How could I recover a file that was deleted from an FTP server ?

Posted on 2006-05-26
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Hi Experts.

I need to find out how to recover a file that was deleted from an FTP server.  I was testing an FTP server to make sure the files could be uploaded and I miskately deleted an important file. Does it go to a recycle bin ? or does it go anywhere else. Please help.

Thank you.
Question by:LeonHeyns
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    Accepted Solution

    File Recovery

    When a file is deleted either from the Network, By a program or from the Command Line, is does not get put into the recycle bin. However the file is NOT erased, instead the information that points to the file is erased. By erasing the pointer, the file becomes "Invisible" to the Operating system. Using Third party software these files can be recovered.

    NOTE: remove the offending Hard Drive and fit in in a working PC as a slave drive - Deleted files get overwritten FIRST so just installing recovery software can over-write them.

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    have u tried any recovery or undelete softs?
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    Expert Comment

    PeteLong has covered the many available options.

    Was the FTP server being backed up?  if so, you should be able to restore it from backup.

    If it is an FTP server that is heavily used, the quicker you stop writing to that drive (stop the FTP service) and attempt the recovery of the files the higher the chance for recovery of the file.  

    If you know who uploaded the file in the first place, checking with them might yield a copy.

    Author Comment

    Thank you experts, we checked the backup and the backup has already been over written. Thank you to all and especially for being detailed and precise.

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