Recovering Overwritten Files

April 1, 2005 at 01:15:09
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP, 512mb

i have just overwritten a file, and it was 10 pages since i last saved onto floppy. If i deleted it it would be in the recrcle bin, but when you overwrite it where does it go??? can i recover it please help.
please help, i'm desperate. has anyone suceeded ?
David Firth

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#1
April 1, 2005 at 01:20:32

recovering deleted files are tough by them selves. To recover them that have been over written is twice as bad. You have to get a third party recovery program to do that. Expect it to take a long while too.
Try the data recovery program advertised on the top right hand corner of this page. They are fairly decent.

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#2
April 1, 2005 at 01:22:23

Hi David,

The ones which have been recommended are FileRecoveryPro and "Lost and Found".

I've had only limited experience with L&F and it saved the day.


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#3
April 1, 2005 at 01:29:54

It depends on whether or not it has been physically overwritten. When you delete something, the data is still on the hard drive, but a flag is set telling the OS that the space is available for writing if it wants it.

When you overwrite a file, the OS might write it elsewhere on the disk, and just modify the index to point to the new address.

You can try software data recovery tools to see if it's still there. Otherwise, you'd have to have profesionals use hardware recovery tools to look at the latent magnetic traces. That can be very expensive.

Make sure you don't write anything at all on the floppy. Don't defragment, scandisk, etc. Those tools can/will write to your floppy.


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#4
April 1, 2005 at 01:37:31

any no cost answerrs? i'm a kid with little money. this work is really important. thanxs for your help so far, i'll see if i can get the software.

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#5
April 1, 2005 at 01:43:04

did saying that i am a kid put you off?

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#6
April 1, 2005 at 01:49:49

Firda, did you maybe get lucky? If you deleted before overwriting, it was sent to the recycle bin and restoration is a snap from there. If that's not the case, afraid you're faced with a difficult and likely expensive task that you might want to avoid unless that's the only option.
HTH.
Ed in Texas.

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#7
April 1, 2005 at 02:08:05

The data recovery business is lucrative because of situations like this.

There are no no-cost solutions (unless you've bought the software long ago). It's just how systems are designed.


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#8
April 1, 2005 at 03:30:12

Firda,

As said by #3, do NOT make any changes to the floppy.

It would be a good idea to use WinImage to make an image of the floppy. Then make a copy and work with the copy. Make a fresh copy for each recovery attempt. Once you make changes, there ain't much going back.

What type file are we talking about?


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#9
April 1, 2005 at 04:02:48

a word document. i had a blank doc open and instead of clicking open i clicked save and i cliked on the file with all my work on and click the 'save button' which i din't look at as i assumed that it was the open button. I clicked yes automatically without thinking press on what i later realised to be 'are you sure you want to replace this' message. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
have anyone recovered an overwritten file?how?

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#10
April 1, 2005 at 04:15:32

please help. i need that work

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#11
April 1, 2005 at 04:29:53

the floppy is irrelevant by the way. that is just a back up copy of the file, but i had written ten pages since i last put it onto floppy.

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#12
April 1, 2005 at 05:01:32

Hi firda,

The floppy is not irrelevant if that's where the file is.

Where is the file?


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#13
April 1, 2005 at 05:11:28

i saved a back copy of the file about four days ago onto the floppy. then i wrote 10 pages and saved that file on the hardrive. then i overwrtie this file . i am left with a floppy with an old copy that doesn't have the latest 10 pages. i askin if you know how to recover the file that was on the hardrive. floppy is irrelevent.(fro give spelling mistakes)

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#14
April 1, 2005 at 08:38:05

anyone esle gunna reply?

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#15
April 6, 2005 at 04:28:15

no?


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#16
April 16, 2005 at 11:33:21

If the file is overwritten multiple times, then I think you are out of luck. Even the recovery programs only get the deleted files that still remain in open sectors, if its over written then this doesn't exist and they won't work.
(Of course the FBI can still do this, but good luck on that one).

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