Monday, September 04, 2006

What are my chances of recovering a deleted file? (CNET Community Newsletter: Q&A Forums)


I have a hypothetical question: What if you've accidentally deleted important files, emptied them from the recycling bin, then want to get them back? If you immediately realize what you did, is there anything that can be done to get the files back?

Is there any software I can purchase to recover those files? Are there any available recovery services? What other steps should I take in event like this--turning off the computer right away? Is there any hope to recover these files, or are they gone for good?

I hope these questions don't sound silly to you, but I want to know just in case I ever do such an unthinkable mistake. Thanks!