system restore in the hope this may make a difference with no luck.

Does anyone know how to restore the lost photos?


A:Recovering Deleted Files

You could try Diskdigger.

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My Dad deleted a few powerpoint presentations the other day and I managed to recover them with GetBackData

Because it didn't show the files with their original names, I recovered all of the contents and went through them all and eventually found it. All of the other files were fully working and not corrupt.

I noticed that the size of the recovered files was about 3GB which I can't understand seeing as it came from a 2GB flash drive.

Can someone explain this phenomenon?

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! (I know it's a bit late, but I was away for christmas)



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Hi Tom,

For me, it's a few hours into the new day - a bit early, but not late at all. And Happy Holidays to you as well.

Chances are you recovered much more than was lost on this occasion - including data from months and maybe even years ago that was still on the drive. It isn't really deleted until it is overwritten (though how it recovered 1.5 the max size of the drive is another issue - could it be larger than it says?). Another possibility is that some of the data may have been compressed and you may have recovered the uncompressed versions. Also, the recovery software may have duplicated recoveries (tried, got most but didn't complete, tried again and succeeded - and saved both as separate recovered files) - or perhaps merely duplicated recoveries because it isn't working entirely properly (I'll bet if you check closely you find duplicates). Finally, it is possible that the conversion process somehow increased the file sizes - perhaps with recovery-related data (which may or may not be resolved by restoring the actual files) - though I don't know why that would happen and none of the products I recommend do this. This product is not one I use or recommend (not because I know it is bad, but because I've never tried it before and I always do my best to try eveything I recommend - and often keep it in case questions come up).

Also, I strongly suggest using Recuva instead as it is a much better program (and gives names) and works a lot easier (and is the most recommen... Read more

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My younger brother accidentally deleted a important folder which contains a lot of necessary documents.He also cleaned the Recycle Bin. I tried to recover it using some software such as.

EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard

I got some of the documents but the contents are half deleted inside them.
I also tried to "Recover Previous Versions" but there were no entry on that.

Please help me.

A:Recovering deleted files.

Try this: ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

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i need to recover some deleted files that were recently deleted. i have no idea how to recover them and would greatly appreciate any ideas or suggestions to do so, i know windows doesn't really "delete" files when they are deleted and i know there's a way to recover them, putting 2 and 2 together is the part i don't know. help me quickly please.

A:recovering deleted files

Search google for "Recovery Software" there are lots of free and paid software you can try any of them all works fine.

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Hey. Can anyone give me some info on recovering lost/ deleted files? I have accidentaly deleted some documents from my computer while performing a backup. Actually I deleted them from the backup before I reintroduced them to my computer. They were backed up on there own slave drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

A:Recovering deleted files...

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I wanted to know if I could recover deleted photos from an xD picture card I used to photograph some seagulls... well, I deleted these pictures without uploading. There was one I really liked and is there any way to recover it?

A:Recovering Deleted Files?

You can try some of these free programs tht HitSquad mentioned in his post HERE. I should also mention that if you've already taken more picutres on that card, you might be out of luck totally, as the new photos might over ride the deleted photos, erasing them forever! Still, it's worth a try though! Good luck

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Hello everyone,please I don't really know exactly much on all these stuffs but I'm putting my effort to,so i was wondering how comes deleted files can be recovered,then i looked it up and from what i saw online i discovered that when you delete a file it doesn't actually get deleted, it's still there until another file overwrites it or thereabout.but what gets me confused is that, ok what if i have a 2gb pen drive and i have a 1gb file in it, then i delete the 1gb file to copy a 1.9gb document in the pendrive, so does that mean the 2gb pendrive is now actually carrying 2.9gb of files in it? So if i then delete the 1.9gb file i can still recover the 1gb file, so what is the actual size of the pendrive?it is limitless or its more than two gb

A:Recovering Deleted Files

A 2GB drive has approx. 1905MB (1.86GB) available for user storage (the remaining 143MB is used by the USB Flash Drive to store its firmware essential for operation).

