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Recovering Deleted Files ?

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by rubbish heap, Jan 3, 2004.

  1. rubbish heap

    rubbish heap Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 1,563 Likes Received: 2
    all right, so i got in trouble with the law a little while back and made the decision to delete all of my flicks because i was sure they'd come to my house and see my shit on the computer.

    but nothing happened.

    so i've heard for awhile that when you delete a file and empty the recycle bin in windows, you aren't actually getting rid of it. my question is, how do i recover lost files? is there any program i can use, and if so what do you recommend?
  2. ElectricitySucks

    ElectricitySucks Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 13, 2001 Messages: 6,395 Likes Received: 24
    it takes at least 6 times to TOTALLY whipe out something thats been deleted.

    but i cant answer your question. opps.
  3. jazz technic

    jazz technic Member

    Joined: Apr 27, 2002 Messages: 604 Likes Received: 0
    There are UnDelete software and Companies available, but they will cost money. :(
  4. Vanity

    Vanity Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 11, 2000 Messages: 7,673 Likes Received: 6
    jazz.. you work for birthwrite?
    my homie does some producto for them
  5. Nekro

    Nekro Elite Member

    Joined: Feb 19, 2003 Messages: 2,568 Likes Received: 1
    Next time upload all your flicks to a free hosting site and format your hard drive.

    Or just burn 'em to a CD and bury it somewhere.
  6. igor

    igor Member

    Joined: Oct 22, 2003 Messages: 296 Likes Received: 0
    btw. cops also use undelete software (at least here in germany), so deleting the files ain't enough, you need an app like "eraser" which will overwrite the files with random bits and bites several times to make sure that nobody can retrieve them.
  7. non-hetero

    non-hetero Member

    Joined: Jun 20, 2002 Messages: 685 Likes Received: 14
    Okay let me explain this to you.

    A harddrive is like a book. The filenames/directory structure are like the index and the chapters/write are the actual binary data of the files. 0 and 1's.

    When you delete a file all it does it removes that reference in the index. The file is still fully intact. Even when you fully delete from recycle bin.

    The only way for a file to be truely delete or corrupted is for NEW data to overwrite these chapters... Which happens, as the index reference was erased so the operating system sees it as empty. So the question to ask... how much have you used this hard drive since the deletion? Lots of new software, new flicks?

    The government standard is actually a full wipe of the 'index' and overwriting it with empty contents... 17 times. So if poor terrorist FULLY wipes his data 16 times there is a chance they can get some of it back. From what I've been told by a prof who has worked with the Canadian military in computer forensic investigations is that they even go so far as to look at badly damaged harddrives under a fucking microscope to read contents of clusters and whatnot. Interesting stuff.

    But yeah. There are lots of commercial products out for for undeletion and google is probably cluttered with them. So try a search on download.com for undeletion or undelete. Only free/shareware stuff there. WinHex.com I know does undeletion, and undeletion of a wildcard. ie *.jpg.

    non-hetero the computer forensics student.
  8. Jackson

    Jackson Veteran Member

    Joined: May 21, 2002 Messages: 7,345 Likes Received: 122
    Norton does an Unerase thing.
  9. S@T@N

    [email protected]@N Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 15, 2002 Messages: 1,998 Likes Received: 0
    Camera Pics ----> USB Harddrive

    Problem solved, get a 40 gb for pretty cheap and never worry about
    this bullshit again
  10. S@T@N

    [email protected]@N Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 15, 2002 Messages: 1,998 Likes Received: 0
    Smalliebigs, please die. Your parents never loved you. Everything you
    say is wrong and irrelevant, and your life has no meaning.

  11. SmallieBigs2

    SmallieBigs2 Banned

    Joined: Dec 24, 2003 Messages: 133 Likes Received: 0
  12. japillahan

    japillahan Senior Member

    Joined: May 5, 2003 Messages: 1,308 Likes Received: 69
  13. S@T@N

    [email protected]@N Senior Member

    Joined: Sep 15, 2002 Messages: 1,998 Likes Received: 0

    for about 170 bucks, you'll have storage that you can instantly remove
    and hide somewhere. not bad for something you'll never fill.
  14. Machine Gun

    Machine Gun Junior Member

    Joined: Jan 3, 2004 Messages: 137 Likes Received: 0
  15. rubbish heap

    rubbish heap Senior Member

    Joined: Mar 18, 2003 Messages: 1,563 Likes Received: 2