How To Undelete Files From Your PC

Before you go crazy trying to   recover  your  deleted   files , check all of your backup locations for those files. If you have installed a software program that helps you automatically backup your files, or if you routinely backup your files manually on another hard drive or online, you might have a copy of the deleted file there.

If you have not yet emptied the Recycle Bin (Windows) or the Trash (Mac) on your computer, then your files should still be in there. When your system is set up to run in the typical configuration, all of your deleted files will end up in the Recycle Bin or Trash first. Until you empty the Recycle Bin or Trash, all of your  deleted   files  can easily be  recovered  and moved into other folders on your computer.

If your Recycle Bin or Trash were emptied, you may still be able to  recover  the  deleted   files . This is because the files themselves are not erased from the hard drive. Instead, the address to them is deleted, which means the files still exist on the hard drive, but cannot be easily accessed by simply clicking on the necessary icons.

Depending upon when the files were deleted, they may still be perfectly intact on the hard drive. However, if it has been a really long time or if you have saved tons of new stuff since then, chunks of those files may be overwritten by new data. In any case, it is still worth it to try and  recover  the  deleted   files .

Most operating systems do not come with recovery tools. However, you can easily download applications from the Internet for  recovering   files  for nearly any operating system you can imagine. Some of these tools can be used for free, while others may charge a small fee for the download.

The best recovery software tools will use deep search methods when looking for your deleted files. This gives you the best chance of  recovering  those  files . Some tools also include  file  previews, so you can see what you are about to  recover  it before you initiate the entire recovery process.

Once you have located your deleted files with the data recovery software, you should not save the file to the exact same disk that it is currently located on. Doing this may corrupt or overwrite the data that you have worked so hard to get back. Instead, write the data to an external disk, like a USB hard drive or a thumb drive.

It is possible to  recover   deleted  data. Start by checking the Recycle Bin or the Trash. If the files you need are already gone, try a free or paid for recovery application from a trusted Web source.

Source by David C Borderson

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