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ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

How to Recover Lost Files and Folders with ShadowExplorer
Published by whs
19 Dec 2010
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ShadowExplorer is a tool to recover any file or folder from system restore points without the need to restore a whole partition. It obviously does not help if a whole partition, including the restore points, disappears. In that case, only imaging can help. It is, however, very handy if you erroneously deleted something and flushed the recycle bin or if you have a file that was somehow corrupted.

For seperate data partitions, I always recommend to enable system recovery too.


Note that this works only with disk partitions where you have restore points. Files from USB sticks or SD cards you cannot recover with Shadow Explorer. With those you can try Recuva..


This video tutorial is for Shadow Explorer 0.8.

Shadow Explorer is free and can be downloaded from here: ShadowExplorer.com - About


















20 Dec 2010   #1
kado897

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Thought it might be useful to have this link to System protection in Windows 7 rather than Vista as in the video.

System Protection - Turn On or Off


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20 Dec 2010   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Kado, that is useful.
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30 Dec 2010   #3
hr1

windows 7 Professional
 
 

Hi, my system was recently updated to Win 7 and the "IT" guy backed up my files on the network drive. when he reinstalled the files on my desktop not all of them were there. How can i recover those that werent saved. our computers only go back one month, the Ecel file I need is older than that. help!
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30 Dec 2010   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hr1 View Post
Hi, my system was recently updated to Win 7 and the "IT" guy backed up my files on the network drive. when he reinstalled the files on my desktop not all of them were there. How can i recover those that werent saved. our computers only go back one month, the Ecel file I need is older than that. help!
If Win7 was installed, all Vista or previous system restore points are gone. So those will not help you. If you forgot to backup some files, I am afraid they will be lost for good - unless you have an image of the old system (which is probably not the case).

Always image, image, image Imaging with free Macrium
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11 Apr 2015   #5
Ritjesman

Win7 Pro 32/64 SP1
 
 
Download of Shadow Explorer

FYI - when I tried to download this my virus scanner (comodo internet security) blocked the download ... maybe I clicked the wrong download button?
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11 Apr 2015   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

To veryfy, I just downloaded Shadow Explorer from here. Then I checked it with Virus Total that scans it with 50 of the best AV programs. The result was completely clean. See Here.
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12 Apr 2015   #7
Ritjesman

Win7 Pro 32/64 SP1
 
 

Thank you - that link worked; Shadow Explorer found the deleted files (a couple Ghost images). Do you know if there are size limits on what it can handle? One image is about 364 Gig and the product has been trying to export it -- to a different logical drive, same physical drive -- for a little over 4 1/2 hours with no apparent progress ...
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12 Apr 2015   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Nah, I am not aware of any size limits. Why don't you ask the author of the program. He is in Switzerland and has been very cooperative in the past.
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12 Apr 2015   #9
Ritjesman

Win7 Pro 32/64 SP1
 
 

Great idea, thanx much for the prompt response.
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