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How to recover a file deleted from dos prompt in windows 95 ?
I tried in the following method but it is giving me error "DELETE SENTRY CONTROL FILE NOT FOUND".
1. I restarted the computer in ms-dos mode.
2. I Undeleted delete sentry using UNDELLETE /Sx
   (x - Refers the drive)
3. I lock the C drive usinng LOCK C:
4. I typed undelete *.frm , This is giving me error "DELETE SENTRY CONTROL FILE NOT FOUND"

Is anybody can help me? I lost my files yesterday, I have only 7 days to recover my files after that it will be gone from my hard disk. I am wondering if I change the days in undelete.ini is that will help to have my file in the hard disk longer.
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by:Mujeeb082598
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Hi :)

Sorry their is no way now that u can get that file back. First of all when u delete any files from a DOS prompt it is not put in recycle bin, that is the reason u keep getting that no info on the file.

What realy happens when you delete a file, the complete path and file name is stored in a hidden file called INFO in the Recycled folder. The deleted file is renamed, using the following  syntax:

D<original drive letter of file><#>.<original extension>
 
Examples:
New file name:
    Dc1.txt = (C drive, second file deleted, a .txt file)
 INFO file path:
    C:\Windows\Desktop\Books.txt
 New file name:
    De7.doc = (E drive, eighth file deleted, a .doc file)
 INFO file path:
    E:\Winword\Letter to Rosemary.doc

Each drive has a Recycled folder. Files deleted from compliant programs are moved to the Recycled folder on the drive from which they are deleted. Double-clicking the Recycle Bin icon displays the folder listing of deleted files available for restoration.
 
Clicking a file and choosing Restore causes the original path to be read from the INFO file, and the file to be renamed and restored to its original path.

If the INFO file is damaged or deleted, no files appear in the Recycle Bin. However, the renamed files still exist in the Recycled folder. Even though the files in the Recycled folder have been renamed, they are not changed in any other way. For example, a text file is still viewable as a text file. To restore such a file, you can manually search for the file in the folder and rename it.

Remeber that this recycle folder is a hidden folder and u can view it using explorer by setting in View Options menu show all files and make sure the Check Box for Hide file extentions for known types is also unchecked.
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I agree Mujeeb's answer for what will happen to the files deleted from windows. I undelete a file which is deleted at the dos prompt in different hard drive. The only difference between the hard drives is the new hard drive has Dos already. So, I think that is the problem , but I am not sure. So if anybody have better answer please respond quickly because now I have only one day to recover my file.
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The way I did for undelet the files were been deleted by Win95, I copy undelete command from Dos 6.22 and use it in Win95 Dos mode.  That works.

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Do the Unlock C: first before you do the undelete.
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Hi :)

The days that u are counting has nothing to do with undelete since the file was never moved to the recycle bin their is no day keep job is done on that.

The only chance for u to get that file back was that if u had not done any further read and write on the same drive. Because if u have done that then for sure their is no chance at all that u get that file again because their is a chance that any other new files that u have created might have given the same cluster or part of the cluster of your file beign deleted.

As i said to u it is now tooooooo late. U cannot not get the files back. Unless u have frozen any further write operation on the drive after the delete. Also stop worrying about the days as i said to u that only applies if u have moved the file in recycle bin.
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