Executive Software's Undelete compliments your backups with another layer of file protection.
As a network administrator,
I've had many people ask me to retrieve an important
file they've accidentally deleted. The first thing
I usually ask them is if that person checked the
Recycle bin on his or her computer. If the file
isn't there, I can easily ascertain that the file
was deleted over the network and, therefore, won't
show up in the Recycle bin. In fact, the file
won't show up anywhere—all of the changes made
to that document since the last good backup will
have been lost forever. That is, unless Executive
Software's Undelete for Windows NT has been installed.
Undelete comes in Workstation
and Server flavors, both of which provide the
same basic functionality: replacing the Recycle
bin as a protection from accidental deletion.
As a replacement to the Recycle bin, every file
that's deleted is placed in the Undelete recycle
bin. Undelete can be configured with filters,
so that some file types, such as temporary files,
are never stored in it. You can also have it empty
itself when it reaches a specified capacity, either
completely or partially, so that you have room
to play with.
version comes with a feature for connecting an
Undelete recycle bin over the network. You guessed
it: You can use it to remotely search another
machine's Undelete recycle bin. But here's the
crème de la crème: The server version is capable
of protecting files deleted over a network. If
your client accidentally deletes a file from a
network server protected by Undelete, you can
pull it right back out. This alone makes it a
valuable product, but there’s more.
can Undelete protect your files by preventing
them from being erased, it can even recover them
after they have been erased. The Recover From
Disk option can be used on files that are excluded
from the Recycle bin protection or even files
that have been emptied out of the Recycle bin
that many admins don’t buy a product like this
until it’s too late. But fear not; this comes
with a tool to help you out: Emergency Undelete.
If you've deleted a file before installing Undelete,
then the process of installing Undelete might
accidentally overwrite the file you need to get
back. Emergency Undelete has the same Recover
From Disk option as the Undelete recycle bin,
except that it doesn't install to disk, so there
is no danger of overwriting the file you need.
(These guys thought of everything!)
one caveat, though. Undelete doesn't recover files
on the FAT12 file system, so you can't use Recover
From Disk on a FAT drive that's less than 16MB.
This means you also can't use that option on floppy
Undelete includes an Emergency Undelete option,
for recovering files from remote machines
and network drives even before you've ever
thought of installing Undelete.
one small problem to be aware of, dealing with
NTFS. There are four types of files in NTFS: small,
large, huge and extremely huge. Small and large
size files have only one record in the Master
File Table to state their location on disk and
other poertinent information. Huge and extremely
huge files have more than one record in the MFT
and, therefore, can not be recovered with the
Recover From Disk feature. Don’t let this frighten
you, though, since all files are eligible for
recovery from the Recycle bin.
Execsoft promises us —- and delivers -— a replacement
for the Recylce bin that can work over the network
and protect files on server. If you worry about
users constantly being careless with files deletions
anywhere on the network, get Undelete and set
you mind at ease.
About the Author
Joseph L. Jorden, MCSE, MCT, CCNA, CCDA is Chief Technical Officer for Dugger & Associates (www.Dugger-IT.com). He was one of the first 100
people to achieve the MCSE+I and one of the first 2,000 to become an MCSE under Windows 2000. Joseph frequently contributes to books from Sybex and various periodicals.