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Accidentally emptied Trash Can and need to get the files back

Pretend that you've emptied your Trash Can on a Windows computer only to realize you didn't need to do that and you need to retrieve those files. Is there anything that you can do or are you stuck?
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yes, but it has to be done quickly unless you have a tool that when the file is deleted it is shredded/secure delete.
Use a tool such as getdataback or test-disk, make sure when you recover, you recover the data to a completely separate drive than the one you are searching to avoid during the recovery potentially overwritting the file being recovered.
Is not a graphical tool, command line...


The less you do on the system following the deletion the more likely are your chances to recover the data.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is another product that does a similar thing.

Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Shut the system off cold, immediately, using the power button.  Do not use the standard Windows shutdown.

Then extract the drive from the system, take it to another machine, attach it to that machine and run your preferred file recovery program on it.

The longer the system runs the less chance there will be anything to recover.  Windows tends to allocate disk space last freed-first used.
brucegustPHP DeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thank you guys! I'll pass the info along and see if we can't stop the bleeding...!
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update.
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