Have you ever been troubled by losing important data on PC hard drive, memory card or USB devices because you deleted them by mistake? Do you know it is possible to recover deleted files? First, let’s learn a few things pertaining to deleted files and recovery efforts.

When data loss happens, first remember to stop using your computer or other external memory storage devices immediately. It will protect the deleted files for data recovery.

When you right-click a file and press the Delete button, the system just hides the data by removing its file directory and marking the space as free for use. At this moment, you can easily get back the file back by rebuilding the file directory. But if you continue to use the computer or external drive, it might write some new data and this completely erases the contents of the old deleted files. In this case, the chance of a successful data recovery is decreased. The situation can become much more terrible when you have a hard drive, memory card or USB drive with limited free space.

3 possible ways to recover accidentally deleted files 

Recover deleted files from Windows recycle bin

If you just deleted your files on the computer by moving them to the Recycle Bin and didn’t press the Empty Recycle Bin button, you can retrieve them back with ease. Just open the Recycle Bin, locate and right-click the files you want and choose Restore. It will recover your deleted files to their original location.

Recover an older version of the deleted or lost file

If you have emptied the Recycle Bin, you can try to recover an older version of the deleted or lost file using Windows built-in free backup and restore feature. For Windows 7: Click the Start button, go to Computer, navigate to the folder that used to contain the file or folder, right-click it, and then click Restore previous versions. Here, you’ll see a list of available previous versions of the deleted files or folders with different times and dates. Choose the version you like and click Restore to recover deleted files back. For Windows 8 and 10: Open the folder that used to contain the deleted file and click the History button. File History will display all the files contained in the most recent backup of that folder. Click the Previous button to locate and select the file you want to retrieve and then click the green Restore button to get it back.

Using data recovery software

If you want to recover the exact copy of your deleted files, you may need to try third-party data recovery software. One example is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional. It is a good and easy recovery tool that is highly recommended. It is designed to deal with all complicated data loss situations like deleted recovery, format recovery, data recovery after virus attack, system crash, raw error, and more. It can recover deleted files from PC, external hard drive, memory card, USB drive.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 6:25:09 AM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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