Data Recovery for moved files

Hi, I hope you can help me with this query. I have a customer’s hard drive here which we are trying to recover some recently deleted or moved files (don’t know which). The files/folders in question are not appearing in restorer 2000, although files and folders from a previous format are showing and are recoverable.

I’d like to know, if a file is legitimately moved from one physical drive to another, should it still be ‘recoverable’ from the original drive using restorer 2000 (or any other recovery program)? If that is the case the files in question may have been deliberately shredded.


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Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
Ontrack makes some good recovery software ( we use them at work and they have saved my @$$ many times.  I have been able to recover from formated drives, crashed drives, and deleted files.  I'm not sure the cost, but may be a good solution to your problem and they are fairly easy to use.
First of all, stop using the disk, as the OS might write to the area where the data is located you want recovered. Then download getdataback from
The trial version will show you what is recoverable, but you need to register the software to actually recover the files. Now connect this drive to a another PC as a 2nd drive, this should ensure nothing gets written to it, and run that recovery software. If you register it and want to recover the files you will need enough space on another drive than the one you want to recover, as this software copies the data off it and doesn't write anything to that drive. This is the safest way of recovering data yourself and not having to send the disk to a company that recovers data.
scottydbAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies, but I already know how to recover data. I've already got the drive in another PC and have used Restorer2000 successfully on other drives in the past.

My question still remains: I’d like to know, if a file is legitimately moved from one physical drive to another, should it still be ‘recoverable’ from the original drive using restorer 2000 (or any other recovery program)?
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You'd see those files with getdataback. As long as nothing was written to the area from where those files were originally you should be able to get them back.

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It is probably best to search using a wildcard (e.g. *.ext) as when files are moved they may be renamed on the local drive, however the extension usually remains the same. Look for ones around the same date as the files were moved, or do a search for files on or around that date.

Can you recover them from the target drive? as this may give different or better results as the files would most likely be contiguous depending upon how much data was already on there, then you could recover in raw mode.

scottydbAuthor Commented:
OK I've accepted the answer from rindi, but I only really ever asked if I should be able to recover them, not how to. Turns out the files were deliberately shredded.

Erik BjersPrincipal Systems AdministratorCommented:
Us "experts" like to answer the asked question and the unasked questions... a little extra for the next reader who needs to know how to recover the files.
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