If you have a 1GB 1024MB file of data on the flash drive and you delete it providing there is no the data on the drive you now have the total capacity shown above

If you now install to the flash pen 1.9GB of data - you have overwritten the sectors used by the original 1GB of data

I am unsure as you why you would think that a drive or any storage medium eg DVD disc can suddenly have greater storage capacity than that with which it was manufactured.

Is the answer to your question not provided by you here
it's still there until another file overwrites itClick to expand...

I do not mean that to be in any manner other than helpful - I think with respect you are looking for some deep hidden meaning to the principle of recovering data that has simply been deleted but then the drive has not been written to or of course formatted.

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We regularly use the Olympus dictation/transcription software which produces a DSS audio file. We have inadvertantly deleted one of the files and need to try and recover it - any ideas?!?


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Last night I accidently deleted all my files while changing users on my laptop, & am curious if I can get them back.  I tried to run a restore from before the time it happened, but I guess all it restored was the windows operating files?  I've looked at numerous "free" software apps that claim to be able to recover files, & have read that w/ vista that the files are probably still present, but hidden.  I'm looking for any & all advice or guidance & greatly appreciate the help.

A:recovering deleted files

Try Recuva.

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hi i was wondering if anyone outhere could advise me of a program i can use to recovers files that i have deleted or anyway that i can recover the files that has been deleted,,thanx

A:recovering deleted files

There are a LOT of programs out there, depending on how much you want to spend. go to www.google.com and type in "Data recovery software."

be warned..they are NOT cheap.

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Any programs out there for recovering deleted files, mp3's, etc. .............IN PLAIN ENGLISH........SIMPLE TO UNDERSTAND program!! Thanks, B-72.

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can someone recommend a good program for recovering deleted files?
i used to have norton undelete but if i recall correctly it only worked if installed before i deleted the file i want recover, which is no good as i've already deleted the file without having it installed.

something simple and to the point would be preferred

A:recovering deleted files?

Hi! I use the software "GetDataBack.V3.21", it is very good. I recuperating 90GB after I was formatting my HD.

good luck and see you later!

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I was wondering if there is any way to recover files once they've been deleted from Recycle Bin in Windows 7 Professional?  I accidentally (no idea how) deleted a picture file  that took me years to accumulate.

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I deleted a lot of image files by mistake about 80GB worth... then i tried recovering them with EasyRecovery? Professional http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/
i got the files back but most of them are now corrupted and have no picture to view..
are there any Apps out there that can restore or repair all or part of the pictures..??
or am i SOL..???

A:Recovering Deleted Image Files..

If the pictures are corrupt, then they probably are. Something may have overwritten the file data and it is not gone forever. Every write action you do on the drive that contained the images can destroy more data. I hope it wasn't C: where you kept them..

You could try Zero Assumption Image Recovery - it scans the disk for raw image data and should be able to get back any files that were not fragmented.

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I'm attempting to recover emails from my pst files that were deleted (the pst files were also deleted). Does anyone know how to do this? I have a program (in the systems file) entitled 'recover.exe'...Would this work, and how do I use it? Thanks!

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I just recently deleted a folder that i wasn't supposed to delete inside
my EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE. Inside that folder were 2 other very important sub
folders. It was over 8 gigs so when i deleted it, i unfortunately commited
the same mistake of pressing the "yes" button again when it asked the
files to bypass the recycling bin being permanently deleted from the
computer. In fact it happened so fast it seemed like it vaporized. It was
hard to believe that over 8 gigs of files were eliminated that fast,
whereas usually any big file i would delete would normally take a while
for the computer to process. I seriously doubt the worst here, and i have
tried about 4 data recovery programs that were only able to detect the
very main folder that was deleted but not the more important 2 subfolders
inside of it containing the big chunk of the data. I've even been able to
detect files that were deleted months ago through these programs, but not
the important 8 gigabyte chunk i just deleted an hour ago. By the way i
tried scanning both the C drive(main) and the external hard drive and
browsing through the :/recycle folders, but to no avail.

The programs i used were EasyRecovery pro v 2.45, Final Recovery, Free
Undelete and Win Undelete.

Please help....

