Our computers and phones hold a large amount of data which is very important to us. Sometimes, an accident tap of the fingers may result in your deleting some necessary files. Worry not, all is not lost yet.
PCs come with a few hacks that let you get your deleted files back, even if you have emptied your Recycle Bin. So there’s no need to despair. A little research and reading can save you hours of reworking and regret. Read on for some ways and means to recover deleted files from your PC:
Restore From Recycle Bin
Double check your Recycle Bin just in case. Your deleted file may be waiting for you there. In this case, simply right-click on the needed file and select ‘Restore’. This is a fairly simple step, but one that needed covering.
If you have already emptied the Recycle Bin, try going to the folder where you had your important file. Right-click on the folder, and see if you can select ‘Restore Previous versions’. If you can do this, the old files may show up within this folder.
Don’t Save Anything More
Above were two of the most obvious methods. If you are a PC novice, though, they may be helpful to you. Moving on, take a look at your hard drive. More often than not, even your deleted files are still lurking around there.
Unless your PC is completely out of extra space, it wouldn’t delete any of the files it ever had. The size of the file deleted simply becomes ‘usable’ storage, meaning that it can be replaced. This is different from free space, which means the hard drive space that was empty in the first place.
It is only when you download or save new files that are more than the free space that your deleted files are gone forever. Hence, once you realize that you’ve deleted an essential file, don’t download or save anything more. Stop those torrents and shut down your browser. Both could be downloading data that may replace your precious file at any moment.
Recovery From Hard Drive
If you’re lucky, you wouldn’t have used the usable space from your deleted file. So it would be somewhere on your hard drive. Unfortunately, you can’t use conventional searches to seek and restore it.
The next step here is to get some software that would do the job for you. Luckily, many of them are free and are basically all you need to get your stuff back. A user-friendly software for this purpose is Recuva. There is a program called Restoration that boasts great reviews.
What these programs would do is to search through every nook and cranny of your hard drive. If there are any files still there, they’ll find them. Once you see your needed file or files, you can simply click and restore. Your videos, pictures, documents, and presentations could hence survive a near death.
Reverse The Deletion
There are also some computer software’s that allow the user to take back their deleted files. This is effective even if the hard drive has deleted it for its own storage purposes. For example, if you have a NAS drive, it may just have moved the file to its own Recycle Bin.
Recovery software like Disk Digger should be a part of every computer system. Deleting a file from the Recycle Bin as well would make downloading new software more dangerous. This is because t would take up space and may end up replacing the very file it was supposed to find.
Hence, the best way is to make sure your download the software as soon as possible. This means that you do this before any mishap happens to delete your files.
A Word Of Advice
While you would probably be able to retrieve any accidentally deleted files, it is wise to minimize the risk. Your PC may already be running short on storage. Hence, when you delete a file, there is a decent possibility that it might be lost forever.
The best way to resolve this issue is to have several backup plans for your most important files. You can make use of an external hard drive for this task, or even a USB. Your PC should also have a Google Drive option. Other digital safety nets would save automatic copies of your files. However, this may cost a bit and also be a bit insecure. Look around and read reviews of such services before you make a decision.
When you delete your important files, you may feel like your own worst enemy. However, it’s never a good idea to give up so easily. Computers were meant to serve us, and we should not be dictated by their delete buttons. In fact, with the right research and experience, the computer itself would help us recover our lost data.