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  • Does XP Home edition has a way to recover files I accidentally deleted?
    I really screwed up. Any help is humbly appreciated
    Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:04 PM

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  • Not really BUT there are plenty of free & easy to use undelete/recovery tools for windows. Here's a list of some of them:

    http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filerecovery/tp/free-file-recovery-programs.htm


    Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:23 PM
  • you'd have to use a third-party program
    Tunde Abagun MCP,MCSA,MCTS,MCITP en p "for the love of Computers"
    Thursday, July 14, 2011 3:09 PM

  • Does XP Home edition has a way to recover files I accidentally deleted?
    I really screwed up. Any help is humbly appreciated

    No, but you can recover them.

    Don't use the system where the files were as they can be overwritten, making them unrecoverable (especially if you install programs or save files to it -- even browsing can overwrite as files are sometimes downloaded, saved and deleted for content in the web site).

    The files are still on your drive, marked as "free space" but if you save files or do anything that could cause file writes (like web surfing), you run the risk of having the free space written over and that makes it A LOT harder to recover the files.

    Go to the site listed below and get "Emergency Undelete" (if possible, download it using another machine and place it in a flash drive or disk).

    Run Emergency Undelete from the flash drive or disk on the PC that has the files and follow the directions (don't install anything yet -- simply run the "Emergency Undelete").

    Follow the directions and you will recover your files.


    http://www.diskeeper.com/home-use/emergency-undelete/


    Thursday, July 14, 2011 8:58 PM
  • Hi Betty,

    Unfortunately unless the files are still within your recycle bin they are not easily recovered.

    The success of recovery at this point is down to the phyical location of the block(s) containing the file on the disk. If any of these blocks have been overwritten you may have file corruptions on recovery.

    I would recommend you run (http://www.piriform.com/recuva) on your machine and see if you can locate the respective files.

    While I know this statement is going to be of no help, a good lesson from this is to back-up your files regularly on some external storage. Here is a good article on the Windows XP backup utility for when you are back up and running (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/320820)

    Kind Regards and indeed best of luck!

    Martin

     


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    Monday, July 18, 2011 3:46 PM
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