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Will System Restore Delete My Files?

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My dad recently installed TaxCut on my computer and did his 2007 taxes.

Unfortunately, I had forgotten that he did this -- and I ran a system restore back to a date PRIOR to when he had installed Tax Cut.

After realizing what I had done, I "undid" my system restore. This undo reinstalled the TaxCut program -- but I am unable to find the specific tax file that he was working on.

Has his file vanished forever? (I am running Windows XP).
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Normally restore doesn't wipe data but, again, restore is a serious operation and things can go wrong.

Do you know the name of the file? If yes, run a search for it. If you are not sure what to look for, create a fake file, write down the type of the file and run a search. In this case search for *xyz (xyz being the three letters that define the type of file. For example, .doc defines a Word documents. All this long explanation is due to the fact that I always forget how you call these letters in English).
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^If the above dont work...

Try a freeware program called Recuva
Install it then scan your harddrive, it will reover all the files that have been deleted so there might be quite a few to sift through, but if you no the name its not that difficult as it puts them in alphabetical order

hope this helps

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