Recovery of Shift Deleted Files in Windows Server 2008

“Hi, I maintain Server computer in my office, which is running on Windows Server 2008 operating system. Today I’ve done a disaster, while deleting few listed out files from Server system I accidentally shift deleted other files. I don’t want my boss to know this misfortune of mine. Can anyone let me know how to recover shift deleted files in Windows Server 2008 computer? Please help.”

Server operating systems are quite different among all other Microsoft operating systems. Windows Server 2008 / Win2K8 is amongst globally used OS for Server computers. It enables efficient handling of internet hosting, databases, networking and other functionality on servers that are connected with multiple client systems in business organization. For this, it includes many advanced features like BitLocker, networking stack, reporting tools, improved recovery methods and so on. Though client system users cannot alter data in Windows Server 2008 there are times wherein files may get deleted from it, like:

  • Mistakenly choosing wrong files while erasing unwanted files from Win2K8 system
  • Erasing shared files from client/ local system will erase it from Server 2008 computer too
  • Unauthentic user access may sometimes end up in deletion of useful files due to user mishaps

In these scenarios, if files were deleted using Shift+del keys then it is manually not possible to bring back those erased files. Because, use of Shift+del keys will cause the files to bypass Recycle Bin folder. But, the files will be still intact on Win2K8 system hard drive beyond user access. So, if no new files are added on to this storage drive then shift deleted files can be recovered easily.

Windows Server 2008 shift deleted files retrieval:

Use of unreliable recovery applications on Windows Server 2008 system may cause terrible situations like data corruption or data overwriting during recovery process. So, it is highly recommended to employ safe and secure program such as Yodot File Recovery to extract shit deleted files. This tool is built with sophisticated scanning strategies to restore deleted files like MS Office documents, folders, basic media files, archives, etc. in few mouse clicks. Not only shift deleted files, it can even retrieve hidden as well as missing files from system hard drive and other storage devices like removable hard disks, USB drives, flash memory cards, SSD, FireWire drive, etc. This utility can extract deleted files from Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 OS along with Win2K8 OS based computers.

Steps for recovering shift deleted files in Win2K8 system:

  • Download the software in Windows Server 2008 system and install it
  • Run the utility after complete installation
  • Main window shows two options, click on “Deleted File Recovery” option
  • Then select the drive / partition from which shift deleted files have to recovered
  • Now, click next and glance at Status bar showing scanning process
  • After completion of drive scan, recovered files will get displayed in a list
  • Go through the list of restored files by toggling between ‘Data View’ and ‘File Type View’ options
  • At last, proceed to save retrieved files to new target location on Windows Server 2008 system drive or on other storage device

Essential Note:

  • Enable Audit option in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 system to avoid file deletion
  • Avoid all unauthorized access to Win2K8 system
  • Do not use Shift Delete keys while erasing files, make use of just delete option
  • Employ antivirus software and update it regularly to avoid viruses attack

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