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Windows XP OS

My Computer got infected by some virus and deleted most of the files in the Desktop.

Now, i am recovering the data from Hard Disk by connecting to an another Computer.

I am able to fetch the files from C:\

But, how to get the files from Desktop which got deleted. Is there anyway to retrieve from Recycle Bin? Where this Recycle bin is located in C:\ ?

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migrated from Mar 21 '11 at 16:09

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They probably wouldn't be in your recycle bin, since they were not deleted in the usual manner (from a normal user session). But if you want to check and be sure, the default location of the recycle bin on XP is c:\recycler. This folder will be hidden so you might have to enable hidden files/folders to see it. If you don't find the files in there, I have had luck with Active@ Undelete - third party disk recovery software. – charnley Mar 21 '11 at 16:02
@Chok : There is chance for converting your files to system files, these files will be hidden by default. Un check Hide protected operating system files from file and folder and search option and check whether your files is there on your desktop – Renju Chandran chingath Oct 17 '13 at 11:46

Recuva is free and may be able to find your files

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care to explain how one might do that with Recuva? – Ivo Flipse Mar 22 '11 at 21:39

If they are deleted you can try a recovery tool for NTFS if you think they are on the recycle bin you should look for them on DRIVE:\$Recycle.Bin (replace DRIVE with C: or D: or whatever your disk is mounted on).

I would advise you try to recover your data from a Linux based operating system like Ubuntu you'll get less chances of getting a virus copy and you can also see hidden Windows files more easily.

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Look in your user account temp folder, some malware moves all the Start menu items and desktop items in there, believe it or not. Look for numbered folders 1,2,3,4, etc

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