On Tue, 17 Jun 2003, Scott Liu wrote:
> Sorry, that's on a hard disk.
I believe the previous poster was asking if you had any backups, eg tape.
The cheapest way to protect your data is to have offsite backups. It
protects from a myriad of different problems (accedental deletions like
yours, hard drive crashes, the building burning down, etc).
Generally, if you lose data, but didn't keep any backups, there is little
sympathy out there. The message about backups have been hounded in to
people for _decades_ and problems like this still occur regularly. I
don't know if this is a home system or a busines system. Business users
fail to backup at their own peril. Home users can also setup an effective
backup for quite a low price. At home, I use an external firewire drive
(actually an IDE drive in an external firewire casing), and keep it
offsite. The few hundred dollars the hardware cost (now cheaper anyway)
is only a small fraction of the value I place on my personal data.
As other have noted, recovery from data still on disk may be possible.
There are companies who specialise in data recovery - but they cost.
In the end the cheapest way to protect data is to back it up and keep it
offsite. It may be too late for your data unless you have the capability
to examine the filesystem at a low level and attempt to recover the data,
or the money to pay someone else to do it.
Robert Brockway B.Sc. email: robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx ICQ: 104781119
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