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empty recycle bin... is it really gone?


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someone very kindly emptied my recycle bin without my knowledge... :whistling:
is that info really gone forever? or is there a way to restore it (without fancy software and stuff)
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Hi gecko girl...

No, it's not gone. It's there and may be recoverable. Have a look at this Information.

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cool, thanks... i will try it when i get home tonight.
hold thumbs! :whistling:
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hmmm, gave it a try, but didn't really work as i wanted it to... what about if i "restore to a previous date"...? how exactly do i do that? would it help restore all the stuff that was in the trash?
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Items in blue which are underlined are clickable to give more information about the process

Start the System Restore Utility at a command prompt

1. Restart your computer, and keep tapping F8 during the initial start-up until you get options, select Safe Mode with a Command Prompt then press enter.

2. Log on to your computer with an administrator account or with an account that has administrator credentials.

3. Type the following command at a command prompt, and then press ENTER:

%systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe

4. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to an earlier state.

Look for the most recent system checkpoint created before the errors to restore from

For additional information about the Safe mode with a command prompt, click 315222 to see a description of the Safe Mode Boot Options in Windows XP


You can download and install Tune Up and use its undelete option to show files in good condition

http://www.tune-up.com

When you have determined if you can recover anything, and after restoring it safely, this is a guide for using tune up

Prefetch is clickable for more information

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, (all files will highlight), right click any file, click delete, confirm

Click start then all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up

Reboot

Click start then all programmes, accessories, system tools to run defragmenter

Download, install and run
Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up disc clean up

Run Tune Up registry clean up

Disable the anti virus programme then click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, the screen will lose colour during the process which can take a few minutes and then needs a reboot

Check the anti virus programme is running

Those will have cleared the drive of obsolete software errors

These are suggestions for making the most of the free trial

Click optimize and improve then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot.

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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wow! thats a lot to do... should keep me busy this weekend... i'll let u know.
thanks
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:whistling: System restore should not take long, if no go with that then tune up undelete will take 10 minutes to scan the drive

You only need to run through the guide for tune up within a month, before the trial ends
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nope... system restore didn't help... :whistling:
hmmm... looks like i'll just have to deal with the fact that all that stuff is gone...?
thanks tho
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Did you look at tune up undelete, it is a trial but fully functional
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i did... i'm not very good with computers! so, i might have done something wrong, or something... maybe i should give it another go tonight... hmmm
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Make a new folder in my documents, click the yellow tune up icon, click file recovery and destruction, click tune up undelete, search C and tick show files in good condition, when it has run that, restore them to the new folder

Then you can sort them from there
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gave tune up a shot... it restored a whole bunch of stuff... but files with filenames like .dat and .tmp and wierd stuff like that... not anything that i had in my recycle bin... :whistling:
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