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Undeleting files from win98 on FAT32

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i have deleted important files from my HD while in Dos prompt (Bypass OS - SHIFT+F5) my OS is windows98 with FAT32 how can i recover them?
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Have you tried unerase from the dos prompt?  Since this was done from the dos prompt it is possible that unerase will recover them.
You can also try other programs such as http://www.filerecover.com/
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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PowerQuest Lost and Found may also be able to recover them, or Norton Unerase (part of Norton Utilities), or the built-in unerase from DOS as slink9 suggests.  One suggestion...try not to save any new files or install any programs until you get the file back, as you could potentially overwrite it.  Norton Utils can be run directly from the CD so you don't have to risk overwriting the file.  PowerQuest doesn't advertise L&F anymore, but you can still pick it up from various software stores (CompUSA, Best Buy, etc).

Good luck!

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by:pls_a
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Make sure you did not scan your disk or defraged it, i recovered files with unerase and NUtilities before, but could never do so when my computer defraged. just my two cents. Correct me if I am wrong really.
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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That is partially correct pls_a...scandisk wouldn't hurt (though it won't help, either), but defrag will almost definitely erase any hope of recovering the files.

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by:Hunty
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Sownload the free version of EasyRecovery from Ontrack.  It allows you to recover up to 50 files that have been erased.  You won't regret it, I ended up buying the full version.  :-)  http://www.ontrack.com/freesoftware/index.asp#easyrecovery
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Sownload=Download
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Huntress58:
I looked at that, and it looks like the current version will only *show* you which files you can recover, and it won't actually recover them.

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by:slink9
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Could we get some input from raw_e?
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by:Hunty
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I had the intro version but it came with Fix-It 3.0.  It worked for me.
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by:tzWIZ
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One crazy question:

have you created any new files or turned the computer off since the delete? if you haven't (done either) than don't!! We can always go back and reconstruct the FAT. If you've created any files though, it usually won't work.

tz
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thanks dogztar !
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