Sunday, February 1, 2009

Free Undelete Tool for Windows

I downloaded a wrestling special over Bittorrent yesterday. It was split up into multiple RAR files. I did not notice that it was actually split first into 3 x large AVI files (each 700mb+), before each AVI was further sliced into multiple, smaller RAR's. After I spliced back the first AVI file, I immediately deleted all the RAR files thinking that was it.

I transferred the AVI onto my 2GB Kingston USB and played it on our Philips DVP-5166. The 5166 can play videos natively from a USB unlike our older Philips DVDR3455H, which can only display still JPEG images from USB. One major drawback of the DVP-5166, as I found out, is it does not have a fast-forward play option! So you really have to go through all scenes. Pressing "next" takes you to the next chapter or the next video file. Bummer!

Incidentally, I found out that our new Samsung Series 5 LCD TV can play JPEG images directly from a USB also. In fact, the quality is way so much better as compared to playing the JPEG images via the DVP-5166, which further converts it into analog component video before feeding it to the TV. By connecting the USB direct to the Samsung TV, it displays it natively in digital format using its much higher resolution.

Anyway, going back to my original story -- after watching the AVI file, I realized that its only the 1st part of the whole video. So I quickly went back to the PC to try and recover the deleted files. Alas! Its no longer to be found anymore from the "Recycle Bin". I would need to download the entire 2GB+ files again from torrent. Arggghh!

Then I remember an undelete tool that my brother-in-law gave me last month when he came to visit. I was then trying to recover some videos from the store because of a theft incident. The software is FreeUndelete 2.1 by Its free software and it works great! I was able to recover all the deleted files and saved myself having to wait another day for the download to complete via our Bayantel DSL.

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