Recover Lost File

Posted on 2011-10-26
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

Back in June I overwrote an important document with a blank one (I saved the blank one with the important ones name).

Is there anyway of recovering this?

Question by:heijmer
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    If it was on a server you can try Shadow Copy recover previous versions.  Or ask your IT Dept to restore from backup.  June is quite a stretch for shadow copy though.
    If it is on your local drive you can try something like Recuva.
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    Check the link below, it might help.

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    The best tool and the only one I use for this type of task is File Scavenger.  This thing finds files you've forgotten you had years ago.  Even after a format or raid failure it finds them all and tells you the health of it (your chances of it being a working copy after restoring.  

    Like any other tool though, if that part of the hard drive had been rewritten since then your chances of recovering it are slim.  Fortunately, from my experience, small files stick around for ages.
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    As you did this so long ago your chances are very slim. What you can try is to immediately stop using that HD, take it out of the PC and connect it to another PC running windows as a 2nd disk.

    Then scan it using getdataback. If it sees other versions of the file you have you have overwritten with dates that could be right, register the utility so you will be able to copy it to the main drive of the PC you are scanning the drive on (don't write to the same drive you are recovering from):

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