Nov 10, 2015, 9:04 AM
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Retrieving Deleted .NSF File

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OS: Win 7 SP1
Application: Lotus Notes R6.51
I accidentally deleted the whole lotus\notes\data directory (which includes an archived mail database) from c:\ on a PC and cleaned up recycled bin too.
I want to get the archived database back.
The archived database has file extension of .nsf
I tried ntfs undelete program to no avail.
Seems to me that there is something special about this type of file 'cos I was able to retrieve .doc and .exe files using ntfs undelete without any drama.
Could anyone suggest any solution or tool to recover this .nsf file? Thanks!

Nov 11, 2015, 7:36 AM
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This really isn't an xpages question. You might be better off in the pure notes forum where there are more administrators or even StackOverFlow.

There is NOTHING special about a .nsf file.  It's the same as a .doc to the operating system.  

I would simply guess that it's a bigger file so it takes up more sectors on the disk and once sectors get reused in becomes unrecoverable.  A smaller .doc file that takes up less sectors has a greater chance of being recovered then a large file.



Nov 12, 2015, 7:37 AM
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Retrieving Deleted .NSF File

Nothing special about NSF.  However, it is more likely to be able to recover a small file than it is to recover a large file, and mail files and mail archives tend to be large.  That's probably why you couldn't recover it -- the files space was already re-allocated.

I would stop using the computer and only use programs that boot from USB flash drive or CD, since any additional writing to the disk may cause data to be totally lost.

Anyway look at Google these programs. There are many different. If you have no time to search, I can from experience recommend utility Lotus Notes Recovery Toolbox. I think it may come in handy in this situation.

Nov 12, 2015, 9:15 AM
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That won't do anything if the file is deleted.
Nov 15, 2015, 11:00 AM
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Retrieving Deleted .NSF File

Thank you guys for your feedback and help. Sorry, that long time did not respond. This is because the issue was solved and I forgot to tell.) Thank you!