how to recover files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by terrybrian, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. terrybrian

    terrybrian Guest


    I’ve accidentally erased a file that is of need to me. It was on NTFS.
    Is there any way or utility that can be used to recover the file? I
    need the best one, which gives me maximum recovery chances.
    terrybrian, Mar 5, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    Standard caveat: DO NOTHING FURTHER ON THE DRIVE. The data is still on
    the hard drive but if you overwrite it, it will be extremely difficult
    or impossible to recover it. If you use data recovery software, install
    it on another machine and either use it from that operating system or
    create a bootable cd/floppy and work with that. If you don't have the
    skill and/or equipment to do these procedures and the data is crucial,
    take the machine to a professional computer repair shop that has
    experience in doing data recovery. This will not be your local version
    of BigStoreUSA. In-shop data recovery is usually not exactly cheap (for
    ex., my charges are generally $150-350USD), but it normally costs less
    than sending the drive to a company like Drive Savers. You need to make
    the determination of the value of your data and decide what to do.

    Here are links to some data recovery software. I use Easy Recovery Pro;
    R-Studio is also highly recommended.
    PCInspector File Recovery -
    Executive Software “Undelete” -
    R-Studio -
    File Scavenger -
    Ontrack's EasyRecovery -

    Malke, Mar 5, 2007
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  3. Right-click on the folder that contained the file and then click Restore
    Previous Versions. Click a folder in the list that is dated prior to the
    deletion. Open the folder and from there you should see the file you
    Jill Zoeller [MSFT], Mar 5, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    Is this function in all versions of Vista?

    Malke, Mar 5, 2007
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    Jane C Guest

    Shadow Copy which gives the option for the 'previous version' of a file is
    only available in Business, Ultimate and Enterprise editions.
    Jane C, Mar 6, 2007
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    Malke Guest

    Thanks, Jane. I figured that out after spending some time on MS's site.
    Unfortunately, most of my client base will be using Home Premium so this
    is just another one of those functions left out of that version. I won't
    be out of the data recovery business any time soon. ;-)

    BTW, I always enjoy reading your posts.

    Malke, Mar 6, 2007
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