A:Recovering permanently deleted files, Please Help...

you may need a commercial product or aspecialist usually a paid product for this is better put deep recovery of disc into google and many options available,in theory as long as there is plenty of fee space on your disc and you did not wipe with a permently delete programme a restore may work

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Hi everyone,

I have an XP and I deleted a file (.doc) and I wish to recover it; from what I understand when a file is deleted it's not "wiped" off the HD, just the path to it is gone. How hard is it to recover the file? Thank you in advance.


A:Recovering deleted Word Doc files?

Sounds as though you'll need a File Recovery program.
I haven't tested any of these personally, but here are a couple of free programs:


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Hi ,
I was wondering , if anyone can point me to a manual script ,
or a tutorial , for recovering deleted files without downloading any software.


A:Recovering deleted files without programs

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i'm wondering if someone can tell me how i can recover deleted files i have deleted from my recycle bin or when i can find deleted files on my laptop, i am using XP.
Thank you

A:recovering deleted files from recycle bin

If the files are still in the recycle bin then they have not be permantly deleted from your system. So right click on the trash can. Select open. A window will pop up with a listing of all files and folders in the bin. select the file or folder you want then right click on it an select restore.

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How do you recover a deleted file that was in the recycle bin and the recycle bin is now empty?

A:Recovering deleted files from recycle bin

You try data recovery software. Free examples include Recuva Portable and Restoration.exe.

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I recently started volunteering at a veterans outreach center. The "I.T." guy before me wiped out one of their hard drives which contained their client list with over 700 names on it. I tried using Pandora Recovery with no luck. Has anyone had any luck with other software. This PC is running Windows XP

A:Solved: recovering deleted files

Some people have had success with a free program called PC Inspector.

If the guy used an actual wiping utility like DBAN, that data is most likely gone beyond recovery by any software.

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Sorry if i maybe made a unattractive title. but i have backed up somewhere along the lines of 5,000 pictures from hdd to cd and now the cd's seem to be damaged. the files i removed are deleted from the computer from the recycle bin...

now i understand that it is possible to recover these files somehow. it has been about 1 to 1 1/2 months since the delete and i need to be able to recover these pictures for an insurance company. i have read some pages on how to acheive this but none are very informative.

does anyone know a way i can recover these files? any tutorials would be awsome, im kinda in a rush as well. i have around an hour until the bell tolls me so any help would be fantastic.

also this was on win XP home edition.

A:recovering deleted files - urgent.

This seems to have some good reviews (for getting data off the CD's).

i can almost guarantee you won't recover everything fom the hard drive. However, if you need to try (the above doesn't work), then try out [email protected] ... I've had good luck with it.

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How can i get my Word and text files back from a formatted partition ?
i really need only the text files cuz they are V.important for me !
Any Help !

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I am having this problem where i delete files on a server from a workstation computer. I accidently deleted a folder today and i am unable to recover it. I go onto the server itself and it doesn't have it in its Recycle Bin.....

In today's cas, the loss of data was very minor, only 4 files, but i need the ability to recover them or to avoid this.. because it has happened before

Please help me

A:Recovering Deleted Files Over A Network

Work or Home?? Do you have any backup procedures in place??

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I goofed and deleted some picture and Word files from one of my folders on a backup drive. It's nothing urgent but just the same would like to have them back.

I deleted the files, sent them to the Recycle Bin, and then emptied the Recycle Bin.

Is there a way, either via Win XP or some other utitlity program, to recover them?


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PLEASE HELP!!! I think i may have accidentaly deleted files off a friends flash dive and I dont know how to get them back. The files are for her business, so I need help ASAP. I have a basic knowledge of computers. If someone could give me directions on how to recover these files or a program that could please let me know. Thanks all so much

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While I attend to different computers in different locations, I often have to help users who have deleted their
Desktop.ini files in their Documents , Public Documents ,
Pictures , Public Pictures , Music , Public Music ,
Video , Public Video and Downloads folders and now complain about having lost the icons on their folders. I often resolve to different tactics to return those files such as exploring Shadow Copies and backups but I'm not always successful.
Is there a way to have Microsoft Windows regenerate those files?The greatest moment of everyone's life is the moment of positive thinking.

