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If you have lost your text files on a PC because of a reformatted hard drive, a system error or an accidental delete, the good news is you can recover recently deleted files, safely and quickly. To recover your text files, you need a recovery program which can recover and save your lost text files.

How to Recover Lost Text Files on PC

Step 1

Download Recuva at no cost (see link in Resources). Follow the setup and installation instructions. Double-click the program to launch it. When the recovery wizard opens, click "Next."

Step 2

Select "Documents" from the file type menu, and then click "Next." Click the "Enable Deep Scan" check-box to perform a more extensive search. This option can take hours, but it has a higher chance of locating your lost text files. Select the location where you want to search for your text files, and then click "Start." Recuva will be scanning the location for lost and delete text files. When the scan is complete, the traced text files will be displayed on a new window.

Step 3

Scan through and select the text files that you want to recover, and then click the "Recover" button. Select the location where you want to save your text file, and then click "OK." Your file will be recovered and saved to the location of your choice.
If you can not recover the lost text files, you can try a more powerful recovery software named WiseRecovery which also can recover your deleted or lost files due to situations of corruption, formatting, virus attack, etc. With WiseRecovery you don't need to worry about your lost data any more.

How to Recover Lost Text with WiseRecovery

Step 1

Download WiseRecovery Software, install it and launch it. Click the "Start Scan" button on the main window of WiseRecovery.

Step 2

You can see the list of all volumes found on your computer, select the exact drive and click the "Next" button to start scanning. If you can't see the drive, please make sure your external drives are connected, and click 'Refresh' button.

Step 3

It will take about 2-10 minutes to scan, it depends on your disk size and files amount on the disk. After scanning is finished, you can preview text document and files.
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