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I was working on my Ubuntu lab machine and unconsciously deleted the project files I was working on.

I have been working on the project for the past 10 days. Is there a way to restore the files? I do not have sudo access. I was working in my home directory which is served by a common file system (serving all the lab machines).

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I'm afraid most recovery techniques require root access. You should ask the lab staff if they have any backup facilities. My university's Linux machines are connected to a file server that has special backup folders I can access at any time. They might have something similar. – Patches Apr 16 '11 at 8:19
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I'm going to have to agree with @Patches here - most ways (i.e. grep'ing the raw disk file, using filesystem journaling) require root access. Backups will probably the most likely way.

On the other hand, you have been warned - you should learn whatever VCS they have at your lab and use it for your projects. If they don't have one, you need to convince them to get one - all the really good ones are free.

[This advertisement bought to you by Why Git is better than Subversion :)]

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