How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Important Files (With snapshots)

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We often delete the files accidentally. A quick ‘Undo-delete’ will do. But if the file was deleted permanently or if recycle bin was emptied only to remember later that it had the important file, there are software for the rescue. There are a few things to be done to help the file recovery software to have greater success in recovering recently deleted important file which is shared in this article. A file recovery software –’ Recuva’ from Piriform is explored in detail. This applies to both Hard Disks in computers and external Potable Disk Drives.

Background

Whenever a file is deleted, the entire file contents will not be cleared by the Operating System (OS). The OS will only update the File structure table and mark the location of deleted file as empty in the file table. This reduces a huge wear and tear and also increases the response time while deleting gigantic files. But, when the new file is created, the old space occupied by the previously deleted file might be over written. Hence, it is very critical to stop any activity on the hard disk to make sure, we our self do not add more roadblocks for the file recovery software to help us recover the accidentally deleted file.

Actions that Help to Avoid File Recovery Failures

If the file was deleted from a portable hard disk, immediate thing to be done is to configure the Portable hard disk as Read-only. This ensures that the location of the old file will not be written with any new data. On a Computer, reduce activities related to moving, copying other files until the software is run to recover the file. It is best to shutdown the PC rather than leaving it running for long time if the file recovery software couldn’t be run immediately. In the next section the Recuva tool is explored in detail.

Recuva – Free File Recovery Software

There are many free File recovery software and Recuva is only used as an example in this article. Once the Recuva is downloaded and installed, following window will appear. Click Next.

Recuva-Welcome window
Recuva-Welcome window

In the next window select Pictures by clicking on the radio button next to Pictures and click on Next button at the bottom.

Recuva-File Type Selection Window
Recuva-File Type Selection Window

For demo, file with name ‘car’ will be permanently deleted and recovered back using Recuva.

Recuva- Example File to be Restored
Recuva- Example File to be Restored

Select the location of the file which was deleted accidentally (G:/Accident, in the example) and click Next.

Recuva- Specifying the location of the File to Recover
Recuva- Specifying the location of the File to Recover

The Recuva tool will search for the files in the location and reports back all recoverable files. The Recuva tool successfully detected the previously ‘permanently’ deleted car image.

Recuva- Successful Recovery
Recuva- Successful Recovery

The File can be selected and can be saved in the preferred location.

The other famous File recovery tools are ‘EaseUS Data recovery Tool Wizard’ and Pandora Recovery software.

To summarize, the careful steps user has to follow once an important file has been deleted accidentally was discussed. Recuva tool from Piriform was explored in detail. Other File recovery tools will have a little different interface but the procedure will be very similar.

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