Accidentally deleting files can happen to anyone, even the most cautious of us.
Whether it’s human or computer error, in general, the deleted data are still in the system and can be retrieved using free software.
In this article, we will explain how to restore your erased documents and use the data recovery software Disk Digger.
Check the recycle Bin.
If you have not yet done so by reflex, will verify that your document deleted is not in the recycle Bin.
In fact, when you delete a document by clicking on Delete, Windows does that move it to the Trash. The restoration of your file then is very simple.
Open the recycle Bin, then clickright on the file in question, finally ofyears, the drop-down menu, select Restore.
If the recycle Bin icon is missing from your Desktop, go to the menu Start Windows, type Settings into the search bar and press Enter.
There, select Customization, Themes and Settings of the Desktop icons. It only remains for you to do is tick the box for recycle Bin and click on Apply.
Also, before having to resort to a recovery program, remember to check your e-mails, these documents had perhaps been the subject of a share or a backup on a Cloud, external hard drive..
Good to know :.
– When recycle Bin has reached a storage limit Windows do not move your files but delete them permanently. To know its maximum capacity, right-click on its icon, and then select Properties.
– To clear their documents more quickly, some use the shortcut AltGr, Ctrl and Delete. The latter is to be used with caution as it results in a permanent deletion. It is the same when you delete files stored on an SD card or a USB key.
Why use a recovery program and which one ?.
Recovery programs can recover deleted files, corrupted (due to a malfunction of the hard disk), and fix errors in your system.
Among the most popular, we find PC Inspector File Recovery, Paragon, Partition Wizard and Recuva.
Some, such as RecoverMyFiles, have a free trial version and advanced features pay.
TestDisk made, it, office of exception because it is totally free and works on Windows, Linux and MacOS.
For extra safety, you can call a breakdown service specialized computer. Of course, this would be the most expensive option..
Before proceeding with a data recovery.
To have a chance to recover your data, it is very important not to make any backup, download, install, or search the internet after an unintended deletion.
You may save new data and replace the space of the lost file.
The recovery software must be installed on a USB key, an external hard drive or a laptop PC.
In case your Windows Pc will not start, even in safe mode, or if you hear abnormal noise (rattling) when you boot your PC, then do not try anything, or recovery or repair.
As soon as you suspect a major malfunction, turn off the faster your computer and contact a specialized service like Kroll OnTrack. Their technicians will replace the damaged parts and a copy of the entire data, retrieved, and on another removable disk.
Usually a restore is possible after the failure of the electronic circuit, motor, or the read‑write heads.
How to recover your data with Disk Digger.
Disk Digger is a free program that allows you to restore all types of files erased by mistake. Remember, you must download this software on a USB key, which will be connected to your computer.
Here’s how you do it :
Step 1 : Download Disk Digger on your removable drive. No installation is necessary, simply extract the application (.exe).
2nd step : Run Disk Digger. You can change the interface language if you wish.
The window that opens automatically shows all drives detected. Select the one that once contained your files, and then click Following.
3rd step : Choose the type of analysis you want to do. In this tutorial, we’ve opted to Dig deep. Click again on the Suite.
The disk is analyzed, at the end of this operation, each file found is listed.
4th step : To recognize, click on Thumbnail, then on the tab Preview or First few bytes of the file (binary).
5th step : When you have identified your documents, select them from the menu on the left, and then click Back up selected files.
This backup should be on another drive, on your USB key for example. To finish, click on OK.
Note that Disk Digger renames your files automatically, to you to change them for you.