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Old 02-14-06, 05:09 PM   #7
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Default Re: Recovering deleted files under WinXP

If the file was on the system partition it's hard to get the file back intact. The way windows works is it marks the deleted files storage space as unused and then starts using the space anytime a file needs to be saved. Since windows is constantly creating files under normal use the deleted files storage area gets overwritten pretty fast. So what you're seeing is normal if it was on the system partition. That's why I use a fairly small partition for windows and store all of my important files on a non-system partition. And of course always restore a file to a different drive than it was deleted on or you may overwrite it's storage area with the recovery process.
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