Retrieve Deleted Files From Your Flash Drive
A computer’s delete button can sometimes cause major catastrophes to users’ lives. This of course happens when important files are erased after accidentally hitting the delete button, or when files are removed after deciding that they will no longer be of use. This type of misfortune can happen to anyone all the time.
People who have gone through the experience will never forget the feeling of dread that comes with the hopeless realization that important files have been lost in thin air, and are never likely to be recovered; however, it would help to know that with the right steps such a tragedy could still have a happy ending.
This article offers some tips on how to retrieve deleted files and save users from looking at their delete buttons with vengeance in mind.
How to retrieve deleted files on your PC
The first and the most obvious place to look for deleted files in the computer is the recycle bin. That is where they usually sit and wait for verdict. If the file can be found in the recycle bin, right click on the file name and simply click the “restore” button.
However, if the file can’t be found, go back to the folder where the missing file originally was and right click on it. Choose “Restore previous version” from the options. It would also be possible to restore the contents of the folder to an earlier date.
If both have been done and the effort is futile, cheer up for there is still hope. The fact is that even if the deleted file is no longer in the recycle bin and there is no clue as to its present location, it is most likely hidden somewhere in the hard drive.
Once a file has been deleted from the computer, the space vacated by that particular file will be marked as free for use; however, the good thing is that the computer does not overwrite the space that has become available unless it is left with no other option.
If the computer has a 100MB of free storage and a 50MB file is deleted, the hard drive will not only have a free storage of 100MB, but a usable space of 50MB as well. This means that if a 120MB program is downloaded into the computer, it will make space for the new file and kick your 20MB file from the hard drive.
So, one of the most important things to remember when trying to recover a deleted file is to make sure that no other files are saved or downloaded into the computer. Although, by deleting a file, the computer is advised that it is no longer important. This makes the retrieval process complicated to do without assistance from restoration software. Fortunately, there are many software options available to do the dirty job.
Restoration software can be bought, or a free one can be downloaded from the net. Software programs automatically perform a thorough scan on your hard drive and locate files that have not been overridden; after which retrieving deleted files from the computer will be a simple point-and-click process.
Recovering deleted files on your memory card or mobile device
Retrieving deleted files from a mobile gadget can be a bit more difficult. It all depends on what kind of file was deleted and whether or not the file was on the hard drive of the actual device. Here are some steps that may be helpful to file recovery:
- When retrieving photos form a memory card, remove the card and insert it in the computer.
- Run a restoration program, such as ZAR for images, and Recuva for non image files.
- Scan through the entire card to check for recoverable images.
- When retrieving files from an iPhone or iPad hard drive, the options can be very limited. A tool called Dr. Fone may help, but it does cost some money and may not work for all iOS devices. There is however a free trial version and it is probably the best option to take.
The significance of creating backups
There may be several ways to retrieve deleted files on computers and handheld devices; however it would be most ideal to create backups for your data. This is the best way to ensure retrieval of any lost or deleted files. This may entail effort and a little cost, but the benefits are priceless.