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Inadvertently cleared FAVORITES---retreivable?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by ERASER, Aug 26, 2004.

  1. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    Hi:

    My brother used one of those "wiping" programs and inadvertently let it clear his FAVORITES list. He says he probably had over 100 in there.
    Is there any way to retrieve this data at this point? He's running XP HOME----would system restore help him?
    Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


    Thanks
     
  2. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

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  3. ERASER

    ERASER Nyuk,Nyuk,Nyuk!

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    Thanks for the prompt reply!

    I will pass that advice and the link to him A.S.A.P.

    I'll be sure to let you know how successful he is.


    Thanks again.
     
  4. mdlestat

    mdlestat

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    If that "wiping" program overwrites data, in addition to just "erasing" it (removing the location data from the directories), you're never going to get it back.

    Recovery software will only work if the data is still on the disk---if it's actually been overwritten, which most wiping programs do, then unless you're the NSA you're never gonna see it again because it no longer exists--it has been replaced by random data.



    How much do you get paid, NetNinja? ;a
    (j/k)
     
  5. fastvfr

    fastvfr Ancient Tech

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    It seems odd, but I have seen XP's System Restore reset everything perfectly after such an event, even Favorites and saved emails.

    Other times I have witnessed it fail miserably.

    Have him try the Restore first, then the file recovery utility.