When you delete a file in Windows Explorer or My Computer, the file is put into the Recycle Bin. The file remains in the Recycle Bin until you empty the Recycle Bin or restore the file.
If the files are deleted from the Recycle bin or if you empty the recycle bin, the files are “permanently” lost.
I myself have developed a habit of deleting every other file using “Shift+Delete”. I rarely move the files to Recycle Bin. And many times I have accidentally deleted few important files/folders.
The only way to recover these “permanently” deleted files is to use an “undelete” software. There are lot of undelete software’s out there in the marketplace; however most of them are not free.
Undelete PLUS is a free tool which provides a quick and effective way to retrieve accidentally deleted files, files removed from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, from a network drive, from Windows Explorer with the SHIFT key held down.
Undelete Plus works on Win 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003 operating systems. The program also supports all Windows file systems including FAT12/16/32,NTFS and image recovery from CompactFlash, Multimedia and Secure Digital cards.
Also the software claims to have no adware, spyware or malware.
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Generally am pretty skeptical about such softwares, but I guess its use must be limited. Since as far as I know, on deletion, only the link to the file being deleted is removed and the space is considered available. However, the file contents are not actually removed from the media. But consequently, the space made ‘available’ would be taken up/overwritten by something else.
Just wondering, if the file will be recoverable then?
Yes, if the software shows the status as overwritten, you can kiss goodbye to that file 😀
Oh.. didn’t really notice that in the image.. thats pretty good then..