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Windows 7: The possibility of finding a file access log detailing deleted files.

09 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
The possibility of finding a file access log detailing deleted files.

Hello,

I apparently deleted some files, though precisely when is an open question (likely within the last 3 months). I have already run a few file recovery programs to no avail. The files are mostly scientific articles, so they are replaceable. The catch is I need to know which files that were deleted.

I know that Windows is renowned for the amount of data it logs about system activity. I was hoping that there is an access log buried somewhere that I could search for the folder names and find a list of the specific files that were deleted. Also, any recommendations on the program(s) that would be helpful in doing this. I am running Windows 7 Professional x64 on a Dell Latitude D830.

Thank you so much for any help you can offer

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09 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Windows does not log that kind of thing unless file system auditing is enabled and the appropriate options set. This is NOT enabled by default. This auditing would consume a large amount of disk space in quite a short period of time unless it is very selective.

The real solution to this kind of problem is to maintain backups of all important files. There are a variety of ways that data can be lost and not all are preventable and not all recoverable. You need to be prepared when (not if) something happens.
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11 Dec 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 
Detect names of deleted files

Hi,

It might be worth running a analysis of your HD with Autopsy. It's a data intensive application so it's not fast but it is very thorough. If this can't list your deleted files then the file names are almost certainly unrecoverable.

Autopsy: Download

Note: When applying file filters it can take a while before the results are ready to display.

For viewing old folder names only try:

ShellBag AnalyZer, ShellBag cleaner
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11 Dec 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I keep restore points on my data partitions. Those don't take a lot of space and allow me to retrieve any prior files. The amount of restore points depends on the allocated space for the shadowstorage. I usually assign 10% of the partition.

To recover the files I use Shadow Explorer. ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
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