Accidentally deleted files from your hard drive? Don’t panic! You can recover your files without even calling a computer expert or paying for a technical service. You can do it on your own without a sweat. There are so many recovery tools software available now and can retrieve those lost files 100% in no time. Before we go to the recovery per se, I have laid down some pointers to build up your confidence that recovery is very positive.
Probable causes of file deletion
If a file is deleted, it is removed from the directory of files in a particular location of your storage device(internal hard disk, external hard disk, usb flash disk, memory stick, etc). Obviously, it is not yet really flushed out from the device and its contents are still intact.
Whe you deleted a file using Windows Explorer, the file is moved from its original location to the Recycle Bin. When you want to recover this deleted file the first thing to do is to look in the Recycle Bin.
If you emptied the Recycle bin, or you used Shift Delete to delete a file, deleted it from within an application or used some other method of removing it that bypassed the Recycle bin, it is still recoverable. When you empty the Recycle Bin or delete a file using another method, the file no longer exists as far as the operating system is concerned and the space it occupied becomes available for re-use by other files. But the disk space does not get re-used right away. This means that the data contained in the deleted file will stay on your hard drive for some time.
Probability of recovery
Files have a higher probability of recovery after it was deleted, and for a considerable time and circumstances after. Operating systems have the capability of not using the space of the deleted file right away. This probability of recovering files however, decreases if you leave it longer, because eventually some or all of that space will be re-used by new files created and copied.
Another factor of recovery also depend the capacity of your computer”s hard drive. Luckily, Windows avoids re-using disk space that has recently been freed, to give deleted file recovery software a better chance of working. But if the hard drive is nearing capacity, the free space is will soon be going to be used by other files.
One OS feature that might cause retrieval very remote is defragmentation of the hard disk. During defragmentation, existing files are moved into the free space left by deleted files in order to reduce fragmentation.
Recovering deleted files
Saving the recovered data
You must save the files that have been recovered to a different drive other than to the one they were recovered from to avoid the deleted file from being overwritten. You can use an external drive or a network shared folder, even a USB memory stick.