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Recovering a deleted file

    I accidentally deleted a file, can I get it back?

    As soon as you realize that you want to undelete a file that you recently deleted, avoid doing anything more on the system that involves the hard disk. Every time you create or change a file, you increase the chance that the contents of the file you want to recover will be overwritten with something new, unless it is in a protected area like the Recycle Bin:
    · Under Windows 98, check the Recycle Bin to see if the file you are looking for is there. If it is, this means that Windows 98 still has the file stored and you can recover it by right-clicking on it and selecting "Restore".
    · Run a file recovery utility like the DOS Undelete command. This will search for recently-deleted files in the directory and offer to undelete them. Depending on how long it has been since the file was deleted, you may have good or only partial success undeleting.
    · Don't forget that if you have a current backup of your hard disk, you can use that to restore the file (at least, the file as it appeared at the time of your last backup).