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    info file in recycle bin

    Does anyone know how to make sense of the info file in the win 95 recycle bin? (It's a long story...)
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    Re: info file in recycle bin

    What info file are you referring to??
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    Re: info file in recycle bin

    The recycle bin contains a hidden file (INFO or INFO2) which is an index of the files in it. If you explore in DOS the "recycled" files all have a filename like Dc1.txt, (the c is the drive and the suffix is...well, the suffix..) The info file tells you the "real" names of these files, which is vital to know if you want to replace all the files that a well-intentioned but clued-down user dumped there to tidy, resulting in Windows not loading...

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    Re: info file in recycle bin

    Oh boy, well intentioned users. I read that as "job security." <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> Sadly, I do not have a reference for the file that you refer to; is anything visible if you open it in a hex or text editor? (Kind of makes you wish for the good old days of "undelete" in Windows 3.1!)
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    Re: info file in recycle bin

    OK, found it.
    program called rifiuti at http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...group_id=78332 or http://www.foundstone.com/index.htm?subnav...esc/rifiuti.htm parses out the info file, at least it tries to, I'll know more when I try it at work tomorrow.

    Thanks anyway guys.
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    Re: info file in recycle bin

    Right, that worked. In case anyone else needs this, this is what I did.

    Problem -- User "recycled" files that she never uses -- including system files. PC refuses to boot to Windows (95).

    Solution --
    1. <LI>boot to DOS with a boot disk (I used a windows 95 one -- less baggage)
      <LI>change to c:recycled (this apparently changes in XP - not sure about 2000)
      <LI>run a:attrib -h *.* to unhide all the files in the recycle bin.
      ( if you dir now you'll see files of the format Dc12.txt where the c is the drive deleted from the 12 is the index of the file and the .txt is the original suffix.)
      <LI>find the file INFO or INFO2 and copy it to floppy, then sneakernet it to a pc which will boot to windows...
      <LI>obtain rifiuti from the addresses above (the foundstone address supplies a zip, sourceforge a GZed tar..tricky) and unzip to a place of your choosing
      <LI>open a DOS box and run the command rifiuti a:INFO > INFO.txt This creates a tab delimited file with a numbered list of files and their real names and locations
      <LI>nicely format your file and print out the bits that you're interested in
      go back to the sick PC and using DOS copy the system files back where they came from ( copy c:recycledDc12.sys c:config.sys etc)
      ( I did the bare minimum to get me going again, but if you're keen you can do the whole lot...)
      <LI>Reboot the PC, restore any other files from the recycle bin that you need (so that you can properly uninstall them...)
      <LI>slap user and tell them not to do it again -- bask in glory <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>
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    Re: info file in recycle bin

    And in your "other life" you were a Private Detective, huh? Sure sounds like good detective work to me - congratulations. Except, I don't think I'd do the #9 step unless HE's a little bitty guy <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: info file in recycle bin

    Excellent work, and thanks for posting your steps. This is one of those rare nuggets that can save your skin.

    But unlike Al, I heartily agree with step #9. I recall reading a story about a user who organised their DLLs into a DLL folder, all of the SYS files into a SYS folder, etc...

    Is the user's desk as clean as their hard drive? <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
    -Mark

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