Deleted data yesterday. Is there a way to go back to yesterday's version.

Someone deleted a whole bunch of files to free up space on my pc yesterday.  Only they weren't backed up and we need the data.  Soemoen said you could go to an earlier version and it's like yesterday never happened.  How do I do this?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
are they still in your recycle bin? if not you need an undelete utility ie. executive software undelete (diskeeper company).. you can search and try what's available on the internet but most are not free or are severly crippled.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
If the files were just dragged to the Recycle Bin, then they can be recovered from there.  The "go to an earlier version and it's like yesterday never happened" is probably System Restore.  But System Restore only recovers certain deleted system files or registry settings.  See this MS article:


http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;306084
HOW TO: Restore the Operating System to a Previous State in Windows XP

If the files are not in your Recycle Bin, you could try various file recovery utilities (which other readers of this question will probably recommend to you in their comments.)  You need to install and run most file recovery utilities from another drive than where you lost the data, because otherwise installation of the utility might overwrite the deleted files storage.  My favorite recovery utility is this:

http://www.webattack.com/Freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.shtml

Find "Restoration" as program number 6 on the above page.

Restoration is an easy to use and straight forward tool to undelete files that were removed from the recycle bin or directly deleted from within Windows. Upon start, you can scan for all files that may be recovered and also limit the results by entering a search term or extension. In addition, it also provides the option to wipe the found files beyond simple recovery. The program is small and standalone, it does not require installation and can also run from a Floppy disk. Restoration works with FAT and NTFS as well as digital cameras cards.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
If they were on a shared drive on a server protected by "volume shadow copy of shared folders" you could "restore previous version" - I think that is what your friend may be thinking of. However, if this does not apply and the files are not in the recyle bin then the methods suggested by LeeW should be tried.

If you still get no joy then try GetDataback http://www.runtime.org/
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Malik1947Commented:
You would need to have setup restore points already for the system restore to work and retrieve data from yesterday.

that being said there are some software products that you can use to recover some of the data. It may not work 100% of the time but it works most of the time.

http://www.easyrecovery-guide.com/
http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/file-recovery-software/
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YLawAuthor Commented:
they were deleted from recycle bin and the computer only has one drive.  
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YLawAuthor Commented:
any freeware?
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
The file I recommended is freeware:  Restoration.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
As any software you install is going to use some disk space - which may be that occupied by the deleted files, you are best advised to remove the drive from the machine and attach it to another machine as a slave drive. then install the recovery software on the master drive. If you don't then the software you use to recover tha data may actually destroy it permanently.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I said a similar thing above, and that is why I recommended Restoration.  It runs from a floppy or a USB stick and doesn't need to be installed on your hard drive.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
YLaw, any feedback?
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YLawAuthor Commented:
LeeTutor, sorry I was waiting to see if anyone else had anything because the page you supplied no longer existed.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
That's the internet for you -- always changing.  Here is another page I found it at:

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html
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YLawAuthor Commented:
thanks.
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