retrieving deleted files - ad aware
Posted 19 November 2006 - 08:24 PM
over 1,000 documents including several years work of family
history!! Please help....how can I retrieve deleted files
from ad aware scans? Is there a way to contact support
other than this forum?
Posted 20 November 2006 - 04:53 AM
Not sure how an Ad-Aware scan achieved that but unless you deleted the files instead of (or after) quarantining them, yes you can recover them. That is, it it was the Ad-Aware scan that did it...
If you have your Ad-Aware set to the default safety settings (click the "Configuration Cog Wheel" icon at the upper-right of the main Status Screen):
In the General section, under Safety, you should have a green tick beside the options "Automatically quarantine objects prior to removal" and "Safe mode (always request confirmation)". If you do then go back to the main Status Page:
Click on the link in the lower-centre "Open Quarantine list".
If the above options were set correctly, you should find a quarantine file dated the day that you did the scan. Double-click it and you will get a log of the quarantined items. If it is the correct Quarantine file, close the log, then click on "Restore" (in the bottom-right corner).
I hope that that gives you back the files that you are looking for.
Posted 20 November 2006 - 05:47 AM
thanks for your reply....yes, unforntunately i did not have those safety measures ticked
and did not quarentine my files.
i rarely used ad-aware and didn't realize it's potential....at some point i must have unclicked
the quarantine default setting
so short of using an "undelete" program...there probably isn't much i can do...is there?
Posted 20 November 2006 - 11:21 PM
Sorry to hear that. At the moment, I use Norton Systemworks 2005 (2006 is a bit too resource-heavy for my liking), which includes a module that keeps copies of deleted files for a given number of days - I take it that you don't have anything like that?
If the documents really are vital, you should be able to find a computer forensics expert somewhere near your location - deleted files are not actually deleted, you just can't see them any more. May cost a bit but the files should be recoverable, even if their location has been over-written.
Posted 21 November 2006 - 06:00 PM
No, I don't have the Norton program, but I will check around to see if I can find help in recovering the files.
I've been told it is a bad idea to keep using my computer in the meantime, but I have too much work pressing not to. How long are deleted files usually recoverable? Or does that vary?
Thanks for your help. Live and learn!
Posted 23 November 2006 - 07:59 AM
Depends what, and how often, info is over-written where the files were.
Have only a vague idea as to how they do it - but hey, look at what they recovered from deleted emails at Enron and MS ( to name but two).
For what it's worth, I'd get the files recovered sooner rather than later. The more that is over-written, I guess the harder it would be - but that is only a guess
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