is there a way to retrieve a file before it was overwritten?

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  1. speedlife

    speedlife Guest

    i had these db files that were over written this morning and the backup is not as current as i thought it was.
    any way to get it back?
     
  2. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Highly unlikely. DBs usually use the same HD space over and over.
     
  3. Dommi

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    umm... the average file is just a collection of bits and bytes on the drive platter. with information written in the file systems table as a record of what it is. if you delete it, you are just getting rid of the record in the fs. All you have to do to retrieve it is hope that enough of the file is left on the platter and not overwritten that it can be recovered.
    if this is a relational database however (which I have never tried to recover) you might have more problems. since the information is very tightly woven into the database. more points of failure than the above statement demonstrates. I suppose.
     
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    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Dommi is correct if you are saying the file was deleted, regardless of the the data type. My impression was that it was data in the db that was overwritten, in which case there's not really a hope in hell of retrieving data deleted from within the file.
     

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