A deleted file is essentially an area on disk designated as free and ready to accept data (such as contents of some other file). Luckily, unless the area has already been overwritten, it still holds the contents of the deleted file. Due to this fact it is possible to undelete files.
This fact also dictates the following procedure for using FreeUndelete:
- Stop any activity on the disk you are going to undelete files from! Remember that writing to that disk can damage the contents of the deleted files. Examples of disastrous activity include: copying files to the disk, installing programs there or running programs that use the disk as their swap media.
- Download and install FreeUndelete. Whenever possible, save the setup executable and install the program to a disk that does not hold files you need to undelete.
- Run and use FreeUndelete.
- File systems supported: NTFS 1.0, NTFS 2.0, FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32
- Operating systems supported: Windows XP, 2000, NT 4 (SP2 or higher required), Windows 2003 Server
- Easy to use, no special user skills required
- Full install/uninstall support
- Operating system: Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 2003 Server or 2008 Server
- Does not support Windows 98, Windows 98SE and Windows ME
- RAM: 256-1024 MB
- Hard Disk: minimum 10 MB of free space required for installation
- Display: 640 x 480 or higher resolution, 256 colors