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Finding Files that have been Deleted off of a shared network drive

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Hello all,
  I have a user that mistakenly deleted files off of a shared network drive.  Where do these files go?  Is there anyway to recover these files.  The delete just happened.  I appreciate any help that can be provided.

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Here's an extensive list of recovery tools created by sirbouty. Install and run these from your server ASAP. The longer you wait, the less likely hood to recover the files.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_21014635.html#11240391

I personally have used and like the active@undelete.

Also, don't you have any backups of your server? If not, it's time to get something implemented. Tape backup, backup to disc, shadow copies (windows 2003) are a few options. perferably tape backup or backup to another disk.

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Or if the file is gone.  How can I set up a version of a recycle bin for the shared drive?

fnbgppl
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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It's exactly as NetAdmin says - the longer you wait the less likely you wil be able to recover.  And if this IS 2003 server, don't let this happen again - enable Volume Shadow copy to protect against it and/or buy a 3rd party commercial product like undelete from Executive Software (I think they may have renamed themselves Diskeeper Corporation or something like that - http://www.undelete.com/file-recovery.asp).

And in general, if you need help with backups, I suggest you start by reading my backup comment turned web page.
http://www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/backup.asp

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NetAdmin2436,
    Yes, I have backups.  But the file that was deleted was created today, and I have not gotten a CDP solution in place as of yet.  (This would probably be a good driver).  Over all this file is not business critical, it just brings to the forefront the possibilities of "what if" and I want to have that what if covered before it actually happens.  
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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There is no version of the recycle bin built in - that's why you need a 3rd party tool such as Undelete.  And another option that's very good is shadow copies as mentioned 3 times now.

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The OS is win 2003 server.  Thanks for the Shadow copy I will research it.
Leew, actually this is what i have used...they look too similar. :)
http://www.active-undelete.com/

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leew,
    Great resource on backups and the adminprep looks like it could be interesting as well.  Thank you all for your "extremely" prompt help.  I really appreciate it.  I will move foward on how best to use Shadow copy.  One quick question, if it is possible to configure Shadow copy to post to an external drive would that constitute as a simple CDP solution.   Thanks again

fnbgppl
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Shadow copy can be configured to store it's snapshots on other disks, but I've never seen a way to utilize the data unless Windows was aware of it and I've never seen a way to take "orphaned" shadow copy data and reincorporate it into your server.  So I don't think there's a practical way of doing that.