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How to Recover Accidentally Deleted Files

Updated on July 19, 2014

What Happens when you delete a file?

When you delete a file from your drive and decide to restore it then you look for that file in the recycle bin. Delete command never move your file into recycle Bin; after deleting also your file actually resides in the same place of the hard disk. The only thing is moved is the complete path of the file and its file name into a hidden index file named info located in the recycle Bin folder. In fact the original file name is renamed and hidden from your view only.This why you can easily restore your files from Recycle Bin.

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But once you delete the file from Recycle Bin what happens next?

In this case also file is not deleted, your operating system only changes the directory entry history of the file to let you know that the space occupied by that deleted file is now free for use. Data is still in the same location and recoverable. But remember if the operation system decides to use that free space occupied by the previously deleted file in that case previous deleted data will be overwritten by the new data and recovery may not be possible. So, once you delete a file from Recycle Bin and immediately decide to recover it then you must refrain from the following activities:

  • file creation
  • file modification
  • file removing
  • copying files
  • installing any

Now, you can recover the deleted files using any third party file recovery software. If your computer does not have any file recovery software installed then you can install any file recovery software to recovery the deleted files in any drive except from where your file has been deleted.

Step 2. Click data recovery and then advanced recovery

Step 3. Now select the drive letter from where you deleted the file.

Step 4. Click Next. It will scan for all the deleted files in the selected drive. It will take some time depending on the size of your hard drive

Step 5. Now select the file names you want to recover and click next.

Step 6. Select the location where you like to save the recovered files, click next and wait for the files to be recovered fully


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      mr. cool 6 years ago

      is it free?

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      save my system 7 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      you can perform scanning operation on your computer with a top flight data recovery program. The best programs will let you preview the date before you restore it. This is really the only way to restore deleted files.

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      save my system 7 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      Those screen shots are very much helpful. You made Easy recovery software so simple to perform with this. Data recovery is not so crucial thing to perform however, need skill for effective recovery.

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Thank you Save my system.

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      save my system 7 years ago from United Kingdom - London

      There are various ways to get back all your accidentally deleted files. However I always prefer software method. I found some very good recovery software's from online portals.

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      joeyjuviyani 7 years ago

      Get the complete guide on Top Softwares To Recover Deleted Data at:

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Thank lady_E.You can delete any data without any hesitation,:) always welcome.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for this useful info Andromida. Now I don't have to panic if I mistakenly delete a file.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      H P Roychoudhury 7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      The hub carries very important information how to recover a deleted file? Good luck to you, andromida, it was not known to me ever before. Thanks for the vital information.

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      kaderrashid12 7 years ago

      thank yo man very use ful. i used Recuva before. but it is pretty cool...

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      jobister 7 years ago from Anaheim, California

      Awesome, thanks for sharing. This is now bookmarked in case I ever do need it.

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      Lgali 7 years ago

      thanks for this useful tool very nice hub

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      syras mamun 7 years ago

      Thank you dohn, this software is really great and helped me many times to recover my deleted files.

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      This is certainly a very useful program, andromida. You write such helpful hubs! Thanks again!