A:Recovering deleted desktop.ini files

I discovered that Windows will regenerate the Desktop.ini files for you if you redirect the folder to another location and then back to the original one.
Another option is to keep the different Desktop.ini files at hand. You can download the stock ones from Ramesh's site (MS MVP):

http://www.winhelponline.com/blog/fix-special-folders-yellow-icon-windows-7/Microsoft MVP Windows Desktop Experience |

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Hello, i have a samsung qx411-w01 and i was having issues with it such as blue screen crashes, several program crashes etc. Unfortunately, my system restores got cleaned out and there was not a way to go back before the errors started. I decided to use Samsung Recovery Solutions to restore my windows files but instead of a quick restore i mistakenly did a complete restore which restored my entire windows drive (not just folder) and deleted ALL my personal files and reverted my computer to the state it was when i got it in 2012. Im currently trying to get my files back using recuva but everything is disorganized and i have no idea how to get it all back... I want to recover entire folders but the files are scattered. I mostly just want music, playlists, pictures, documents, videos, pdfs, etc. Im not worried about reinstalling the programs and settings. I havent been touching my computer much because i dont want deleted files to get overwritten. I really need help restoring my computer to what it was, what should i do? Please help

A:All Personal files deleted, need help recovering

The problem is, if the location where the data is you want to recover has been written over, during the restore, its not accessible.
With the restore to factory settings, many user data areas have already been overwritten.

I used Recuva one time to try and recover some user files after an OS corruption (caused by a motherboard failure) and my backup software failed me (Acronis at the time) would not restore. I did not do anything to the drive. Some of my user files were recoverable and some were not. I just counted myself lucky for the ones I did recover.

But, this is also a lesson on why backups are needed. Not for IF they will ever be needed, but for WHEN they are needed.

I have since dumped Acronis True Image and moved on to Macrium Reflect for backups and no more problems with restoring.

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My pc recently was infected with a virus that deleted all of my files. I've been doing research on these programs that can restore/recover lost files. There seems to be a lot of them, so I was wondering if anyone has a recommendation?
Also, many of the files turned up corrupted when I tested a trial version. Is there any way, (a program maybe), that can fix those? The type of files I want to recover are mainly jpeg, pdf, word and zip. All of these files are on my hard drive.

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'we' accidentally deleted Mozilla folders thereby wrecking the existing user profiles inbox, etc.
In order to continue using NS, I grabbed an older profile which had not fallen under the axe.
Then we attempted to recover the deleted files by trying a couple of data recovery programs.

the results were put into a folder and is a collection of assorted filetypes each labelled 'cluster####'
how do i reassmble them into a form that we can evaluate, or rebuild the damaged mozilla folder?

some of the clusters are html, some are .dat, etc.

they may all corrupted and useless, but we want to give it one more try before writing it all off.

any help would be appreciated

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HI all - I'm hoping somebody out there has a brilliant solution to my problem - we had an employee decide to test out the software program wipe it on his computer. So he deleted some critical files and forgot to back them up. Well now I need to recover the data that was removed. I have been able to recover files, unfortunately the files contain special characters through out (looks like this: ??????????????????????). So this is a bit of a problem. Details I can provide are that the software wipe it was run 6 times with a simple wipe enabled. I have full access to the hard drive that was cleaned and am hoping somebody might know of some software that will recover the lost data. OS: XP pro, sp2 - on a domain. Not sure what other information you might need - please let me know.thanks!LirriaModerator Edit: Moved topic to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:Recovering Files Deleted With Wipe It

I have no personal experience with WipeIt, but it appears that WipeIt was used to "sanitise" your hard drive;"The process of sanitizing a drive means overwriting each track several times to erase the data that was previously there."http://www.skylarkutilities.com/wipe-it/home.htmlApparently from your post, the files in question were overwritten six times. This makes them practically unrecoverable except by a computer forensic expert to whom you will pay a high price for the service.It may be that another Member who has more experience using the application in question can provide additional help. In any case, it would be important not to do ANYTHING to the hard drive; if possible, do not even turn the computer on, as it might add to the problem of retrieving any file.Regards,John

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How do you retreive deleted files from Task Manager. I put in a new virus software on my computer and accedently deleated my explorer.exe after finding a virus in it. Now I have no tool bars or start button just the wall paper I had set up.

