Is there a log of deleted files and folders in Win XP?

Posted on 2008-11-05
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I am looking for evidence of deleted files and folders in Windows XP and Windows 2000. Is there a log for this and where is it located?
Question by:Khalilur
    LVL 70

    Assisted Solution

    Other than the recycle bin - which may have been emptied - No
    LVL 12

    Expert Comment

    i now you want for windows but well for linux:
    find * -type d -print -exec rmdir --verbose {} \; >>$LOG

    best regards...
    LVL 3

    Accepted Solution

    You can get several programs which can recover deleted files, even once they've been emptied from the recycling bin. <- this is a free tool that will recover most files. It produces a list of the deleted files and gives you the option to restore them. I highly rate it.
    LVL 12

    Expert Comment

    when recovering a file:

    let me say, getDataBack and HandyRecovery are the best imho...Recovering is not the issue sometimes but recovered files must be meaningful...Handy is powerful in recovering especially in image recovery...But since our asker's issue is not how to recover a file, i admit with KCTS...No way...
    LVL 50

    Expert Comment

    If the link to undelete-plus is not working, try,64843-page,1-c,utilities/description.html
    While jazzIIIlove and KCTS are correct that "Undelete" or recovery programs theorectically are for recovery, they do offer the possibility of showing a list of files that can be recovered.  That list would serve Khalilur's purpose.  The downside is that the recovery programs can show such files only before they are overwritten with new data, so the list will probably be incomplete.
    Other free Undelete programs
    LVL 3

    Expert Comment

    If you got all you need can you please close this question.

    Featured Post

    How to run any project with ease

    Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
    - Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
    - View and edit from mobile/offline
    - Cut down on emails

    Join & Write a Comment

    If your system is showing symptoms of browser hijacks or 'google search redirects' check out my other article ( first and run the tool TDSSKiller ( to get rid of the infection. Once done, and if the …
    For both online and offline retail, the cross-channel business is the most recent pattern in the B2C trade space.
    Access reports are powerful and flexible. Learn how to create a query and then a grouped report using the wizard. Modify the report design after the wizard is done to make it look better. There will be another video to explain how to put the final p…
    Here's a very brief overview of the methods PRTG Network Monitor ( offers for monitoring bandwidth, to help you decide which methods you´d like to investigate in more detail.  The methods are covered in more detail in o…

    746 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    16 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now