How to Retrieve overwritten files

December 22, 2012 at 07:39:47
Specs: Windows Vista
How do I retrieve an overwritten file in windows vista, I don't have the shadow feature.

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December 22, 2012 at 07:54:55
You can try a free program such Recuva or PC Inspector, but if the file was over written it may be too badly corrupted to retrieve.

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December 23, 2012 at 10:33:38
Try this but I don't think it will work.

When you delete a file the operating system just "forgets" that it is there. The space is marked as free and eventually another file is pasted over it. If you overwrite it (paste it over it) the operating system just places the new one over the new one. I've done it myself.

I'm sorry but because you overwrote it I don't think you can recover it.

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December 23, 2012 at 13:46:14
Thank you all: I did the soft ware route with no help. However, I'm using window vista, had I been using window vista ultra, there is an option built in to retrieve. Therefore, for your edification, when buying a new computer, said feature should be included. I'm going to try other software next like and Recuva. Merry Christmas.

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January 7, 2013 at 11:59:20
There is no such thing as recovery of overwritten files.

Once a file is overwritten that means the original is gone because the new file occupies less/same/more space than the original.

Deleting a file simple marks the space as available which allows for recovery. Since it was not deleted there is nothing to recover.

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