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Is it possible to find files that have been deleted and the trash is empty?

My desktop was cleaned out and I am not sure why, but it had some files I would like to recover.

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For such an important question, I think you provide very little information. "desktop was clean out?" Elaborate. – Jo-Erlend Schinstad Dec 7 '11 at 18:36
Hi Jo-Erland Schinstad ... I was playing around with banshee trying to get access to my music on laptop which runs Vista ... I finally got it too work then I rebooted and as the machine was going through the reboot I noticed that the files I had on my desktop, were all gone and that my desktop was empty. On reboot it turns out that all of the files I had on my desktop were indeed gone and my trash was empty since I had emptied it before I rebooted. That is when I cast around to see if I could recover one file in particular, my notes, but to no avail ... I did have a backup from 11/8/2011. – railguage48 Dec 8 '11 at 13:54
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I suggest you give extundelete a try. (Assuming that you use an ext partition)

extundelete is a utility that can recover deleted files from an ext3 or ext4 partition. The ext3 file system is the most common file system when using Linux, and ext4 is its successor. extundelete uses the information stored in the partition's journal to attempt to recover a file that has been deleted from the partition. There is no guarantee that any particular file will be able to be undeleted, so always try to have a good backup system in place, or at least put one in place after recovering your files!

As the site warns, the more writes to the filesystem, the less likely you'll get any files. You probably want to unmount your partition immediately and then run the program.

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Hi @user606723 .... thanks ... i will have to do some research since I am not sure how to unmount my partition. I have Ubuntu installed alongside of windows vista using Wubi. – railguage48 Dec 7 '11 at 18:17
Wubi you say, in Wubi the File system is not a physical part of the disk, it's a file, i wonder if it'd work despite that. – Uri Herrera Dec 7 '11 at 18:32
Hi Uri Herrera .. thanks for your reply .... I guess I will give it a try. – railguage48 Dec 7 '11 at 18:42

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