First of all…
DO NOT PANIC!
Do not try to find deleted files, or get deleted
files back, until you have read this first.
It will give you a clear explanation of what has happened, and what you must, and must not do, to recover deleted
files most successfully.
*** In order to find, and successfully get back deleted files, it
is now very important that nothing else is written to that device ***
The lost data may still exist, but it is now at risk of being overwritten by any new files that are created or
saved. This will make the recovery of deleted files more difficult and lower the likelihood that you will be able
to get deleted files back.
Minimise File and Disk Activity
Reducing, or preferably eliminating, the writing of any new data to the
disk or device on which you want to find deleted files is the single most important thing you can do to increase
the likelihood that you will get deleted files back without data loss and achieve successful recovery of deleted
How to Get Deleted Files Back from a PC Hard Drive
If you need to get deleted files back from your computer’s hard drive in
particular, you should refrain from any further activity on that computer. This means you should not use it to
browse the internet as this causes lots of temporary files to be written to the disk. Remember, any disk activity
reduces the likelihood that you will be able to get deleted files back successfully.
You should NOT open applications or programs as this also often causes lots of disk activity
making the recovery of deleted files more difficult.
You should also NOT close any applications or programs as this may cause files to be updated and
saved to the disk. Any application that is still writing data to disk should be halted if possible, preferably
still without actually closing it.
Do NOT shut down, close or reboot your PC. This may cause applications or Windows itself to save
data by creating new files, potentially overwriting your lost data and again making the recovery of deleted files
If you are reading this page on the same computer on which you need to find deleted files, do nothing further on
this computer. Do not close this internet browser window. Use another computer and visit this site, Get Deleted Files Back, from there instead.
Get Deleted Files Back from a Camera, Phone, Memory Card or USB Device
It is usually easier to find deleted files on these devices as they are
normally used for data storage and not for running applications. However, the same principle applies. In order to
have the best chance of successful file recovery, do not save or update any data to the device.
Successful recovery of deleted files requires that nothing overwrites where the lost data was stored on the
OK, so now how do I Get my Deleted Files Back?
At this stage, in order to find the deleted files and perform a successful
recovery of deleted files, you need to step back and review what happened to cause them to get deleted in the first
If the files have been deleted from your computer’s hard drive, they may still be in the Recycle Bin. In this case,
it is an easy remedy. Just use Windows Explorer or My Computer to open the Recycle Bin, find the deleted files and
then restore the lost data.
However, you may have emptied the Recycle Bin, or deleted straight from a camera, phone, memory card or USB memory
device. Doing this bypasses the Recycle Bin. Depending on what has been written to the device in the meantime, the
data of the deleted file may still be present on the device. All that has been lost is the operating system’s
‘pointer’ to where it is on the disk.
Alternatively, the device may have been reformatted causing all data to be deleted. While this may seem to be an
irreversible situation, the deleted data may still be present on the device and it might be possible
to get the deleted files back.
Recovery of Deleted Files
There are a few options available to you at this stage.
The easiest is to take a trip down to your local computer store for assistance. However, in the case of a PC this
means losing power and shutting down the computer which is not recommended. In the case of a laptop device, you
have however long the battery will last for to avoid the same scenario.
To achieve recovery of deleted files most effectively, requires that the disk with the lost data is in the same
condition as when the files were deleted.
Or you can look for one of the many tools and utilities for the recovery of deleted files available on the
internet. As mentioned previously, DO NOT use the internet on the same system on which you need to
get back deleted files.
There are several free and commercial tools for use in different circumstances. Some file recovery software tools
will recover lost files individually. Some provide more powerful functionality to enable the recovery of deleted
files in bulk. Others provide a greater degree of disk analysis and management to deal with recovering reformatted
One of the best file recovery software products is
Recover My Files
With Recover My Files you can:
|Get deleted files back such as|
Word, Excel, Powerpoint documents, photos, video music and email
|Recover deleted files from|
PC hard drive, camera card, USB, Zip, floppy disk or other media
|Get back deleted files emptied from the Recycle Bin|
Recover deleted files that have bypassed the Recycle Bin (e.g. from USB devices)
Recover files deleted by a virus, trojan etc
Recover files after an accidental format, even if you have reinstalled Windows
Recover files after a hard disk crash
Recover files from a corrupt disk drive
Get back files after a partitioning error
Get back data from RAW hard drives
The free trial version of the software will scan and show you
exactly what deleted files can be recovered.
You can actually see the files it finds displayed on screen.
This means you can be totally confident
that it will recover deleted files that you want before buying it.
To maximise your chances of being able to get deleted files back successfully,
just follow this simple procedure:
To get back deleted files, download and install Recover My Files onto your PC.
But, remember, if the deleted files you want to recover are on your own PC you should download the software to a
different PC – then copy it to a device such as a USB memory stick or CD and run it from that.
Run Recover My Files and scan your PC hard
drive or attached device (camera, USB stick, etc)
You should now be able to see a preview of the deleted files that can be recovered in the preview
If you can see the deleted files you want to
get back, you then need to purchase the
full version of the software
Successful File Recovery!
Remember that the more you use the device your deleted files are on,
the more likely it is that they will get overwritten.
For your best chance of successful file recovery
follow the above
procedure as soon as possible.
We hope you are able to get your deleted files back.
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