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I accidentally deleted a file, can I get it back?
Explanation: You have accidentally deleted one or more files and wish to undo the deletion and recover the file.
Diagnosis: On a modern system undeleting files is relatively simple, as long as you realize relatively quickly that you want to restore the file. Regular deletion of a file doesn't actually erase the contents of the file; it simply marks the file as deleted in the directory. The file's contents remain where they were, though they are made available for other files to use. As long as you remember to try to undelete the file soon, you should be able to recover it. In addition, many operating systems and utility programs store recently-deleted files intact in case they are needed. In Windows 95, for example, this is the "Recycle Bin".
Recommendation: 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: