When you accidentally delete files you 'stop' using the computer immediately
and straightaway initiate any file deletion software you have installed.
When a file is deleted it isn't actually 'removed' from the hard drive; to
put it simply a note is attached to the file to say it has been deleted and
the area can be reused by another file. The longer you leave it before you
try to recover that file the more likely it is that the file 'area' will be
overwritten, thus making full recovery impossible - well without incurring
considerable cost, anyway.
From your post you are saying that some of the files were deleted up to a
month ago. The chances of you recovering these is very slim indeed.
The file recovery application I favour is Recuva (www.recuva.com
John Barnett MVP
Windows XP Associate Expert
Windows Desktop Experience
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<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> i deleted some files i'd like to have back.
> i know pretty much what day i did it and i've used several free or
> trial versions of file restoration software, but none some to give me
> the option to narrow the searches down to when i deleted the files. so
> they take a long time and i'm not sure if they are even finding what i
> these are files that i removed even from the recycle bin, but within
> less than a month ago. some of the files the software has been finding
> were from months ago or even longer... any software to narrow it down
> to specific dates, or a range?