Did you accidentally just delete a file (or folder) that was extremely important? Honestly most people have been in that situation at some point or other, though what many don’t realize is that just because a file is ‘deleted’ it doesn’t mean that it is unrecoverable.
Through the use of specialized software it is actually possible to recover files that were deleted. However if you intend to go down that route, here are 4 tips that can improve your odds of success:
- Stop using the storage drive immediately
As soon as you realize that you accidentally deleted data from your drive you should stop using that drive immediately. Continuing to use a hard disk will run the risk of overwriting the data that you want to recover. If you’re using a solid state drive (SSD) that is all the more so, as solid state drives use a trim function that will zero out data when left running.
- Check the recycle bin
Honestly this may seem like a silly suggestion (that you’ve probably tried already) but it is worth mentioning nonetheless. Assuming the file wasn’t too big and your recycling bin wasn’t too full it may very well be sitting there, in which case you could restore it immediately with a single click.
- Use the search
Sometimes you may not actually remember deleting the file that’s missing, and may have just noticed that it is no longer where you expect it to be and assumed you accidentally deleted it. If that is the case then you should use the search tool to try to locate the file on your hard drive, as you may have simply accidentally moved it elsewhere. Needless to say if that actually turns out to be the case you could save yourself a lot of hassle.
- Try using recovery software
Nowadays there are many different types of recovery software out there that you can use to try to restore files that you accidentally deleted. Most are fairly straightforward, though you may not want to download and run them on the hard drive that contains the file (as that will risk overwriting the file that you want to recover). Instead, download and run the software on a different hard drive, or a different computer if need be.
If you try all these tips and still don’t get anywhere then you could turn to professional data recovery services as a last option. Although you will have to pay a certain fee, the file recovery expertise that they have is far more likely to be able to recover your files than anything that you would be able to do.
Of course it is worth noting that instead of going through all this hassle it would always be best to backup important files. By doing so in the future, you can avoid having to attempt to recover files that were accidentally deleted or even lost due to other unavoidable issues that may crop up.