Having a Macintosh at home is a life saver. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve actually misplaced something on my computer. Thrown it away, put it in another folder, changed permissions, you name it, I’ve done it, and with a Macintosh it’s incredibly easy to get everything back to order especially with Apple’s Time Machine built right in. But my buddies have a PC and anyone can tell you if you mess something up on a PC get ready to spend hours trying to fix the problem. It’s a headache to say the least. I’ve been there and so have many others. I’m writing this because it’s down right frustrating when something goes missing on a PC and you can’t find it. Anything could of happened.
You could of installed a program and that program somehow deleted your file, or moved it. You could of been surfing the internet and somehow downloaded a virus, worm or any malicious program that could of took it upon itself to delete files. But, sadly, the overall reason why files go missing is quite simply human error. In our mad rush to clear the desktop or in a our attempt to be a speed clicker we inadvertently throw the file away and we do it without a backup. In a Mac I would just open up Time Machine and get it back. In a PC it’s not so easy. Unless you have a program already installed on your computer ready for such a thing and here’s why.
When you delete a file it’s actually still on your computer, it’s just invisible. It doesn’t really get deleted until it’s overwritten by something else you may do on your computer. Such as creating a new file, installing a new program, even browsing the internet and creating a history of your past visited sites. So right now, you know your file is missing. You need to get it back. You need to do as little work on your computer as possible so as to NOT overwrite anything you can’t see. Here’s how to do it.
2) If you have a laptop, it could be as simple as hooking your computer up to another computer using USB, Bluetooth, or Firewire. This is great option if you don’t have a computer file recovery program on your computer. When you hook up to another computer you’re actually just making your computer an external hard drive to the computer you are hooking up to. Then it’s as simple as taking the computer you’re hooked up to and either getting the file recovery software and installing it on that computer, or using that computers file recovery program if they have one. Both solutions will work and will not write anything to your computer because it’s actually just an external hard drive. Then just use the software, direct it to look on the external hard drive (the computer the file is missing from) and hopefully you will find it. There’s a good chance you will if you just accidentally deleted the file.
3) There’s a third option. Some companies sell programs that will allow you create a emergency startup disk with their file recovery program software on it. When you do this, and sometime in the future when you realize you just lost a file. Simply restart your computer with the start up disk in it and once it loads up, use the software on the disk to find your missing file.
With all that being said, and the main reason I’m writing this, is to tell people BACK UP your files. At least the important ones. ALWAYS back up. It will save you so much frustration in the future.