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The Deleted File Recovery Guide for Non-Geeks
The ProblemI deleted a file and I need it back - how can I recover it?
Summary: Most likely your file is still there and there are free programs that can recover it. First there are a few precautions you need to take. Stop using the storage device with the deleted file on it - by that I mean, if the deleted file is on your computer, stop using it. If it was on your camera, remove your camera card. If it was on a pen drive, do not put any more files on the pen drive.
Here is why: when a file is deleted the space it takes up is considered free space by the computer. Meaning that if you create a file it will most likely overwrite a previously deleted file, possibly the file that you are trying to recover. As ironic as it seems, simply installing recovery software can over write the very file you are trying to recover. How you undelete your file will depend on where it was stored. Take a look below, each step will explain how to recover a file from a different location.
First try using Recuva to recover your lost files. Recuva is a free and easy to use program. Just follow this link for instructions:
How to Recover Deleted Files from your Hard Drive (For Free!) Using Recuva If Recuva fails to recover your file you can try PhotoRec. PhotoRec runs from a Live CD and is a power software recovery tool. Just follow this link for easy to follow instructions:
Recuva is an exellent program for recovering all kinds of deleted files. This tutorial will guide your through using it to recover files from a Flash Drive or Camera Memory Card.
Use Recuva to Recover your files from a Flash Drive or Memory Card If Recuva does not recover your file try PhotoRec. It was originally written to recover lost pictures and now it recovers many types of files. It is a powerful program and will be able to recover your files if they are still there. Just follow this link to see an easy to understand howto:
It is possible to recover some files after restoring your computer to factory settings, or reinstalling Windows.
First try using Recuva to recover your lost files. Recuva is a free and easy to use program. Just follow this link for instructions, and be sure to set the location as your hard drive and "Enable Deep Scanning" How to Recover Deleted Files (For Free!) Using Recuva
If Recuva fails to recover your file you can try PhotoRec. PhotoRec runs from a Live CD and is not as user friendly as Recuva. However it is a power software recovery tool. Just follow this link for easy to follow instructions: Recover Files with PhotoRec using an Ubuntu Live CD
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