Recovery of Deleted Files from Hard Disk

There are times where you would have accidentally erased your important file from PC; it could be anything such as music, photos, text files, documents or any other file. And more to this you’ve also emptied your Recycle Bin, so is there any way to undelete these files from Windows hard drive? The answer is yes! Go through this page to find out how to bring deleted files from hard disk drive on Windows OS.

Every Windows computer user encounters this kind of dilemma at some point of time, but fortunately these erased/removed files from hard disk can be retrieved back. You might think that, how can this be possible. Let’s make it simple, deleting a file or folder from your hard disk does not erase it permanently from HDD, instead OS just removes the entries of deleted files from File Allocation Table. Do it means that deleted files are still present on your hard disk and recovering them is not a difficult task, so don’t panic, if any of your vital files from your PC hard drive are deleted by chance.

What are the reasons for file deletion from hard disk?

  • Accidentally erasing or deleting few of your important files while erasing unneeded files or folders to free space on hard disk and then emptying Recycle Bin
  • Making use of “Shift + Delete” key combination to erase your file due to which deleted files bypasses Windows Recycle Bin
  • Interruptions that might arise when copying your files from hard drive to any external storage drives
  • Virus/worm deleting your file or antivirus program scanning your HDD may delete few files without your knowledge
  • Improperly using cut and paste commands to move from one partition to another on hard drive or from hard disk to external drive
  • Some users may accidentally delete their files from command prompt
  • Deleting a large sized file or folder, will bypass Recycle Bin and fails to get stored in the Recycle Bin

Apart from the above mentioned reasons, there are numerous causes accountable for the deletion of files from your computer hard disk. Likewise, you have many ways to retrieve these deleted files back from hard drive. Follow the below mentioned techniques to easily restore your files:

    Recover deleted files from backup

    This is one of the most effective methods to recover your deleted file back from backup, connect your backup drive and follow the below steps:

  • Go to Start menu->Control Panel->System and Maintenance->Backup and Restore and click “Restore my files” option and follow the on screen steps (OR)
  • If you copied those important files on to any external storage device like pen drive, external hard drive, CDs or DVDs. Then insert the corresponding external drive and copy those important files

Undelete files using recovery program

In case you forgot to take backup of your vital data files or you don’t have updated backup copy, then follow the next method. You need to opt for a data recovery tool like Yodot File Recovery (Windows), which has potential to undelete deleted files from your computer hard disk. It can identify and restore variety of file types such as text files, MS Office documents, music, photos, videos, animation files and so on. Other then hard disk, the application also retrieves data files from portable hard drives, USB drive, memory cards, iPods and FireWire drives on Windows PC.

Steps to undelete hard drive files

  • Download the Yodot File Recovery application to your Windows computer
  • Run the installed software and follow the main screen procedures
  • Click on "Deleted File Recovery" option to retrieve your deleted files
  • The application scans the whole computer and shows all the hard disk drives and partitions
  • Select the drive / partition from where you want to undelete your files
  • The software scans again and displays all the recoverable files, select the one which you want to restore and click "Next"
  • You can also preview the recovered files using “Preview” option
  • Finally, browse for the destination location to save your recovered files

Important Tips:

  • Don’t use hard drive to save new files or folders until you retrieve your deleted files
  • Use an efficient antivirus program to make your system free from virus infections
  • Make your important document files read only
  • Make multiple copies of your important files on different storage device like on pen drives, CDs and DVDs

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