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File Recovery and the Recycle Bin

One of the big problems with accidental deletions is the omnipresent Recycle Bin that sits there on virtually every operating system in the world. The Recycle Bin appears to be a great convenience, and yes, it does make file recovery very simple in some instances. But it is extremely unwise to put any confidence in it when it comes to dealing with any data of any importance especially when working through a network.

The Recycle Bin captures files that are deleted from Windows NT Explorer only. Files deleted through other programs such as File Manager, or from within applications, are not sent to the Recycle Bin. Files deleted at the DOS prompt bypass the Recycle Bin and get instantly deleted; any files that are deleted from removable media, such as floppies, or Zip disks or files deleted from compressed folders, meet the same fate. For these files, file recovery is a lot more difficult. In addition, files that are deleted across a Windows NT network from one computer to another also bypass the Recycle Bin and are permanently deleted.

And files that are accidentally “saved over” are also a primary source of accidental deletions – and the Recycle Bin plays no part at all in that type of file recovery – files that are “saved over” are definitely GONE for good.

Most of us, of course, have no idea about the liabilities of the Recycle Bin, and thus, extremely important files constantly get deleted.

The estimated cost to the US economy due to accidental deletions runs into the tens of billions, and yet, almost everyone – from the home consumer to the biggest corporations in the world – still play “Russian roulette” with their files and data.

And for those who think tape backup is a solution, studies indicate that it is not very reliable. File recovery using tape backup often doesn’t work. This is because tape backup often results in corrupted files, or, even when it works, is done on the timetable of the IT department, and that can take hours or even days depending on the situation.

In order to prevent disaster, or even toying with it, the best solution is simply to have a file recovery system in place that will do the job, so that one never has to worry about whether or not an accidental deletion can be recovered.

There are several companies that offer solutions. Products are available ove r the internet however however some of them leave a lot to be desired. It is recommended to contat a data ecovery company with credibility, one such company Data Detect offers this service at the fraction of the cost of other DR comanies.

So when is “gone” really “gone?” It really depends on whether or not you rely on the Recycle Bin, or get a good data recovery company to help you. If your data is important to you, it’s best not to take chances.

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