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Recovery of deleted files in .pst file

Through an unfortunate mistake, I accidently deleted messages in archive.pst (my autoarchive file in Outlook) and also emptied the recycle bin. Is there any possibility in recovering these messages ? In Outlook the archive seems empty, but Explorer indicates that the file 74 Mb, which is quite big for an "empty" file. So my messages are probably still in there, but how can i get to them ?

(Already tried the importing from a pst file function, but this only lists the deleted items folder, not the usual inbox folders etc.)

Thanks for any help.
John
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johnjans
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VinceACommented:
Once deleted the items aren't really recoverable although they space they used isn't reclaimed until you compact the PST file.
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MStaseyCommented:
Make sure your filters are turned off.
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johnjansAuthor Commented:
VinceA: is this the final answer in this problem (I am beginning to believe it is !). No other suggestions ?

MStasey: please explain further what you mean.

Thanks.
John
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VinceACommented:
I think that's the answer... sorry. I didn't want to post it as an answer just in case anyone else knew something I didn't.
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L8SHOWCommented:
If you check out Tucows.com you may be able to get some shareware software that will recover deleted files from your hard drive. This sort of thing happened to me recently. I am running NT 4.0 Workstation SP5. I found some shareware and I was able to recover some deleted files. You should be able to recover the file as long as you did not overwrite the sector on the hard disk that the data was on. Do not give up hope yet. Try to do this as soon as possible as not to further corrupt any recoverable data. I do not think VinceA is aware of this software.
Peter
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johnjansAuthor Commented:
Thanks Peter, this is certainly worthwile exploring. When it won't work it will surely help for any future accidents.

Thanks also VinceA for your contribution.

I will be more careful with the delete button from now on!
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