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How can i get my files back?

Posted on 2013-01-10
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A user, with a "My Documents" redirect and roaming profile deleted some of her files and needs them back.

Where do files from mapped drives go and is there any way to get them back?

even if i cannot retrieve them, is there anything i can do as a work around to keep people from permanently deleting those files?

Thanks
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Question by:brotherbassman
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by:smckeown777
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Redirected folders are usually in \\server\folderredirection share - what version of SBS is this on?

Have you not a backup of the server? If so they are in that so you can retrieve from the backup
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SharifMcD earned 500 total points
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Let me understand you better:
you mean that the "My Document" folder is deleted from file server were it should be?
if this is the case, and you are using windows XP
then the system automatically keeps an "OFFLINE" copy of the files (not all of them) it depends on certain configuration, unless you disable that feature

and to access your offline files:
-double click my computer
-click on TOOLS
-select "Folder Options"
- chose "Offline files" tab and on the bottom click on "View files"
Thats it

if you are using windows 7
then you go to "sync center" and find the offline feature setting and click on show my files

i hope it will work with you
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by:brotherbassman
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Thanks for you input, but its is Server 2008 Enterprise and Shadow copy in not on.

Now keep in mind, I am told they were in that folder but cannot verify this.

ran Recuva on Server and on local machine and it has no sign of the files at all.

BUT even if i cannot recover the files, i still need a way that when they are deleted the get sent to a recycle bin or some folder when deleted.

Is that even possible?
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by:brotherbassman
ID: 38764914
SharifMcD - no, I have a GPO that redirects all users "My Documents" to a folder on the server along with thier roaming profiles including desktops.

this user is claiming they just "Dissappeared" from her "My Documents" folder which in on the server.

the offline files option in on but the files she claims are gone are not there.

any other ideas?
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by:Ron Malmstead
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www.RecoverMyFiles.com

That software, though not free, has been a life saver to me for recovering deleted files.
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by:smckeown777
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I think they go into the Recycle bin...

If you want to see the recycle bin folder in the redirection folder, you need to un-tick the hidden view option in the folder options on the server.

Select "Show hidden files, folders, and drives."
Un-tick "Hide protected operating system files"

After that, you should be able to see the hidden Recycle Bin (File folder) under all redirected folders. In the redirected desktop folder, you should be able to see two Recycle Bin folders.

One is the system folder.

The other one is File folder which is used to sync to local machine.
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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Network Recycle Bin at $10/machine is something that I used prior to 2008R2
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by:Don Thomson
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If the files were on the server and the user deleted them, there is no Recycle Bin - Deleting files from a server is normally not even permitted except by an Administrator.

The only time a file goes to a Recycle bin is if it deleted on a local drive.

The Server should be doing twice a day backups - If the backup was not set up on the server - then it's time to get a new Administrator. That's one of the first tasks that should be done. You can try going on the server and right mouse on the redirected My Documents folder and click on properties and Previous versions - If there is nothing there - the files are gone
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