how do I recover deleted files

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Chris, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. Chris

    Chris Guest

    A user has deleted a lot of files in his folder....
    Chris, Sep 13, 2005
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    Jeff Teel Guest

    Are they in the Recycle Bin? Were the files originally on a server share?
    You have given very little detail on your situation so there are going to be
    many more questions here than answers.

    Jeff Teel, Sep 13, 2005
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  3. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Not in the recycle bin!

    They were on a Share on the Server....

    I thought SBS kept copies !
    Chris, Sep 13, 2005
  4. Hi Chris,

    Shadow copies/previous versions is the feature(s) you are wanting - it's a
    Windows Server 2003 feature, not specific to SBS. Shadow copies and previous
    versions are enabled by default on SBS, but only on the drive where the
    'users shared folders' are located.

    On the SBS, use explorer to right click the drive in question, and select
    the Shadow Copies drive to see it's status.

    On the workstation, right click the share where the files were located,
    select Properties, and click on the Previous Versions tab. If there is no
    previous versions tab, then it's probably not enabled and you'll have to
    restore the files from your most recent backup.
    Les Connor [SBS Community Member - SBS MVP], Sep 13, 2005
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    Mark Masiak Guest

    from your backup set
    Mark Masiak, Sep 13, 2005
  6. Hello Chris,

    Thank you for posting.

    From your post, my understanding of this issue is: User has deleted many
    files from a shared folder, and you would like to recover them. If this is
    not correct, please feel free to let me know.

    First, I appreciate all the others kind reply. They provided useful

    Just like Les mentioned, if the Shadow Copy is enabled on the drive where
    the files are located, we can use Previous Versions to restore the deleted
    files. For more information about Shadow Copy, please refer to the
    following links:

    Shadow Copies for Shared Folders Technical Reference

    If the operating system of the client workstation is prior Windows XP SP2,
    we need to install Shadow Copy Client on the client workstation to access
    the previous versions of shadow copies. You may refer to the following
    link to download the Shadow Copy Client:

    Shadow Copy Client: Accessing Shadow Copies on Windows Server 2003

    Just like Chad has mentioned, if the Shadow Copy is not enabled on the
    server, and there is no backup for these files, we may try some third-party
    tools to see whether the deleted files can be recovered. Chad has provided
    useful information regarding some recovery tools, you may also refer to the
    following recovery software:

    Actually, backup is an important method to prevent files and data from
    losing. For the important data, we should backup it frequently and
    regularly. For more information about Backup, please refer to the
    following links:

    Backup and Restore Whitepaper:

    Backing Up and Restoring Windows Small Business Server 2003

    Hope the above information helps. Should you have any questions or
    concerns, please feel free to let me know. I am glad to be of assistance.

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    lukeles Guest

    I recommend that you use DataRecoveryWizard to recover your data.
    The software provides very useful functions for data recovery:
    DeleteRecovery, FormatRecovery, AdvancedRecovery, RawRecovery.

    This program is an efficient disk recovery software providing
    you a complete answer to data loss.

    First thing I recommend you download the demo version of
    DataRecoveryWizard. (

    Run the program and select the recovery mode "DeletedRecovery",
    or "FormatRecovery", or "AdvancedRecovery".

    See more:
    lukeles, Oct 6, 2005
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    Russ Grover Guest

    SPAM - Microsoft Delete...

    And if he deleted files (and this post is legit)

    Then try recovering files from the users PC
    If you set up the server with recovery of files
    you won't need this software.

    That's what is awesome about SBS if it set up correctly you don't need extra

    Russ Grover
    Small Business IT Support
    Portland\Beaverton OR USA
    Email: Sales at
    Russ Grover, Oct 6, 2005
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    Dale Allen Guest

    How do you setup the server with that function? (recovery of files)

    Dale Allen, Oct 8, 2005
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