Can you recover deleted documents when you didnt take s snapshot?

I deleted some documents in a bulk process last night by mistake. I need to get them back, I have restores of my VM data directory but they do not appear there (as per docs). Can I get them back?

Assuming you have done no other changes to the indices since you deleted those docs, you might be able to shut down Elasticsearch, copy the backed up directories back in, start Elasticsearch and hope it works.

Otherwise, without a snapshot you don't have any other choice, sorry to say.

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