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Basically I have deleted all the data which had tons of documents and now I want to get those data back. I use Windows 7 ultimate (fake version) - used backup, restore data files through control panel but all in vain, also used Recuva.

I want to get all my data back , which I deleted around 6 months back. NO changes have been made to that system since then.

Step wise guidance would be appreciated. I cannot find any useful article on article.

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What do you mean by fake version? –  Alex McKenzie Feb 10 at 17:19
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Fake version makes me think "yar me hearties". –  Solignis Feb 10 at 17:47
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I find it hard to believe that you couldn't find a useful article. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc. –  slhck Feb 10 at 17:58

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Double click on recycle bin to open it. Select the items you want to restore and click on 'Restore selected items'. If you want to restore everything you can select 'Restore All Items'.

If the items are not in the Recycle Bin then they are gone forever, unfortunately.

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When you say that no changes have been made to your system since the files were deleted, do you mean that the computer has been powered off for 6 months? If that's the case, remove the hard drive, connect it to another PC using an external drive connector, and run some file recovery software against the drive.

However, your odds of recovery are slim to nil if you've been using it all along. Even if you haven't installed any programs or made any deliberate changes, other activities in the background have surely been writing to the disk (internet cache, disk defragging, paging, etc.). In that case, your files are hosed.

Using Windows Backup/Restore is useless if you never made an original backup. If Recuva didn't find anything, then it didn't find anything.

If the hard drive hasn't been formatted in between the time the files were deleted and now, you can try to right-click the folder which contained the files and check the "Previous Versions" tab. If you're lucky, they might be shadow-copied.

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