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    I accidentally deleted items on my desktop with a script which usd the del command (win xp pro os). I have not yet rebooted pc. how can i restore back?

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    Re: Recover deleted items from DEL command

    This is actually nothing to do with scripting, but never mind.

    Deleting through the command line does NOT go into the recycle bin, so that will not work. You will need a 3rd party utility (I use ExecSoft's Undelete).
    I would recommend you
    a) do no more work on your PC
    b) power down by removing the mains lead (regular shut down will change files and may overwrite)
    c) get a suitable utility, preferably on a bootable CD
    d) boot with it and try to recover the file

    How important is the file to you?

    NB -- not a good idea to keep anything except shortcuts on your desktop!

    Tom
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      Re: Recover deleted items from DEL command

      thread moved to Windows 2000 Pro, XP Pro
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      • #4
        Re: Recover deleted items from DEL command

        I recommend Hiren's Boot CD. It has several tools to do this.

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        • #5
          Re: Recover deleted items from DEL command

          Originally posted by leoh View Post
          I recommend Hiren's Boot CD. It has several tools to do this.
          I would agree that this is a very useful tool, but also remind you that you should own a licensed copy of each piece of software on it that you use.
          Tom Jones
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          • #6
            Re: Recover deleted items from DEL command

            Probably a late reply, but if you have not powered the machine off yet, then there are some tools you can use without having to reboot - one, hosted at the MVPs site, is Restoration, although SnapFiles has the most recent version:

            http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html

            Another is a new one on the market, Recuva:

            http://www.recuva.com/

            Seeing as the Desktop folder is a part of your Documents and Settings directory, if you have been adding and / or storing more things on your desktop, then there is a good chance that the will not be fully recoverable. However, if you have left your system in nearly the same state as it was in just after the deleting, then chances are better than good that they will be recoverable, as long as the items in question were not very large and you haven't done any major downloads (that would use up the freed disk space).
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            • #7
              Re: Recover deleted items from DEL command

              Originally posted by leoh View Post
              I recommend Hiren's Boot CD. It has several tools to do this.
              Hmmmm...
              Hiren's Boot CD, although packed with a lot of goodies, it is considered very problematic from the licensing point of view. So much that in some circles it is considered illegal.
              Tools you might want to check:
              - Live Distros;
              - search with free undelete as search string;

              I would definitely go with Ossian.

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