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Ack! The computer ate my term paper! We've all been there at some point. You delete an important file, somehow it skips your Recycle Bin altogether, and for all practical purposes, it's disappeared into the ether. But before you hit the big red panic button, there's a very good chance that your file is still alive and kicking somewhere on your hard drive—you just need to know how to find it. So you still have chance to restore the  lost files.

Why Lost Files Can be Recoverable?

When your operating system deletes a file, all it really does is mark the space on your hard drive that your file occupies as free space. It's still there, but your computer is now perfectly happy to write new data on top of it—at which point the file recovery process becomes a lot more difficult. That means you should do as little computing as possible until you find the file you're looking for, since every time you save a new file—every time your computer writes information to your hard drive—your chances of recovering the file go down.

Method 1   Restore Lost Files from a Backup

If you can't find a file on your computer or you accidently modified or deleted a file, you can restore it from a backup (if you're using Windows backup) or you can try to restore it from a previous version. Previous versions are copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point. Previous versions are sometimes referred to as shadow copies.

Method 2   Search Recycle Bin

Even you've lost an important file, don't panic, take a breath, and let's see if we can find it. Before you go into full-on file recovery mode, make sure you double-check the folder you had saved it in and the Recycle Bin or Trash. Still nothing?

Method 3   With a Recovery Software

With the right tools, finding and recovering that deleted file can be as simple as a few clicks of your mouse.

Download and Istall Recovery Tool--WiseRecovery Software

Step 1

Download WiseRecovery Software, install and launch it.
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Step 2

Perform a Full Scan. Click the "Start Scan" button on the main window of WiseRecovery. 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. The software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files.
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Step 3

   
Preview and Recover Files. Find the files you want to restore in the scan result. Select them and click Recover. Select them and click Recover.Set a destination folder to save the recovered files. You can find the recovered files in the destination folder. Attention: The destination folder can't be in the same drive as the drive you scanned. It will take about 2-10 minutes to scan, it depends on your disk size and files amount on the disk.
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Tips & Warnings

  • A good recovery tool can be very helpful. Backup is a good habit if you always deal with important files.
  • If you use a SD card, do not set your card near a magnet as this will delete all of its data.
  • Do not wait a long time to restore the lost data, after a longer time, it is harder to restore, regardless of the software used.
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