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    Deleted files not in Recycle Bin?

    Not sure exactly where to post this, but any help would be appreciated. I have a user who deleted a file that was stored on a network drive. Then she realized that she didn't mean to delete it so she checked her Recylce Bin and it was not there. I thought that perhaps it was in the Recycle Bin on the server where the documents were stored, but I checked and the Recycle Bin there was empty. Anyone have any ideas. Is it Lost in Cyber-Space?

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    Re: Deleted files not in Recycle Bin?

    Depends....

    How did she delete the file, from within an application or the delete key or explorer or....?
    Some applications may do a delete such that the recycle bin is bypassed.
    Similarly, some poeple don't want information sitting around, forgotten, in the bin so they have software installed that automatically empties the bin.
    Also, holding the shift key while pressing delete bypasses the bin.
    Etc....

    If the file has not been overwritten on the drive, it should be recoverable. There is software available on the net, some of it is free I believe, to accomplish this. I can't think of any titles off hand, but perhaps someone else can suggest one or two. If it has been overwritten, it might still be recoverable but it would have to be done by a lab specializing in data recovery.......$$$$$$$.

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    Re: Deleted files not in Recycle Bin?

    As a rule, deleting across a (typical MS-based) network does not leave anything in any recycle bin - it's gone.
    If recovering it is paramount, your only option would be to stop using the drive it was on (to prevent the space it was on being over-written) and using something like Undelete.

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    Re: Deleted files not in Recycle Bin?

    It also depends how your network is maintained. It's a good practice to perform backup on file servers daily, so if the file was on network drive more than a day, you can call your tech support to restore the backup. But if there is no backup on the server, the file is *really* gone...

    By the way, once a user called me for help. She used a letter as a template, changing the names and addresses and every time saving changes. When her boss ask her for copies of all letters, she was surprised that everything is gone... So your case is not the worst one - only one file was lost.

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    Re: Deleted files not in Recycle Bin?

    Nortons Undelete helped me along time ago when I did something like that. Except it wasn't on a network.

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