Recover accidentally deleted files

Deletion of files, is something that we perform quite frequently while using our PCs. Deletion of a file might be done in any manner, either using the Delete key or by using the Shift + Del keys or deleting it using the DOS command prompt. Though there are many ways to delete a file, the most common method that is used, is by the use of the Delete key. There are times, when we delete a file carelessly or accidentally. If the file is residing in the Recycle Bin, we can recover the file by selecting the file and clicking the Restore button, or by just dragging and dropping the required file from the Recycle Bin. The problem arises when we delete the file and go onto empty the Recycle Bin.


When a file is deleted, it is not moved into the Recycle Bin at all; instead it is the complete path and filename of the file that gets removed. This directory entry details of the file is now placed in a separate folder by name Recycled which is hidden. The number of Recycled folders is directly dependent on the number of drives that are connected to your PC. The details about the location of the file is now stored on a hidden index file which is present inside the Recycled folder.


It is this very reason that makes recovery of deleted files easy, even after the Recycle Bin has been emptied. The important factor is to realize the data loss as soon as possible, and act as quickly as you can. For this you will need to make use of a good undelete software that can recover all the files deleted from the Recycle Bin. Data Recovery Software lets you recover deleted files from Windows even after the Recycle Bin has been emptied. This software also helps you to retrieve accidentally deleted RAR files as well as you can recovery of deleted excel files with ease. This software can also be used to recover files from usb drive.


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You can follow the steps given below to recover files that have been deleted accidentally,


Step 1: Download and install the software on a drive different from the one on which data has been deleted. Start the application either by clicking the desktop shortcut, or by selecting the icon from the Programs list in the Start Menu. The Main window is displayed, as shown in Figure 1. From the Main window, select the "Recover Files" option


File Recovery Software - Main Window

Figure 1: Main Window


Step 2: The next window gives the user an option to choose between "Fast File Recovery" and "Advanced File Recovery". Select the "Fast File Recovery" option to proceed with recovering deleted files from the drive / partition on which the operating system has been installed, and proceed to step 3 as shown in Figure 2.


Select Logical drive - Screen

Figure 2: Select Fast File Recovery Option


Note:Use "Advanced File Recovery" option to manually select the drive / partition from which the files have been deleted and perform file recovery

Step 3: On selecting the "Fast File Recovery" option, the software starts the scanning process. The application scans the logical drive on which the operating system is installed (usually the C: drive) and lists all the files and folders that it finds as shown in Figure 3. You can use the Data View or File Type View option to view the recovered data


Found files and folders - Screen

Figure 3: View Recovered Files


Step 4: Once the files have been recovered, you can preview the recovered files and evaluate the recovery results by using the "Preview" option as shown in Figure 4.


Find option - Screen

Figure 4: Preview Recovered Files


Step 5: You can make use of the "Save Recovery Session" to save the scanned information as shown in Figure 5. This saved scanned information can be loaded using the "Open Recovery Session" option once you activate the full version of the software. This helps to avoid rescanning the entire drive once the software is activated


Select destination drive - Screen

Figure 5: Save Recovery Session


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