On Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:30:35 +0000, rosemac8 wrote:
If I accidentally deleted everything that was in my recycle bin, is there any way I can get it back? I really need to, it's VERY important! Please Help !!
"Deleting" a file doesn't actually delete it; it just marks the space
as available to be used. There are third-party programs that can
sometimes recover deleted files. The problem is that the space used by
the file is likely to become overwritten very quickly, and this makes
the file unrecoverable.
So your chances of successfully recovering this file are decent if you
try recovering it immediately after deleting it, and rapidly go
downhill from there. If you've been using the computer since then (for
example to write this question and read this answer), your chances may
be very poor by now.
But if the file is important enough, it's worth a try anyway. Stop
using the computer in question immediately, if you haven't done so
already. Download an undelete program (here's one: http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/RESTORATION.html but there are several
others to choose from; do a search) on a friend's computer and bring
it to yours on a floppy, CD, or thumb drive to try.
If this fails, your only other recourse is to take or send the drive
to a professional file recovery company. This kind of service is very
expensive and may or may not work in your case.
Ken Blake (MS MVP)
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP since October 2003
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