Restore Deleted Files In Windows Server 2008

Updated on September 24, 2021

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Microsoft's Windows Server is a brand name for a set of server operating systems. This server is meant to provide extensive administrative control over data storage, applications, and corporate networks while sharing services with multiple users. It was released in the year 2008 as a successor to Windows Server 2003 consisting of additional features such as Server Core, improved accessibility, and many more.

Data loss can happen due to various reasons, and losing important data can devastating. With the release of Windows server 2008 R2 the Microsoft has included Recycle Bin to restore files/folders that were accidentally deleted.

If you are a user that is using Windows server R2, then make use of the below steps to undelete files Windows server 2008R2 using Recycle Bin.

  • Click on the Recycle Bin > locate the files which you want to recover > Right-click on the selected files and click the Restore option.

Note: Now you can go back to the original location and you can find the restored files from Recycle Bin. If the files are not found in the Recycle Bin then the chances are that the files are permanently deleted.

How Do I Restore Deleted Files from Windows Server 2008?

Method 1: Retrieve Deleted Files From Windows Server Using Windows Server Backup Image

Method 2: Restore Deleted Files On Windows Server Windows Using Previous Version

Method 3: Restore Deleted Files From Windows Server 2008 Using Remo Recover

Method 1: Retrieve Deleted Files From Windows Server Using Windows Server Backup Image

Windows Server Backup is a free application in Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2020, and later versions that allows you to create a full server backup, system state backup, or backup selected volumes, files, and folders.

This tool however, is not installed by default and must be installed manually using Server Manager. To begin the installation process, Open Server Manager, then go to Features > Click on Add Features > and then select Windows Server Backup Features and click on Install.

Then, using Windows Server Backup to build a system image backup in Server 2008, follow the instructions below. Please note that you must either be a member of the Backup Operators or Administrators groups. Furthermore, this utility only backs up NTFS-formatted volumes.

  • Open the Windows Server Backup programme. Simply click on Start, type Window Server Backup into the search box, then select it from the list that appears.
  • On the right side, click on Backup Once, and then Click on Backup Schedule if you wish to create a scheduled backup.
  • On the backup option Wizard click on Different options and click on Next.
  • In the Select backup configuration tab, select Full Server.
  • Select Local drives and click on Next.

Note: You can use a local disk or an external disk as a destination as long as it can be identified.

  • Click on Next after selecting VSS copy backup (recommended).
  • To begin the backup process, confirm the backup items and click on Backup.

Now you can successfully recover deleted files from Windows server 2008. If still you are unable to retrieve Windows server files then move to the next section of the article.

Method 2: Restore Deleted Files On Windows Server Windows Using Previous Version

Backup is a process of creating a copy of data to protect against accidental deletion or malware. If the backup option is activated, the files with their prior versions will be stored on a regular basis. As a result, you can utilize this backup to retrieve files from an earlier version. Here's how you can do it.

  • Right-click on the folder from where your file was deleted and then select Properties to open the Properties dialog box
  • On the Previous Versions menu, double-click on the latest version of the folder which contains the file that you wish to restore. A list of files that are saved in that previous version will show up.
  • Right-click the files which were accidentally erased and select Copy. Then right-click on the location where you wish to restore that files and click on Paste to complete restoration of that deleted file.

The above-mentioned technique is only for restoring accidentally or unintentionally deleted files on Windows Server 2008 and may not work properly with all Windows Server 2008 users.

Method 3: Restore deleted files from Windows Server 2008 using Remo Recover

To restore permanently deleted files from Windows Server 2008, you will have to use a reliable data recovery utility like Remo File Recovery software. This data recovery application uses deep scan technology to scan and detect deleted contents from all Windows operating systems including Windows 10. Using this tool, you can recover accidentally or permanently deleted files, files emptied from Recycle Bin, files deleted due to technical errors such as disk defrag, formatting, partitioning, and so on.

Steps to Restore Deleted Files from Windows Server 2008

Step 1: Download and install Remo File Recovery software on you Windows computer and start recovery process using the steps below

Step 2: When the main screen appears, click Recover Files option

Step 3: And then choose the drive from where you’d like to recover Windows server 2008 files.

Restore Deleted Files From Windows Server 2008 - Main Screen

Step 4: Then click on the Scan option, once the scan is complete, a list of recovered files are displayed in File Type View and Data View

Windows Server 2008 Deleted File Restoration - View Recovered Files

Step 5: Finally, select the files you need and Save them to a desired location

Recovering Windows Server 2008 Deleted Files - Save Recovered Files

Tips To Avoid Data Loss On Windows Server

  • Create a Windows server data backup regularly, to avoid data loss.
  • Make use of Anti-virus software, to avoid corruption.
  • In case you forget to get a backup copy of data, make use of reliable file recovery software for the Windows server.
  • Avoid making use of the Shift + Delete key to delete a file. Instead, use the Delete option.
  • Enable the Audit option in Win2K8 to avoid file deletion.