Bringing Out the Dead Files

By: Kaybrener
For any Windows newbie, emptying the recycle bin means the complete loss of the files stored there for deletion, sometimes followed by accidental loss of critical data. As we will see, this is not always the case.

The process of deleting files from your computer does not work exactly like throwing things into a trash compactor from where they cannot be ever mended back. Actually, the main thing you need to know is that Windows assigns a particular amount of memory and a physical space on your hard drives for your data. If the system has not yet written something else over that particular space, after you commanded the deletion, then there is a chance to take it back. The only question that remains is: how?

I Lost My File!

Let's start with the basics. First, we have the problem: a file is missing in action and you do not know whether you have deleted it or renamed it or whatever. If you decide right on the spot that you need to spend some money on an expensive recovery program, stop right there. Here is the first thing you need to do.

We explained earlier that Windows assigns memory from every bit and piece of data on your computer memory. Even if a file is deleted, the allocated memory space remains occupied by that data until it is required for other information. So, when you discover the disaster, stop any program that needs Windows to write data on hard drive.

Then, make use of the Search tool from Windows. If you remember the name of the file, or at least part of it, there is a chance that Windows will track your document down and return it to you safe and sound. Once found, do not let it there, make a backup and store it on an USB drive or a DVD for more safety.

Out of Luck? Try Free Recovery Software

You have waited for the search to finish, and you have come out empty handed. Now it is the moment to use the Internet. Google your problem and you will find out that there are tones of data recovery software ranging from freeware to the commercial ones. But before investing money, take a look at FreeUndelete, as it can save your day for free, with no threat of any malware that may infect your computer, as is the case with other so called free software.

There Is Life After Hard Drive Formatting

Have you ever accidentally reformatted your hard drive? What a nightmare, I know, but how does one recover their data from such a catastrophe? This scenario requires a little more muscle than a simple data recovery utility provides. QueTek offers a solution called File Scavenger for $49 USD, which is a lot cheaper than many of the other recovery solutions on the market; File Scavenger also offers most of the features of its more expensive competition.

Failing Hard Drive Recovery

Is scan disk showing you bad clusters? Do you get any strange errors when you try to save data on your hard drive? Is Windows behaving erratically? Those are the signs of a hard drive living its last moments. Don't waste time! Backup! Backup everything you think you may need from it! Make copies on another hard drive or write down important data on USB pen drives or even CD-R's or DVD's. This will save you, and your precious data, as well.
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