GC wrote: At a university law school there was a secretary that had managed to accumulate a file structure of 14,000 files in 9000 subdirectories.
That woman can file! It boggles the mind how much space the paper version of that would have taken up.
But somehow she managed to delete that entire structure. All of it.
Thankfully she was running on an Novell file system so I checked the salvage space, and knew she had not just moved it into a subdirectory.
Using a Salvage98 program that allowed recursive salvages, I was able to get back all the files in 10 minutes, since they were all available. No need to go tape, which at that point in time was not really working, and would not have worked in all likelihood.
File systems to the rescue!
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