A:Recovering deleted files from task manager

You can't delete files with Task Manager, maybe what you did was stop the explorer.exe process.

Press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to bring up Task Manager, go to Shut Down and click on Restart. That should put things back to normal.

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Hi everyone! A Pleasant greeting, I need help again. So I deleted my files so of course, they went straight to the recycle bin and I emptied my recycle bin but I noticed that one of my important files are missing I need to recover it for my School. I tried the program EaseUs but I need to pay the Program, but I am just 16 I do not have a credit card or any income I need my files really bad please help me :'(. If there is any possible way to recover my files please help me I would appreciate it very much. Thank You and God Bless

A:Recovering My Deleted Files (I Emptied My Recycle Bin)

Try one of These

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Hi all,

After re-installing Win 7 I searched for AutoCAD .dwg files that I had saved them in G:\ drive, but can't find them. They may be deleted carelessly

I tested some recovering apps but could help me.

Is there any way/software best can recover those files please?

A:Recovering AutoCAD lost/deleted files

try https://www.piriform.com/recuva

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Last week some of my files ended up in the recycle bin and i think it was a result of a Windows update. I would NEVER have put these files in the bin as they are way too important so i think that the update was the main culprit. So, without thinking, i deleted everything in the recycle bin and then to my horror later found out that many files were missing!

Anyhow, i recently downloaded Recuva software and many of the files are deemed 'unrecoverable' as they have been overwritten by other files or something like that. Should i try some more recovery software or is there an alternative method of getting the pre-overwritten files back???

P.S i have tried Pandora Recovery and put the recovered file sonto a USB and then back into the C Drive. Next i tried a system backup and restore to the date of the incident (is this a bad thing to do?) and next i tried the aforementioned Recuva software. I have OCD and these files are basically my life and it's really depressing me right now. Sorry for the sob story, just trying to amplify the urgency of the situation

Thanks guys!

A:Is there a way of recovering 'unrecoverable' deleted files in Vista???

Let me start by saying the situation as you've presented it does not look very promising. Here's all I have to offer:

If you decide to try these recovery programs, you should stop using your hard drive immediately so you don't overwrite the data you are trying to recover. Slave it to another PC and run the recovery from that PC. Even now you may have permanently lost some of them if you're using that same PC (as seems to be the case from what you said after trying Recuva). If you can't do that (slave to another PC), you run the risk of overwriting the data with every action you do on the PC (but you still may be able to recover more of the files - it's a matter of luck).

http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.html(try Recuva ONLY - do not purchase any products that aren’t free – here or in any of the other links – I’m just suggesting the FREE options and have had problems with some of the commercial ones) But I guess you've already tried this one - which is probably the best one - and found many were not recoverable because they had been already overwritten. I assume you recovered the ones that could be recovered. That's likely to the be case with any others, but you can try as many as you want and see if you have any better luck.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/diskdigger.html(try this second - if it doesn’t work either chances of recovery are very slim but you can try the other options if you wish)

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Many of my files were deleted from my external harddrive (word, excel, mp3, tax files, pdf etc.) and then deleted from the recycle bin. It was a while before I dicovered the issue. I tried to use a restore program (restoration.exe) to try and recover them. The files came back with the correct file types and the size of files looks right but when I try to open many of the files either I get a message stating that they are not valid files for that format or the application does not recognize them. All of the music files came back but many of them had the wrong file information (the title would say one thing but the song was actually something else). I cannot re-restore them because they are no longer in the deleted sectors. I think that some of the file locartion information ay have been overwritten or did not make it back with the restore. Any other advice???

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I am leaving my job in a few days and when transferring data from my memory stick to the company's computer I accidently deleted their accounts on Excel from the memory stick before I had transferred it. This was the only copy. I've tried a few recovery programmes but unless I want to spend 70 plus they dont let me save the recovered file. Anyone know a programme that works and is free or very cheap?

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