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Document library disappeared...not in Recycle Bin

  Date: Feb 20    Category: Sharepoint 2010    Views: 9074

We had a document library on one of our sites mysteriously disappear last night.
I checked the subsite, site collection and central admin recycle bins and

Used Controlpoint to look at change log and the last entry for that document
library was at 6:53pm and it was a document being added.

Our backups for SP didn't run until 8pm so something happened between the last
library addition and our backup running.

Does anyone have any clue/suggestions on what might of happened and anywhere I
can check to restore our document library?



4 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Feb 20    

I would say that there are 3 pages for recycle bin that are important. You
should ensure that you are the SCA for the site in question when using the pages
listed below.

<site URL>_layouts/recyclebin.aspx - this is the user recycle bin. Most
administrators commit the error of thinking that if its not here then its not

<site URL>_layouts/AdminRecycleBin.aspx - This is the more important page of the
recycle bin. This is the site collection recycle bin. Make sure you use this.

<site URL>_layouts/AdminRecycleBin.aspx?View=2 - this is the last page, which is
important. This is the page where items go to when they were deleted from the
recycle bin.

Answer #2    Answered On: Feb 20    

Thank you for listing those for me. I've checked all of them and still can't
find my document library. I actually did end up finding the delete action in
Controlpoint but it has 'None' for who deleted it. Seems like SharePoint went
screwy on the 9th and didn't record any deletions in the recycle bin.

Is there any way to tell in the SharePoint logs what happened to this file?

Answer #3    Answered On: Feb 20    

Was the doc library created from the SharePoint interface or programmatically
from a custom app? A site delete call can be called from code. And then the
library is gone.

Answer #4    Answered On: Feb 20    

I have seen such weirdness before when people were using SharePoint Designer and
sometimes even Explorer View. Sometimes these tools bypass the recycle bin and
even the logging. I havn't tested deleting or moving a document library so not
sure if this would be the case. Being that it is not in the recycle bin, my
best guess would be that it was done programatically either via code or one of
the SharePoint interfaces like spd. Wish I could help more.

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