Originally Posted by _-..zKiLLA..-_
what i would do first. (and this would be the quickest way is.) 1. Go to my computer then click search (u said u knew the file name) type the file name. and if it doesn't come up. then heres a list of free data recovery tools. From PCWorld
but BE CAREFULL WITH THE PROGRAMS cuz some of those are programs that will wipe deleted files for good
I am first going to perform a search for the file; but as I said I only have an hour with the computer. So I need to be able to be prepared for all scenarios. If the search doesn't turn up, I will check the recycle bin. And if its not in there I know there is a third way to find 'deleted' data.
This is what I understand so far. When you delete a file to the recycle bin, you don't actually delete it. You rename it and send it to a hidden folder, essentially your recycle bin. Then when you empty the recycling bin the information is still not lost. Rather it enters the file into a queue of other files that have been 'emptied from the recycle bin'. And Windows simply tells you that this space is now available. Although in reality that file is not lost until you require that space, and it is overwritten. I want to know how to recover a file if it has been 'emptied from the recycle bin', but not yet overwritten.
I do not want to install a 3rd party program, because the computer is so old that it has minimal HDD space. And installing a 3rd party program might take up so much space that it overwrites the file in its final stage of life.
So I guess my question is:
How do you recover files not yet overwritten once it has been 'emptied from the recycle bin' in windows NT and windows 95, without 3rd party software.