Searching the Undelete Recovery Bin

A look at the Recovery Bin search functionality in the Undelete software

“When users delete a file, they don’t always remember all of the information you need to recover a file quickly, easily, and conveniently. So, I’ll take you through some of the options,” Spencer Allingham, Engineer


Spencer Allingham, Engineer


This video is the 4th in a series of 7 videos by a top Condusiv engineer that each demonstrate different technical features and benefits of the software. In this video, our engineer covers the search functionality in the Undelete software. See a quick, easy and convenient way to restore accidentally or overwritten files in Windows.


00:01 Spencer Allingham: Hello again. So in this next video, I want to show you the different ways in which you can find files that have been deleted and recover them using the Undelete software. Now, there’s several different ways of doing this. We’ve tried to make it as easy as possible to find files because not… When users delete files, they don’t always remember all of the information that you need in order to recover a file quickly, easily, and conveniently. So I’ll take you through some of the options. So we’ll start by opening up the Undelete recovery bin. Now, the quickest and easiest way if you know where a file was when it was deleted, is to use this tree on the left-hand side, so if I wanna find something that’s been deleted from my desktop, I can go straight there, find the files, right-click on them and recover them quite easily. But, let’s say we didn’t know where the file was before it was deleted, which it can certainly happen.

01:06 Spencer: We have this search recovery bin option up here in the tool bar, in the ribbon here. So let’s click on that and have a look at a few of the options. Now, first one is name. I remember it there, the filename had the word important in it, so I can use wildcards to say, filename had the word important in. So if I use the asterisk wildcard, it’ll search for anything, string important, anything, and then hit the search button and yeah, sure enough, there’s my important report that I deleted before showing up. If I know the location or even roughly the location, I can put that in here. So let’s say, I didn’t know it was actually on the desktop, but it was in my user directory somewhere, by including the sub-folders in the search, I should still be able to find it, so yes, I have. And a few others as well.

02:10 Spencer: Now, date, I can say include the date the files were created or deleted in this search. So let’s say search by files deleted in the last one day. Yep, there it’s finding them that’s good, or I can say search for files deleted between two specific dates, if you want to. So that’s quite versatile, that’s quite versatile right there, and it can be done in conjunction with what I’ve already filled in on the name and location it’ll… This is not an all-type search or an all-type query, it’s an end-type query, so it’ll take the data on here and cross-correlate it with the data on here and cross-correlate it with the owned/deleted by information as well, so I can say, include the name of the user on the file. Now, my username is S Alli. You can see that here, there’s some files deleted by me, so if we search for that, it’ll… Just find files that are owned by me, or I can say include the name of the user who deleted the file.

03:27 Spencer: So with these three search functions, you could be quite specific about locating the file or files that you wanted to recover, even if you don’t know all of the information about them, it’s certainly a lot more convenient than saying, show me a list of all of the files in the recovery bin, which could be running into the hundreds or thousands or, heaven forbid, even tens of thousands. That would be like looking for a needle in a haystack, but I’m sure you’ll agree that by using just a few simple search query data, you can find those files a lot more conveniently. So I hope that’s useful, see you in the next video.

Use Undelete’s powerful search functionality to quickly and easily find files.