This isn’t an excuse to not do backups ( trust me) but PC INSPECTOR File Recovery is a data recovery program that supports the FAT 12/16/32 and NTFS file systems. This is a really useful little tool.
Now before we go any further, it wont recover that file you just deleted off the server (unless you can get to the server and install it there and the network people might have a word or two to say about that).
So what can it do?
Finds partitions automatically, even if the boot sector or FAT has been erased or damaged
Recovers files with the original time and date stamp
Supports the saving of recovered files on network drives
Recovers files, even when a header entry is no longer available.
The “Special Recovery Function” supports the following file formats: ARJ AVI BMP CDR DOC DXF DBF XLS EXE GIF HLP HTML HTM JPG LZH MID MOV MP3 PDF PNG RTF TAR TIF WAV ZIP.
Worth a look and you might like to consider loading it up and having a play with it BEFORE you need it.
Create a dummy word document, delete it and then see what you have to do to rcover it.