We’ve all done it; accidentally deleted an important file. That document you’ve been working on for weeks is no longer in your document folder. The music collection you’ve spent years putting together, or that family photo album you’ve worked on for weeks – gone.
The simple solution to this problem that most of us can use, most of the time, is to simply restore the file from the Windows Recycle Bin. The Recycle Bin can be a life saver when a file has been accidentally deleted.
Normally, the deleted file sits in the Bin until you empty the Bin, or restore the file. But what if the file has been permanently removed from the Bin, to make room for more recently deleted files when the maximum size allocated in Recycle Bin properties, has been exceeded.
All is not lost and here’s why: when a file is deleted from your Hard Drive, or portable media, what really gets deleted is the system link pointing towards the file, but not the file itself. Surprisingly, it can often be relatively easy to retrieve the deleted file, or a good portion of the file, using specialized file recovery software, which takes advantage of this reality.
To enhance the possibility of recovering the deleted file, rapid action is a prime requirement. File recovery software has limitations, so once you have realized you have deleted that important file; do not write any more files to drive until you can run the recovery program.
A free recovery application with a particularly helpful and instinctive interface, one the one that I use most frequently, is Recover Files.exe from UndeleteUnerase.com. Recovering files with this freeware program is as simple as launching the application, selecting the drive, and clicking on the analyze button.
Files that can be recovered, on that drive, are presented in an easy to understand format that includes the file Path, Status, Size, Date Created, Date Modified and a rating (from Overwritten to Very Good), as to the likelihood of recovery. Selecting the listed file to be recovered, clicking on the Undelete button begins the recovery process.
Those users, who are unfamiliar with this type of application, will find the well written and instructive help file, particularly useful.
I’ve had good success with this small application recovering deleted files, and I recommend that all users’ consider adding Recover Files.exe to their toolbox. Recover Files.exe has been awarded kudos by a substantial number of application review websites.
Recover Files.exe can recover -
Files deleted bypassing Recycle Bin.
Files deleted even after you have emptied the Recycle Bin.
Files deleted accidentally from a network share.
Files deleted from the DOS command prompt.
Files deleted when you press Shift+Delete on the keyboard.
Files deleted when you use Move or Cut command.
Files deleted in other applications or by viruses.
Files from Hard drives
Files from Floppy disks
Files from Compact Flash, Smart Media, Multimedia and Secure Digital cards
Files from External USB Disk Drives
Files from Flash drives/Flash Memory
Files from Zip disks, Jazz disks
Supports FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and NTFS 5 file systems.
Performs non-destructive and read-only scan and file recovery.
Displays file name, type, size, date, and more.
Restores original create and modified file dates.
Supports Unicode and non-alphabet languages.
Filters files by name, extension, folder and file type.
System Requirements: Windows 95, 98, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
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