FAQ: How can I recover data that I deleted accidentally? Is there an undo/redo option in ArcCatalog?

Question

How can I recover data that I deleted accidentally? Is there an undo/redo option in ArcCatalog?

Answer

There is no undo/redo capability to recover data after you delete it. Be extremely cautious and pay attention to warning messages before deleting data. We strongly recommend backing up data frequently.

Warning:
ArcCatalog is not a substitute for Windows Explorer for file management. It shows only supported GIS data and filters out other files. This may some times lead you to believe a particular folder is empty when in fact that folder may contain other non-GIS files. Deleting such folders within ArcCatalog may cause loss of important files. In general, use ArcCatalog to manage GIS data and use Windows Explorer for general file management.