[thelist] File recovery?

Lee Kowalkowski lee.kowalkowski at googlemail.com
Wed Jun 27 04:36:12 CDT 2007

On 26/06/07, Jon Molesa <rjmolesa at consoltec.net> wrote:
> I'd still like to know if it's even possible.

Well, as you've overwritten the file instead of deleting it, it's a
harder task.

File recovery of a deleted file on most file systems is just a change
to the directory, so the file is still on disk, but available for
overwriting, recovery is possible pretty much automatically, there are
many tools.

If you truncate a file though, the chances are for a period of time,
most of the bytes are still on disk, but automatic recovery is not
very likely.  You'll need a tool like Disk Investigator
(http://www.diskcleaners.com/) to examine the sectors of your disk and
manualy recover them.

Why can't all file systems have file versioning like Files-11?

Another good discipline is to use a version control system like Subversion.


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