How to Restore Personal Files from Windows 7?

“I usually store all my personal details in a folder on my Windows 7 laptop. However, today while removing needless files from this folder on system to free memory space, I removed few important personal files and lost them. I couldn’t restore those personal files since I deleted them using Shift+Delete key combination that bypassed Recycle Bin folder. Can anybody suggest me a good restoration method to get back my personal files on Windows 7 PC?”

Users may store most of their personal data on Windows 7 desktop / laptop, so that it can be accessed at any required time. Users save Word, Excel, picture, WordPad, text and other useful file types with valuable information. It may include personal details like bank account details, crucial information regarding any project and so on. Losing such personal files of high importance could be a cumbersome situation on Windows 7.

No need to get frustrated when large files are deleted from Windows 7 system. Only the links that are related to those files are removed from hard drive so that new information can be added to the same memory location. So before new files overwrites the space occupied by deleted large files, act quickly and make use of relevant third party file recovery utility.

Most frequently encountered scenarios for losing personal files from Windows 7 are:

  • Interruptions like power outage or sudden system shutdown, while moving personal files using Cut-Paste options on Windows 7 will render missing of those files
  • Accidentally erasing personal files using Command Prompt or with the help of any third party applications installed on Windows 7 computer
  • Removing any user account on Windows 7 will automatically delete all personal files associated with that user account
  • Removing personal data on Windows 7 when Recycle Bin is enabled with the option ‘Don’t move files to Recycle Bin. Remove files……..’ will erase those files beyond manual recovery
  • Deleting large sized personal files on Windows 7 may sometimes delete such files completely without saving them in Recycle Bin
  • Use of untrustworthy freely available anti-malware applications on Windows 7 PC can cause auto deletion of infected personal files without notifying user

These scenarios are likely to induce missing or deletion of personal files on Windows 7. However, one need not worry about lost personal files on Windows 7, because use of eminent file retrieval tool can bring back all types of personal files easily.

Personal files restoration software:

Yodot File Recovery is the excellent software to recover personal files on Windows 7 computer. This tool is capable of restoring MS Office documents, text, Notepad, WordPad, archives, basic media files (pictures, music and videos) and other file types with ease. Apart from computer hard drive, one can retrieve personal files and folders from pen drives, external hard drives, memory cards and other storage components on Windows 7 using this utility. Also, it can restore files and directories on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 2003 OS based computers.

Steps to extract personal files on Windows 7:

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software in a healthy system
  • Install the utility and run it with the help of provided guidelines
  • Select “Deleted File Recovery” or “Lost File Recovery” option from main screen
  • Further, choose the partition in which personal files were saved on Windows 7 hard drive
  • Scanning process begins after clicking on next and its status will be shown in Progress bar
  • After completion of drive scan, recovered personal files will be short listed in two view types
  • Have a look at restored files by switching between ‘Data View’ and ‘File Type View’ options
  • Save these retrieved files to target location on Windows 7 system hard drive or to other storage media like CD, DVD or external drive

Useful Tips:

  • Do not make use of ‘Shift+Delete’ or ‘Run’ command to erase any personal files on Windows 7
  • It is better to have multiple copies of personal files from Windows 7 system to avoid file loss