Recover deleted file from recycle bin or shift delete

We have  terminal server where users log in and use E drive for their data.

One file has gone mission from E drive. (This is local drive on server )
And we don't have backup. Recover previous version option is not available.

We have checked recycle bin and it is not this. So, we are guessing it must have been deleted from re cycle bin or have been hard delete. (Shift delete)

What would be the best way to recover data that has been deleted from recycle bin?
Our server is Windows server 2008 R2
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If a server client deletes a server file, it is a hard delete.

If shadow copies have already been enabled for the file (folder) being worked on, you might get a copy from shadow storage or from the temporary file location of the application. Word and Excel keep a copy for a short while. Look in the Options, File Locations area.

if not there, then it is gone (because no backup).
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NVITEnd-user supportCommented:
This may be worth a try. They have a free download: https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

Your success also depends on how often the server writes files, also.
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itadminhelpAuthor Commented:
Thanks Guy,
John,
In my case Users rdp to server and access local E drive. So, it is not hard delete.(I still goes to recycle bin)
Shadow protect is not enabled.

I will try my luck with third party tool.
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viki2000Commented:
If it comes to 3rd party recovery software, then below are some list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_data_recovery_software
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/filerecovery/tp/free-file-recovery-programs.htm
http://lifehacker.com/5237503/five-best-free-data-recovery-tools
http://www.techradar.com/news/software/applications/best-free-recovery-software-1141256
http://data-recovery-software-review.toptenreviews.com/

I provided more links because some may disappear in time.
During years I have tried by myself many and my (subjective) opinion was the best that I found and satisfied my needs was one named R-Studio.
http://www.r-studio.com/
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rindiCommented:
Recovery tools on servers tend not to give you too much success. The problem is that the OS and also the users are writing constantly to the system, and chances are high that the location the file used has meanwhile been taken up by other files.

Standard procedure for recovery is to immediately stop using the PC and it's OS in question, connect it's HD to another PC and then scan it using the recovery software. That way nothing gets written to the disk you are recovering from, then if the file is found you copy it from the original disk to somewhere else.

Naturally this can't be done on servers, as you have RAID arrays which makes removing the disks and connecting them to PC's complicated, besides, the whole process takes a long time and having servers offline for so long is usually not possible. You could install an additional disk to the server and to that install a separate OS from which you could then scan the RAID array from using the 3rd party recovery tool, or you can boot it using a Linux LiveCD which includes recovery tools like Testdisk/Photorec and then scan the RAID array using that, but either way will still make the server offline for too long.

If I were you I'd call it a day and put this up to bad luck. Maybe you need to take some precautions for the future with more regular backups, and better user training so they don't shift-delete files that might be important.
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