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How To Undelete Files on Windows 7, XP and Linux Free

Updated on September 29, 2012

How To Undelete Files with Free Software

This is a step-by-step tutorial how to undelete files using free recovery file software plus a list of other helpful free recover files tools.If you accidentally deleted something important by "Shift+ Delete" or lost data after computer crash ,you will need one of these programs to undelete/recover your missing files .This tutorial also helps you to retrieve files from MP3 player and digital camera card .


Recuva has an easy-to-use wizard to undelete file from Recycle Bin, Windows folders , digital camera card, or MP3 player.
Download Recuva

in First wizard window youhave to choose where were the deleted files .Default option will search all computer files .

Check deep scan if you want more accurate files search but it will take time .

Wait until scan complete .

This is the result of file scan ,red and green colors mean damaged/undamaged file .Now check files you want then right click -> recover checked and choose folder to recover files .

Glary Undelete

Another free software to undelete files is ( Glary Undelete ) .It supports file recovery from hard drivers (FAT12/16/32,NTFS/NTFS5) SmartMedia, MultiMedia , CompactFlash, and Secure Digital cards .

Download Glary Undelete


Pandora is free potable recover software runs on Win ( XP / Vista / 7) and has simple GUI .First select drive to search in ,you can search in both NTFS and FAT-formatted hard drive ,USB flash disk or SD cards .It allows you to preview images files (.jpg,.png.bmp ....) before recovering .

Download Pandora Recovery


It is a free Cross-platform file recovery software runs under Linux, FreeBSD ,DOS/Win9x , Windows NT 4/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008/7, NetBSD, OpenBSD ,Sun Solaris ,Mac OS X ,but bad thing that it's a command line program so you have learn its commands before you can use it .
How to use PhotoRec

Download PhotoRec

SoftPerfect File Recovery

Lightweight & freeware recovery software able to recover files from CF and SD cards ,USB flash drives and other storage media . It supports FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and NTFS5 file systems and runs on Win 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 2008 .

Download SoftPerfect File Recovery


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      Michael 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing but please select software you can run from an usb-stick don't install anything or you deleted files will be overwritten. (info: the whole thing (recovering already deleted files only works because windows don't delete the actual data but unlink the data from the directory) so better you make sure you don't write on your hd unless you have your data recovered.

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      Patrick Kamau 5 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks for this information. It is very bad to loose ones data. This information you have provided here is very important to help people recover their lost data.

      Thanks for sharing.