Can data be retrieved from a 3.5" floppy?

  plsndrs3 11:49 20 Feb 2004

My daughter had 2 versions of her final thesis [one incomplete, the other full] on floppy, but the wrong one was deleted! I seem to recall that only the root directory reference to the file is removed so, in theory, the thesis is still somewhere on the disk.

Can it be retrieved at all - and if so how? She obviously has little/no money for expensive software ;o))



  Jester2K 12:03 20 Feb 2004

click here

Free and used time and time again here...

  anon1 12:04 20 Feb 2004

How was it deleted? It is a long shot whether or not it can be recovered, probably not without great expense. Is the file still on the pc by any chance? how was the file created in the first place? this link click here may help and with the pound against the dollar being strong its not too expensive (about £20)

  Taran 12:05 20 Feb 2004

Software that claims to do the job:

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A page with a load of links to try:

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I use Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional but at a little over £500 it's a bit steep.

I'll skip the lecture on multiple backups for everything even remotely important...

  anon1 12:05 20 Feb 2004

OH just checked you can download a free evaluation

  Peter 12:12 20 Feb 2004


There are several undelete items available on the download section of this site. Try putting "undelete", without the quotes, into the search engine of the download section.

As it's a file on a floppy take a diskcopy of the floppy and try to undelete from the copied disk. Don't use the disk until you have recovered the lost file as writing to it may overwrite your deleted file.

Good luck.


  plsndrs3 12:33 20 Feb 2004

Thanks to everyone - will pass this on - especially Taran for avoiding the lecture [already given by myself anyhow :o))]



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