File recovery (or ‘unerase’ software) is the one software tool that you purchase, hoping that you’re never going to need it, but when the time comes, you want to know that it’s going to work!
Most of the time, when you delete a file accidentally, you can open the recycle bin and ‘restore’ it without any trouble, but this isn’t always the case.
* Sometime deletions by-pass the recycle bin, such as when the files you delete are on a memory stick.
* Sometimes files are too large to be held in the recycle bin and a permanent deletion is the only option.
* Sometimes the file you’ve lost was deleted some time ago and the recycle bin as already ’emptied’ itself.
When this sort of thing happens you have two choices:
1. Cry like a baby
2. Get hold of some good File Recovery Software
File Recovery Software is something like fire insurance. It’s something you hope you’re never going to have to use. Unlike insurance on your house though it’s something that ALL OF US do need, sooner or later!
This was not the first time I’d needed to recover permanently deleted
Now, as I mentioned, this wasn’t the first time I’d needed to
When a file is deleted, it isn’t normally wiped from the disk but rather renamed so that the operating system registers it as something that can be written over. If there’s no activity at all on the disk after the
In the case of my file, which was on a memory stick , I was particularly concerned as:
* It was a large file (about a gigabyte) that took up around half the storage area, which meant that further disk activity would almost certainly have written over some of it.
* If some of the file was written over, it might not just make the video shorter, but corrupt the file completely, making it unreadable.
* I wasn’t at all sure whether my file recovery software worked on the memory sticks used in digital cameras. I had only used it on my harddisk.
Then came the hard work:
* Unhappily, neither Windows Media Player nor Camtasia nor any of my other video production software could read the AVI file, due, I assume to file corruption. Happily though Apple Quicktime could!
* Unhappily though, the free version of Quicktime, won’t save an AVI file in any other format but, happily, it only cost $50 to upgrade to Quicktime Pro, which I did, and successfully saved the file in QuickTime (MOV) format!
* Unhappily though, Quicktime didn’t seem to be able to save the file to any other format and I wanted to edit the video in Camtasia, and my version of Camtasia would not work with MOV files, but, happily, the latest version of Camtasia did import MOV files, so … $150USD later I had the latest version of Camtasia installed and … I got the job done.
In short, using my unerase software didn’t in itself solve all of the problems, but it did get me off to an excellent start, and if I’d got to the disk earlier, I’m sure I would have been able to
So the moral of the story is to keep an unerase program in your virtual back pocket. It’s not the sort of thing you want to spend hours of disk-thrashing activity looking for if you’ve accidentally erased a critical file. Have one on hand!
Anyway, I’m not just going to give you the advice. I want to give you the software!
So grab the software while you can, and if you’re very, very lucky, you’ll never need to use it. Chances are though that your time will come, and when it does, you’ll be very glad you were prepared.