How to Get Back Deleted Files on Computer?

You may use your computer for so many purposes like playing games, working, browsing, etc. It is foreseeable that at some point, you may accidentally delete an important file. For example let us assume this incident; In the process of cleaning your computer from old files that you dont need any more, you have accidentally deleted a file that turned out to be important one. At that instant, you may not understand what action can be taken to restore your lost files. However, Windows automatically catches files that you delete in a folder named “Recycling Bin". You can visit Recycle Bin and click on ‘Restore’ option in case you want to bring them back later. It allows you to restore deleted files and return them to their original location and pre-deleted state. But you cannot restore your files from Recycle Bin in case you have applied following method such as:

  • Deleting files using “Shift + Delete”
  • Disabling “save” option in Recycle Bin properties
  • Erasing huge amount of files at once

But, this is not end!!! You have one more option. Search for a backup of file on your computer hard drive. If the file you are trying to restore was created in an application that has auto-backup features such as MS Word, Excel or PowerPoint. The backup files usually have “bk” extension even though the rest of the extension differs depending on the software on which the file was created. In order to do this, go to the “Start” menu and simply type “bk” into the search box to bring up all backup files stored on the computer. But this method too does not work if you disable “Auto – backup” option in program in which you have created a file.

However, if this procedure also fails to help you then you have last option that is utilizing file recovery software. This is the best and reliable choice for you. But do not add any file or make any changes to your computer unless and until you have recovered deleted files. Although your data is still saved on hard drive after you erase it, Windows OS doesn't recognize it and sees it as free space. That means if you add new files, you run the risk of overwriting the data you want to restore. Therefore take quick action and download file recovery software to the hard drive other than the one from where you have deleted file. The longer you wait and the more you use your system and therefore the less chance you have of getting the files back.

Then how to look up deleted files on computer?

Yodot File Recovery is one among thousands of recovery tools which is specially built to help those users who have deleted their important files accidentally. It will help you to restore Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, DataBase etc.), archive files and other file formats which you have deleted knowingly or unknowingly. One of the amazing feature of this software is along with documents it can restore few generic media file formats (photos, videos and music files) on Windows computer. As soon as you install this software, you will be presented with certain options. You need not do anything except clicking on appropriate option to recover deleted files. You can save deleted files on your computer hard drive or any other storage location to access it.

Guidelines to find deleted files on computer

  • Download Yodot File Recovery software and install it in your laptop or desktop
  • Run the application and follow the step-by-step instructions to complete the recovery process
  • Choose “Deleted File Recovery” option out of the two
  • Set the drive from where files are to be recovered and permit the software to scan the drive
  • For easy file selection, view recovered data in two different viewing patterns namely “Data View” and “File Type View”. Select the ones which you need to recover
  • Choose location to which the rescued data can be stored

Things to Consider

  • It is very important not to store recovered files in a source drive otherwise data will be deleted permanently
  • Do not disable “Save” option in Recycle Bin as you can restore your files in case you find them important later
  • Never select huge amount of files at once to delete. Try to delete files part by part so that it could get redirected to Recycle Bin

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