accidentally deleted file

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by ian, Sep 8, 2004.

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    ian Guest

    I accidentally deleted a data file that was located on
    our server running Windows Server 2000. I was using . I
    was opening a file using an application on one of the
    client computers and I right clicked on the file from the
    Open File dialog box. I accidently selected delete from
    the drop down menu. I realized what I'd done a split
    second after I'd done it but it was too late. The file
    is gone. It's not in the recycle bin of either the
    client computer or the server.
    ian, Sep 8, 2004
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    John Savill Guest

    Do you have volume shadow copy service running for any share on that drive?
    If so add a share for the folder where you delete the file and then look at
    it's history. The file would be there for a past time point (volume shadow
    copy monitors whole drives, not just shares).

    If not you could restore a backup if you have one or look at some 3rd party
    utilities which can undelete files from NTFS.


    John Savill MCSE MVP
    John Savill, Sep 8, 2004
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    Ken Lynch Guest

    I recommend Executive Software's Undelete. It is inexpensive and easy to
    configure. Just saving one file makes it worth it. The problem with
    backups and shadow copy is that they occur once a day (usually). If the
    file is created or edited and then almost immediately deleted, it won't be

    There may be other 3rd party software.

    Ken Lynch, Sep 8, 2004
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