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Old 10-26-2009, 05:14 PM   #1
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EMERGENCY! Are there any linux software that can recover lost windows data files?

My friend deleted her essay by mistake...(typical) and was wondering what linux software can potentially recover it?
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photorec (you can even get a version the runs on Windows) and foremost are the two tools I use the most frequently. They can handle many different types of files and filesystems.
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there are recovery tools on "SystemRescueCd"

it is ONLY an EMERGENCY! for her . i take it she has no back up's !
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Well windows sort of keeps multiple copies of everything. So was it really deleted? Check the trashbin, check the swap file, check the RAM contents, check...... Many software packages save a backup with the ~ tag at the end. These sometimes don't get deleted. Although they might be hidden from you if you don't tell your file manager NOT to HIDE them. Probably not the most recent version, but most times there.

Depending on the filesystem, there's ways to recover. Although is it really worth the time in most cases? 1TB HDDs take a long time to shuffle through byte by byte. 4GB of RAM aint no small fry either. It might be quicker to just start over. There's a number of version control systems and backup strategies to be proactive. Not that those help much after the fact. At a minimum make an image of the HDD contents as it exists today, if you have the space. Otherwise it might be permanently deleted at the next boot of windows. Or not. dd lets you go back to a known point in time pretty easily. But it can be a space hog. But 500GB HDDs are cheap these days. I can get almost 3TB (3x 1TB) for what I paid for a 300GB HDD five years ago.


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