Recovering Emails

Posted on 2006-10-23
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Hey guys,

A guy at work deleted his Outlook.pst file.  I don't think there's a way to retrieve it.  It's not in the recycle bin.  Does anyone know of a way to recover that file?
Question by:warriorfan808
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Greetings, warriorfan808 !

If he just deleted the PST and did not overwrite it with a new PST file, then you can use one of these recovery programs to recover the file

FreeUndelete        http://officerecovery.com/freeundelete/index.htm
PC Inspector        http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm
Restoration            http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html              
Active Undelete        http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html
Flash Recovery        http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecoverontracky.html
TestDisk & utilities    http://www.cgsecurity.org

Recovery My Files        http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
GetDataBack            http://www.runtime.org/      
Stellar            http://www.stellarinfo.com/            
Restorer 2000        http://www.bitmart.net/
Ontrack            http://www.ontrack.com/
Easy Recovery        http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/
Zero Assumption        http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe

If a new PST file have overwritten the old file, then the file cannot be recovered. You need to find a backup or achieve.pst file.

Best wishes!

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So far, Free Undelete didn't work.  Trying out PC Inspector, but it's taking a while.  I'll keep you and everyone else updated, just in case someone else has this problem and finds this thread, on my findings.

FreeUndelete does have a paid email recovery agent and it does have a demo version, but it will only work if you have the .pst file.  Basically recovers deleted emails from the .pst file.
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PC Inspector should work.  I did not know Free Undelete is no longer free.
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Free Undelete is free, but it will not work for pst files.  They tell you to use their email recovery agent that costs money.

PC Inspector only recovered Jpegs.  I later looked and noticed it was a setting.  I tried to scroll down and select a different file type, but it seemed to only list either picture formats for codecs.  Also, I was unable to switch the default for the size of file being found.  It kept going back to 15mb.

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Did the outlook.pst file get over written?  If not, and file is deleted, PC Inspector should find a file ~utlook.pst.  Put the "o" back for "~".

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Thanks war1

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