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Solved need to recover deleted lwp files from hard drive

October 14, 2013 at 20:27:31
Specs: Windows95
running dos 2.0
windows 95
actually win xp
i am tring to veiw files that have been deleted or shall i say earesed off a hard drive consiting of win 95. i have it in a computer running xp need to find file contents so it can be printed

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October 15, 2013 at 02:51:45
You can try using file recovery software, but bear in mind that if the drive in question has had other data written to it since those files were deleted, you may find that the files you're trying to rescue have been overwritten, either partially or completely.

In other words, recovery should really be attempted as soon possible after the files have been deleted. Free recovery software here:

If you're willing to pay for undelete software which can usually recover files that the free one's can't, try Zero Assumption Recovery:

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October 15, 2013 at 10:18:54
Hi Elieg, W95 runs under DOS, and seems strange to run under such an early version of dos. If the program used to create these files was run as a dos program, see:-

Note comment concerning W95!

Also see:-

From memory, seem to recall when a file is deleted, the first letter of its name is changed to a ?.

Please advise back on progress.

Good Luck - Keep us posted.

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October 16, 2013 at 01:24:51
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If the 95 drive is partitioned as fat16, dos 5 and up has an UNDELETE command which easily recovers files that haven't been overwritten. As Mike mentioned, deleting a file really just deletes the first letter of the file name so the undelete command shows the file with a question mark as the first character and you type in the letter to recover that file.

The old Norton utilities for dos has an UNERASE command which worked the same way.

If the drive is fat16 and not fat32 either of those commands should work fine. You might consider booting from a dos bootdisk to run them as I'm not certain they'll run in a windows environment.

Fat32 file recovery is a little more complicated.

Oh, and I'm not sure what you mean by using dos 2.0, but don't. Versions that old could only recognize partitions up to abouit 30 meg--maybe less than that for 2.0.

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