When A File Is Deleted, How Can It Be Recovered?

Martin Wilson

Aug 01, 2022

Many PC and laptop users have experienced the gut-wrenching sensation of accidentally deleting an important file. For whatever reason, files may not be accessible when they are needed. This may be due to a lack of awareness of their existence or a belief that they were already stored elsewhere. After getting fed up with the two-step procedure of clearing up space on your hard drive, you may have deactivated your Recycle Bin on Windows.

However, all may not be lost with the aid of certain third-party applications. Please understand that there is no assurance that you will be able to recover your deleted data, especially if they were deleted a long time ago, before you get your hopes up.

Recycle Bin Data Recovery

Check the Recycle Bin first if you've accidentally removed something you didn't want to remove from the Windows system. The Delete key does nothing when you select a file and hit the delete key. Instead, an icon for the Recycle Bin appears on the desktop. Double-clicking on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop brings up the contents, and then right-clicking on the file and selecting Restore from the menu is all that is required to restore the file.

Data Recovery: Free vs. Paid

Here are a few free alternatives. Piriform's Recuva is a popular choice for many individuals. A free utility may be all you need in some cases. In many cases, the premium versions can discover and recover files that the free ones cannot. For example, if you delete files from a hard disc, you may still be able to retrieve them using free software.

Tips On How To Restore Lost Files

Recovering data from an unintentional deletion depends on how quickly you realize it has gone missing. To avoid overwriting your data, don't save anything to the disc or install a file recovery application if the file was on your PC or laptop's hard drive when you detect your loss.

Portable version

To use some recovery software, you must first download it to a USB flash drive from a computer with a different operating system. Using a different computer to download an undelete program may prevent data from being written to your hard drive while surfing the internet.

Free Up Some Space

A file must be consecutive. If your hard drive is nearly full, Windows may have to split the file over free areas throughout the disc, making it impossible to retrieve an accidentally lost file. Different types of drives use several file systems; any undelete application will only be able to deal with a certain file system. Many file systems are supported by USB flash drives and memory cards, so be sure to pick software that can read and write to all your storage devices.

Can SSD or HDD Files Be Recovered?

Our discussion of deleted and corrupted data has disproved the misconception that they'll be gone forever if the hard drive fails. In most cases, Windows will not start, even in Safe Mode, and turning on your computer may produce a series of ominous clicking noises. It's not just a handful of your most prized files that you may lose, but the entire disk's contents.

How Can I Get My Files Back?

Although we've used Disk Digger, this procedure works with any recovery tool.

Step 1

Disk Digger may be downloaded from the Disk Digger website. Extraction and execution are all that is required; there's no need to install them. Do not download DiskDigger to the disc holding your missing files to avoid overwriting your files. The best thing to do is to download the app before you need it.

Step 2

DiskDigger is now ready to be used. After selecting the disc holding your erased files, click 'Next' three times on the main screen. Any deleted files on the drive will now be listed, which might take some time. If your lost files have been found, go to the next step. Try changing any of the settings on the previous screens if it doesn't work.

Step 3

Thus a preview option is offered to aid detect missing files. In the list of files on the left, select either the "Preview" or "First few bytes" options. Additionally, the "Thumbnail" option in the 'View' menu will display thumbnail-sized photos in the list.

Step 4

Once you've located your missing data, click the 'Recover chosen files...' button to begin recovery. Next, pick the device and folder where you wish to restore your data and click OK. You'll need to rename the missing file(s) to their original names or anything relevant if you want them to be preserved.


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