How To Recover Deleted Files from a Server

Traditionally, files deleted by network clients from the server cannot be recovered. Previously the only way to recover the files would be from a backup copy that you made prior to the deletion, and that can be time consuming. Nowadays there are programs that are able to restore and recover deleted files from a server.

Check out the instructions on how to install and use Undelete 2009 Server Edition created by Diskeeper © Corporation. This program will work with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and 2008 as well as with Windows Vista.

  1. Install the program into your system. Files deleted from the server will be stored in the Undelete Recovery Bin, including those files that were deleted from shared network folders. You may also search for files that have been deleted prior to the installation of the Undelete 2009 Server Edition. You also have the option to have several Undelete Recovery Bins for each of the volumes of your system.
  2. Once you have installed it, double click the Undelete Recovery Bin icon from your desktop to open its interface. The interface has tool bars and drop down menus. You will be able to view a tree of your system’s available disk volumes, folders and the list of files that were deleted from a particular folder or volume that has been stored in the recovery bin.
  3. The right side of the dialog box will show the files that have been deleted with its original file name and extensions. You can click the title bar to sort the files in the correct or reverse alphabetical order. You can also view the number of copies of the deleted file, the file size, the date when the files were deleted or modified and who deleted the files. The name that will be reported is based on the account name that was used to delete the file. If the deleted file is local, it will show the name of the local machine used followed by the account name. It can also show the name of the file owner.
  4. If there is only one deleted file to be recovered, you can right click the name of the file and select the Recover option. If there are several files that you need to recover, select all the files and click the Recover icon from the program tool bar. It is the icon that looks like a sheet of paper with a green arrow pointing upwards.
  5. The recovered files will be restored to where they were originally saved. If the directory folder has also been deleted along with the files, the program will also recover and restore the folder. Likewise you can specify the location where you want to store the recovered files and click OK. In cases where the deleted files have the same name as those currently saved in the original location, the files will have version numbers added to them.
  6. There is also a search function in the Undelete 2009 Server Edition that will allow you to look for the files that have been deleted prior to the program’s installation. In the Search Disk field, enter the name of the file you want to recover. Include wildcard characters for those files that you cannot fully remember the name. You can also specify the drive or location where the search function will begin and click the Search button. Once the files have been recovered, highlight those that will be saved and click the Undelete Files button to open the dialog box where you can specify where the files will be stored. Click OK when you are done. You have the option to search for files in the Search Disk option by typing the name or location of the original file.

You should have administrative permissions to be able to recover deleted files. The best option to prevent file deletions is to make sure that all network clients are aware of the cost of deleting files from a server and they should inform all those concerned before deleting any file.


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