Undelete 2.0 recovers dumped data

Glendale, Calif.-based Executive Software’s Undelete 2.0 for Windows NT/2000 has taken steps to assure that it can capture and recover any program, on any drive, across the network, eliminating the trouble of searching through tapes to recover data.

“A simple click could ruin your day,” said Howard Butler, senior technical engineer, Executive Software. “The problem is that, at times, people accidentally will either delete the wrong file or will accidentally save over an existing file on the system, and that caused a great amount of unnecessary work and loss of production. Rather than relying on tape backups that may or may not be being done on a religious basis, it’s far easier to recover the file immediately on the fly.”

Awarded the Windows 2000 Certificate logo, Undelete 2.0 offers up-to-the-minute data protection for Windows NT 4.0/2000, and its “Recovery Bin” has the ability to capture all deleted files, including those that typically bypass the Windows NT and 2000 “Recycle Bin”.

“It’s similar to what occurs with the normal ‘Recycle Bin’ that’s part of the Windows NT environment, but we take it a few steps further,” said Butler. “We actually replace that ‘Recycle Bin’ with what we call a ‘Recovery Bin’ and now files deleted in any fashion, not just files deleted through Explorer which are the things the standard ‘Recycle Bin’ captures, our ‘Recovery Bin’ will capture any file that gets deleted, subject to files that are not on our exclusion list.”

Undelete Server installs on either Windows NT/2000 Server or Windows NT/2000 Workstation or Professional. In addition to recovering files on one machine, it allows system administrators to connect and run every other Undelete installed across the network, making the system administrator’s job a lot easier and faster.

“Some of the other advanced features within the Undelete product — the server version — you can connect to, manage, and recover files across the network. You can remotely recover files without having to get up and go physically to that machine.”

The Emergency Undelete option runs from the CD, scanning NTFS or FAT partitions for files that have been deleted but are still recoverable. Undelete locates and undeletes files that aren’t in the “Recycle Bin” by recovering them directly from any hard drive on the network. Undelete protects against loss of files not yet backed up, and those files not easily accessible such as on tape backups.

“Emergency Undelete really is for the guy who is in very bad shape at this point,” said Butler. “Emergency Undelete allows for that environment to run our utility from our CD or from the floppy or from another drive and scan the disk looking for files that have not yet been overwritten. Emergency Undelete is by no means any type of real solution…we can get most of your data back in a limited basis.”

Aksh Shinh, systems administrator, with New Jersey-based Telcordia Technologies Inc. said, “I would strongly recommend Undelete to everyone. It’s really great; it saves us a lot of time. I don’t really have to draw on backups at all. If there’s anything that disappears, because it keeps track of any files that are deleted over the network or on the server, even if any user deletes it accidentally it’s right there, it’s backed up in the Recovery Bin, you can just go and recover it.”

In his experience with Undelete, Shinh had only two concerns: the permissions must be set to assure proper recovery; and deleting over 50,000 files starts to choke the software.

The Workstation version runs on any x86 or equivalent system (including Pentium) running Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 3 or higher) or Windows 2000 Professional. Undelete Server 2.0 runs on any x86 or equivalent system (including Pentium) running Windows NT Server or Workstation version 4.0 (Service Pack 3 or higher), or Windows 2000 Professional or Windows 2000 Server.

Undelete comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and a 90-days free tech support. For more information about Executive Software, visit www.execsoft.com