How do I recover deleted files on a server?

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A user deleted a file on our server from his workstation. I tried to recover this file but I can't find it and I don't have shadow copy on my server. How can I recover this file?
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You will need to restore the file from a tape backup or other kind of backup.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    I’ve done this very thing before so I know exactly what you’re experiencing. The only way to recover a deleted file off of a server that I’m aware of is to restore from backup or to use a data recovery tool such as Davory on the server itself. Note that if you have any sort of file-level compression or encryption on that server volume, the recovery process will not work.
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  • Michael Tidmarsh
    Rasikhimal has a similar problem: He wants to find out if it's possible to recover files after they were accidentally deleted
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  • ymendoza
    This seriously saved my day!!
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  • ymendoza
    I accidentally deleted an entire folder off the drive, I was able to simply add a new folder with the same exact file name and retrieve the previous version. Felt like I had won the first prize once I recovered my deleted documents.
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  • SKDUBEY123
    I have deleted my files from my server. How can I recover them?
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  • billybixby1234
    I know this is a very old thread - however I have just found out you can right click on the file or the folder and select "restore previous versions". You will get a message saying working on it - and before long, If your server has a good backup structure, then you should be presented with a list of older versions of your files/folder.
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  • ClausBraun
    Thanks for the info!
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  • 9940272702
    How can I find my deleted files in server?
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  • ToddN2000
    If the deleted files are caught very early you may be able to recover but if time has passed then the only truly effective way is from a backup.
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  • TheRealRaven
    Because of likely activity on a server, the only good, reliable method is by restoring from a backup. Recovery methods for a single-user/personal system are less likely to be successful. A server should be keeping at least one previous version at all times because differences in how servers are used by multiple users.
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  • Joan1234
    I know the feeling of losing important files. That is why I searched on google the moment i lost something on my workstation, to look for help. I found Acethinker Disk Recovery to be really helpful when that happened. I don't know if this will help anyone, but hopefully someone will find this useful.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    Go to the folder from where the file was deleted. Now right click to open Properties. It opens Properties dialog box. Next click on the Previous Versions tab. This way it may possible to recover a previous version of one/ more files. However this depends on Server OS.
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  • ZbigiP
    There is no DELETE folder on my computer.  Unfortunately I deleted important email.  Any idea to recover this email from DELETE folder which doesn't exist?  
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  • TheRealRaven
    @ZbigiP : Since this is unrelated to the OP, please open a new question. Include all relevant details about the platform.
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  • Subhendu Sen
    @ZbigiP, what email client is there? This is you office/ for personal use? The procedure may vary email software to software. Have you updated recently? More information is needed.
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  • ToddN2000
    @ZbigIP: What email are you using, Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or another? It may be possible but I am doubtful. Usually if you delete it, it's gone. More so the longer the time has lapsed since the delete was done.  
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