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This isnt a programming question but i just deleted files i shouldnt have from a usb and want to know if theres any way to get them back. Im using windows xp home and havent closed the usb folder or shutdown the system or anything like that can anybody help!!

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Depends on whether the usb filesystem completely overwrites the file when it deletes or just removes the reference to the file. Either way recovering a file wouldn't be straight forward. You'd somehow need to get an image of the entire usb disk and manually find your (possibly corrupt and/or fragmented) files within that. Do you need to get these files back that bad?

I don't suppose they ended up in the recycle bin?

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nearly all usb devices use a fat32 filesystem, which means deleting the files merely removes a refrence to them


it also means you'd use the same tools [thing windows 98 and prior era] to recover the files. Not having to do this recently I can't remember the name of any such tools.

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There is lots of files for file recovery.
Try searching for 'fat32 file recovery' or something similar on google.

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Quote:
Original post by Anonymous Poster
...lots of files for...

whoops, I meant programs.

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Ok thanks all im downloading a prog called smartrecovery now gonna give it a try. The files dont really matter that much but they werent mine so id just like to get them back :)

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