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Recover deleted sub site in Sharepoint 2003

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We have an issue where a sub-site of a SharePoint 2003 site was accidently deleted.  
There is no current backup of the site.  Does anyone know of a software\tool to restore a deleted sub-site?  
As far as Ive seen it looks like if you delete a site/sub-site it does not go to the SharePoint recycle bin.  
Any input would be appreciated.  Thanks.
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SharePoint 2003 doesn't come with a recycle bin automatically set up.  You can set it up but by default it is not 'on'.  SharePoint 2007 and forward do have recycle bins.  That said, when you delete a portal site it generally isn't put into the recycle bin as it's more data in the database than files in folders.

If your SharePoint server isn't being backed up, chances are the data is gone for good.  This is something I learned by experience unfortunately.

However, you can try a Central Administration restore. This is likely your best bet to try to restore some, if not all, of the information.  Rather than type out the instructions, I'll defer to Microsoft:

   1. On the SharePoint Portal Server Central Administration for Server server_name page, in the Portal Site and Virtual Server Configuration section, click Create a portal site.
   2. On the Create Portal Site page, in the Portal Creation Options section, click Restore a portal.
   3. In the Restore Portal From Database section, do the following:
         1. In the Site database server list, select the content database server.
         2. In the Site database name box, type the name of the content database from which you want to restore the portal site.

The name of the database ends in _SITEDB.

   3. In the User profile database server list, select the database server that hosts the user profile database.
   4. In the User profile database name box, type the name of the user profile database from which you will restore user profile information for the portal.
   5. In the Services database server list, select the database server that hosts the services database.
   6. In the Services database name box, type the name of the services database from which you will restore services for the portal.

   4. In the Site URL section, do the following:

   1. In the Virtual Server list, click the existing virtual server on this server that hosts the portal site.
   2. In the URL box, type the URL that users use to connect to the portal site.

By default, this URL is http://server_name/.

   1. Click OK.
   2. On the SharePoint Portal Server Central Administration for Server server_name page, in the Portal Site and Virtual Server Configuration section, click Create a portal site.
   3. In the Portal Creation Options section, click Create a portal.

At the end of successful portal site creation, the Operation Successful page appears. You can then further configure the portal site.

(http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-portal-server-it/restoring-a-portal-site-HA001160464.aspx)

Once you've restored (if you're able to) consider investing in a back up server just in case.
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