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How can I find data deleted from the server file?

We use a UNIX server and with a LAN connection. All employees have complete access to the network. Recently someone deleted data from the server file, and we don't know who did it. Could you please tell us how to find out in which system that particular file was saved lastly?

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Unfortunately, when deleting files from a network server they are not usually recoverable unless you have a special service which will place them in the 'recycle bin' of your network server.

This is also a common problem with network drives, where the server operating system (Win 2000, NT, Linux in most cases) will not send files deleted by the users to a recycle bin. From what I've heard, there are a few programs that will provide this additional functionality, but I personally haven't tried any.

In any case, you should ensure there is a daily backup of all your data to avoid these problems.

This was first published in March 2005

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