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    Cool Retrieving Deleted Files

    Ok.. I want to know if anyone here can tell me how I can retrieve files that i just emptied in my recycle bin... long story short.,.. how can i retrieve deleted files? and if possible can someone show me how to do it w/o using a proggy?

    Im not a sys admin so i really dont know these things.. im just a networking d00d.. systems is not one of my department.,..
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    w/o A Proggy!!!

    There are lots of proggy's that do it....just search tucows or zdnet or any "common" download site.

    I'd also be interested in doing it w/o a proggy ... if that's possible..... That'd be a way cool useful thing to know how to do!
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    If you want to do it without a program... For things that have been cleared from the recycle bin... GOOD LUCK! Unless you have an abnormal attention span or a particularly good nack for reading raw binary or hex...

    There have been several threads on this already.

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    And if you REALLY need to get these files back... Don't use your computer! Seriously! The actual data may still be somewhere on the disk, only the computer thinks that it's just junk, so the next time you save a file, it MIGHT overwrike the raw data! So whatever you're gonna do, the sooner the better.
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    hahha as a matter of fact.. i find reading binary and hex codes interesting.. i already know that in NT there is a command called "recover" which recovers the deleted file.. but dis only works IF the deleted file was not overwritten by the computer. so that answers my question regarding NT.. but what about 98 and XP?
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    When you erase an item, it is not removed from the hard drive but from the FAT, which is a table housing information about all of the files stored on the hard drive. Think of it as an index that isnít part of the file itself but a valuable guide to where to find it and what it is. When you delete a file, all the data in it remains, even after you take steps such as emptying Win98ís Recycle Bin. Windows does this by replacing the first letter of the original file name with a symbol (usually a tilde, ~) and hiding the file from the system. Although the file disappears from directory listings you see, the information stays on your hard drive until it is overwritten by anything else stored on the drive subsequently. Provided nothing has been added to the area holding the file, you can usually recover a lost document. This can be an advantage if you delete something accidentally or a real problem if someone else is retrieving confidential information you thought you deleted.
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    Use norton disk editor to edit the fat at the hexadecimal level
    The deleted entries will show up with a question mark as the first charecter ..unless as has been stated you overwrite the fat by installing a program or moving data around.
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    NOrton 5.0 or something

    Important remark but you probably all know:

    Don't use the old norton tools like norton disk edit (version 5.x) on FAT32 partitions with long extensions cause you could easily screw up your data. Use the new ones instead (e.g. Norton 2001)

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    Cool

    kewl thanks
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    If you are working in Win9 x you can use an utility called recover4all
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