Rescue Old Files from Windows XP

“Hi, I have saved all my old files in Windows XP hard drive. Unfortunately, while removing unwanted files, I deleted few folders containing my precious old files. Since the folder size is large it bypassed Recycle Bin also. I do know how to find them from Windows XP operating system. Is there any appropriate way to restore old files? Please help me!!!”

Windows XP operating system was designed by Microsoft and it has many advanced features to increase computer reliability. It has advanced software compatibility when compared to its older versions. The above discussed situation have become common which will put you in annoying state. If you encounter similar scenario and lost old files forever in Windows XP then no need to worry about it unless you save any new file. The perfect method to overcome this scenarios is by taking back up of all important files. Unfortunately, few people will not take back up of any files. In such cases, you have to use good file recovery software to efficiently retrieve lost or erased old files from Windows XP system.

Scenarios that leads to loss of old files from Windows XP:

  • Antivirus application installed in Windows XP may erase files from drive during scanning process without users notification
  • Formatting Windows XP hard drive accidentally will wipe entire files present in it along with old files
  • Unintentionally erasing old files from any external storage device when connected to Windows XP computer
  • You may mistakenly cancel file transfer process which quits transfer of old files from or to system causing files loss
  • Incorrect usage of cut and paste commands to move old files from one location to another
  • Emptying Recycle Bin folder on Windows XP system without checking its contents

Utility to recover old files from Windows XP:

Yodot File Recovery can get back lost or erased old files from Windows XP operating system with ease. This tool can restore all types of Office files, generic media files, Outlook files, PDFs, etc. It can retrieve old files from drives formatted with FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS and NTFS5 file system. It can restore files from internal hard drive, external hard drive, memory card, pen drive, FireWire drives, SSD drives and many such devices. Its advanced search algorithm and scanning technology detect Windows XP hard disk with unique files signature scan to extract deleted or lost files from it. Along with Windows XP operating system, this utility is compatible to get back all files from hard drive on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 OS based computers. Moreover, it is not necessary to hassle about the safety data while using this tool because it is read-only and virus free.

Steps to recover old files from Windows XP:

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software on Windows XP computer
  • Launch the tool and you will get two options on main screen as ‘Deleted File Recovery’ and ‘Lost File Recovery’
  • Select as per your requirement to rescue lost or deleted old files from Windows XP hard drive and proceed next
  • Select the drive from where old files are lost
  • Now select the file types or click on 'Skip' option to select all files by default then allow it to scan
  • After the completion of scanning process, tool allows you to view restored old files either in 'Data View' or 'File Type View'
  • Finally save those recovered files using 'Save' option in desired destination location


  • Avoid using 'Shift Delete' key to delete any files on Windows XP
  • Regularly run a complete scan of Windows XP computer with anti-virus software to prevent virus infection