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URGENT HELP - Need to recover a file deleted from the recycle bin!!!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Lukethenoob, Feb 6, 2009.

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  1. Lukethenoob

    Lukethenoob Thread Starter

    Feb 6, 2009
    I have a regular xp computer and today, a 2003 word file was deleted from the recycle bin :eek: I needed that file! I don't know much about computers, so how could I restore my file so I can print it?:confused:
  2. zabusant


    Sep 6, 2007
    Hi Luke!

    There are tools you can use to restore deleted files, but there's no guaranty that you'll be successful. To maximize your chances, stop using the computer. While you're using it, things are being written to the disk all the time and so a deleted piece of data can be overwritten.

    Your best bet is to go to another computer, download one of the "recovery" tools and put it on a memory stick or a cd. Then run it on the PC with the deleted file from the cd.

    An example of a freeware recovery program is "restoration".
  3. TOGG


    Apr 2, 2002
    As you may know, a Windows 'deletion' only marks the area of hard drive where a file was stored with an indication that it is now available for re-use. So, a deleted file will remain until it is overwritten by other data. The problem with this is that everything done on that computer since the 'deletion' risks that piece of hard drive being overwritten.

    There are various professional (and expensive) recovery services available but, if you want to attempt recovery yourself, you could Google 'file recovery' (preferably on another computer) and see what comes up. I know of one free program, Recuva, but I have never used it so don't know how well it works, if at all; http://www.filehippo.com/download_recuva/
  4. Smiles n' grins

    Smiles n' grins

    Jun 8, 2007
    I have heard of both Restoration and Recuva, and personally, I recommend Recuva. I used it and was very impressed. Just make sure to go the C:\RECYCLED (which is the recycle bin) to get the file.
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