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Download the file REST2514.zip. This free tool will allow you to undelete files in DOS, Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, and XP even if they have been emptied from the recycle bin.
To use it, simply enter a partial filename or extension. The program will search the entire hard drive for a match to your search request.
This utility is not guaranteed to work successfully every time. See technical explanation below for further information.
The reason this utility works is that Windows only removes the entry in the File Allocation Table (FAT) when you request that the file be deleted. Windows does not actually delete the file data from the hard drive. However, once the FAT entry has been removed, other files can be placed in the physical location on the disk where old files once were designated to be. Therefore, the ability to recover any given file is dependent on many factors, including the amount of disk activity since the accidental deletion, the physical location of the file on the disk, disk fragmentation, and other factors.
Good luck in recovering your file(s)!