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04 January 2010 @ 09:54 am
(Wow, I can't believe it's 2010!)

So, a friend of mine was cleaning up her desktop last night, and accidentally deleted a folder that held hundreds and hundreds of character pics she'd spent hours upon hours searching for and downloading. (If she had a Macbook, finding them would be as simple as restoring from Time Machine.  Alas.)  She has no back up of them, as she hadn't yet gotten around to getting a flash drive for that.  She accidentally had put the folder in the recyle bin, and clicked 'empty' without realizing they were in there.

I've done some research, and come up with a couple of undelete utilities to try on lunch today - Resoration and Recuva, respectively.  I have them loaded onto MY flash drive, and will be stopping to get her a flash drive for back ups on the way over to her place for lunch.

Anyone have any experience recovering deleted files on Windows XP?  Any advice before I dive into this?
Current Mood: awakeawake
David Cardillo: Happy Fun Ballwookiemonster on January 4th, 2010 06:21 pm (UTC)
XP comes with a utility called "System Restore" which, if turned on, can restore the registry from a time before she deleted the files, thus resetting her computer back to that time (she would lose any information gathered since, though).

There are some old DOS tricks, but, it's been so long since I've used them that I don't remember them...

System Restore is under "Accessroies" in the program menu (Click on the "Start" button).
rhienellethrhienelleth on January 4th, 2010 06:23 pm (UTC)
So, if I'm understanding correctly, if we run system restore, the folder will reappear on her desktop as though she never deleted it?

(And thanks!)
David Cardillo: Gir Explodewookiemonster on January 4th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't had occasion to use it myself, but I was told that Norton GoBack was discontinued because XP had the same thing built in. With GoBack, I'd restore to a previous time, and folders would be there and everything.

Microsquash, er, Microsoft has instructions here:
indie: Arrested Development bob blogindiefic on January 4th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
If System Restore is enabled on her computer, then there are restore points and she should be able to go back to one of those. I always disable this utility because it causes more problems for me than it prevents. I'd make sure you know when the restore point was created, because she might "restore" it to its factory settings which could destroy a lot of other system information.
jomadge: SGA - Mckay - physicsjomadge on January 4th, 2010 09:38 pm (UTC)
Actually, I don't believe System Restore un-deletes files ... but I guess it's worth a try. I've only used it a few times to undo major registry changes that were squirreling things up after software updates. It's great for that.

Personally, I've never had much luck with recovering lost files. :-(