How to Recover Deleted Files on a Computer

You can learn how to  recover   deleted   files  on computer if you accidentally delete a file on your computer. It is possible to restore the file if it is still in the recycle bin. If you can’t find the  file  in the recycle then never fear, you can still  recover  your  file . When you delete a file your operating system does not actually erase the file. It simply marks the space that file occupies as available so when needed another program can over write that section of the disc. There is some software that can even  recover  partially overwritten  files .

Undelete programs are excellent to  recover  lost or  deleted   files . Much of the success of using this program will depend on if the file has been overwritten or not. If you have just accidentally erased a  file  then you will be able to completely  recover  it. However if the  file  you want to  recover  was from a few weeks ago and you have been using your computer since then the chances of  recover  are less. To ensure that you do not overwrite the deleted file you should not go onto the Internet, send e-mail, copy or save any other files.

One of the easiest ways to restore an accidentally deleted file is to back up your drive frequently. If you use your computer a lot and have important material on your drive then you should back it up every day. You can also back up your drive to an offsite server or to a disc if your hard drive isn’t too big.

If you have lost a file or folder due to a hard drive error then this can be more problematic. There is software available that can communicate with your hard drive and  recover  any possible information of off it. Some software can even  recover   files  if you have reformatted the disc. If your hard drive is severely damaged then you may need to send it to a company that specializes in computer forensics and data recovery.

Source by Geoff White