Looking for deleted file recovery program

Hi, I have a 2008 R2 file server that someone moved or deleted files from.  Tape backup was too far back.

Question, what is a good recommendation for a deleted file recovery program, hopefully under a hundred bucks.

Thanks all.
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qlockSystems AdministratorCommented:
I have used this in the past, on multiple occasions, with success!


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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
GetDataBack https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

Free to try,  You pay for full functionality.  Thus if you see your files you'll pay ...

Note.   Best to not install this app on your server but another computer and attach your disk as slave to the computer.
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
When was the file(s) deleted?

Ideally, you want to do the recovery ASAP. If the server is heavily used and saves files frequently to the share, your chances of recovery diminish the longer you wait.
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madunix (Fadi SODAH)Chief Information Security Officer Commented:
You may try file recovery with runtime, we use also  following software, they are really good
noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
If nothing else was written to the drive since deletion then GetDataBack from Runtime.org is the best solution.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
thanks guys, I'm trying them now.  Yaw, I couldn't shut down the server and they are vague and ever changing on how important they are.  But this will be super important in the future
As already mentioned, getdataback is the best recovery tool. But on a server there are complications. Whenever you need to recover deleted files, the first thing to do is to stop using the PC in questions. Then remove the disk and scan it using another PC, so nothing gets written on the disk.

On servers this is usually not possible, and besides that, RAID is normally used there, so you can't just remove a disk and scan it, as it is part of an array of several disks.

In such a situation you would have to install an OS to a separate disk of the same server, and then install the raid controller's driver so you can search the array. This takes a lot of time (as does the search), and the server wouldn't be accessible during that time.

You also say the backup is too far back, so chances of recovery are very low, since the space the files lived in has likely been used in the meantime.

For the future I suggest enabling shadow copies on the server. That way you will be able to go back more easily in the future.
NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
FWIW, I installed GetDataBack and confirmed it restores per an earlier test here http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Windows_Server_2012/Q_28540678.html#a40393271

GetDataBack was installed on the server C:.
The test file was on the server data drive D:.
The test file was deleted by a workstation client.

Of course, I ran GDB right after deleting the file. YMMV.
DanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks all, they all worked great, I didn't get the files back, I think as someone mentioned the drive is active and fullish, they just had to eat it.  I now know for the future
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