How do you recover deleted files in Windows?
We all know the importance of backups. Every PC user is repeatedly advised million times to take the backup of their important data, always save after every change and make some changes in settings to protect data on computer. In spite of these precautions accidents do happen even to the most safety- conscious people. What if you have intentionally deleted a file thinking it was unnecessary and then realized it was not the file you meant to delete…? Fear not, you still have chance to undelete files in Windows computers. This page will show you the solution to put an end to your search about how to restore deleted files in Windows OS. Here is a precise software named undelete Windows to aid you in recovering deleted files from hard drive on a Windows computer. This tool has potential to identify and restore more than 300 file types from hard drives on Windows 8, 7, XP, Vista, Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems.
There are a number of instances, where you would have deleted files in Windows HDD by accident or for some purpose without taking a backup and regret later. Some of them are listed below:
- Deleting files by using Shift+Delete keys on Keyboard
- Important files might be deleted while deleting all useless files from a folder or specific drive
- Using Cut command for moving files instead of copying and pressing the Cancel button
- Emptying Recycle Bin after deleting files from hard drive
- Sometimes deleted files bypassing Recycle Bin
- Accidentally deleting files from a network share
- You may also delete files from Windows DOS command prompt
- Files can get deleted from third party applications or by viruses
Is it possible to undelete files in Windows?
Yes, when files are deleted from hard drive, Windows does not delete them from your hard disk. It marks the storage space as empty and reusable for new data to be written. Windows OS also deletes the index entry from the file allocation table that tells the location of those files. As long as new files are written in that space, the deleted files are still recoverable. That is what that makes it possible for undelete Windows software to get back files that are deleted from Windows hard drive. Other than Windows desktop, you can also recover data from formatted Lenovo ThinkPad laptop hard drive on Windows platform. It supports data recovery from Dell, Acer, Sony, Toshiba, HP and other laptop brands.
A deleted file is essentially an area on hard disk labeled as free and ready to accept data ( i.e. contents of other files). Fortunately, unless the area has already been overwritten, it still holds the contents of the deleted file. Because of this reason, you need to follow certain precautionary measures before using undelete Windows software. They are:
- Firstly stop using your Windows hard drive from which you have deleted files. Remember that reading/writing to the hard drive can affect the contents of the deleted files. You should avoid saving new files to the disk, installing programs there or running programs that use the disk, etc.
- Before deleting files or folders, check twice to make sure that you are not erasing important data files.
- Do not download and install the undelete Windows tool to the drive/partition from which you need to retrieve files.
Why to use undelete Windows software to get back deleted data?
The Undelete Windows software is an excellent tool, built with special algorithms that will scan your entire hard drive to search and restore deleted files using their unique file extensions. This is non-destructive and read-only Windows file recovery software that safely retrieves deleted, lost or missing files in Windows without damaging files during the recovery process. It can recover Word files, presentation files, excel sheets, Zip archives, PDF files, emails, photos, videos, songs, RAW files and lot more files from Windows hard drive. It can be used to execute NTFS partition recovery and can also be used to recover NTFS5, ExFAT, FAT32 ans FAT16 formatted partition from Windows hard drive.
It has ability to undelete data from hard drive after file system corruption, partition table corruption, boot sector corruption, deletion/loss, formatting, reformatting, corruption of partition on HDD and other complex issues related hard drive. In addition to hard drive, you can undelete files from external hard drives, USB drives, FireWire Drives, flash memory cards, iPods, etc. on Windows PC. It can also recover files from formatted hard drive on Windows operating system, as well as deleted or lost files from hard drive. You will be able to get back files from all brands of SATA/ATA/PAT, SCSI and IDE hard drives and external hard drives with the help of this undelete Windows utility. After the deleted file recovery, it displays a straight list of files or folders in its user interface windows, where you can search for any specific files by giving their file types in Find option. It is even possible to recover deleted recycle bin files with this software. To restore deleted recycle bin files got to: http://www.undeletewindows.com/is-it-possible-to-recover-deleted-recycle-bin-files.html.
Steps to retrieve deleted files on Windows hard drive are:
Step 1: Download and install the software on a healthy computer. Then connect your hard disk to this computer as a secondary drive. Open main window of the software and select "Recover Partitions / Drives" as shown in figure A.
Figure A: Main Window
Step 2: From the next Windows select "Partition Recovery" option to undelete files in Windows and then select the hard drive from the list of logical drives and clcik on "Next" button as shown in figure B.
Figure B: Select Hard Disk
Step 3: The software scans the selected hard drive for restoring deleted or lost files and shows the list of recovered files at the end of recovery process. From the list of recovered files, double click on any file to preview it as shown in figure C.
Figure C: Recovered Files