How to recover deleted files in Windows

We’re sure you have all had times where you accidentally deleted some images, videos or other files that you actually needed. The good news is, there is a chance that you can recover these files, but you have to act fast. When you delete a file in Windows, the file doesn’t actually get deleted, only windows “forgets” the address to that file so that when that space of the hard disk is read, Windows considers it to be empty and can write new data on it.

The longer it has been since you deleted your files, the more chances there are that Windows might have overwritten new data on that space, so if you intend to recover your files, make sure you do not write anymore to the storage device until you can attempt to recover your files.

There are several applications and utilities that allow you to recover your deleted content, but we will be teaching you how to use one of them as most of thse utilities are similar in functionality. The utility we will be using is the “Recuva” application from Piriform. You can go to this link to download a free version of the utility

So after you have downloaded and installed it on your computer, here is what you have to do. Firstly, when you open the application for the first time, you will see that it shows you a “wizard” interface, there is an option to disable that so you can use the more professional interface. We will be teaching you how to use that.

Here, you can see the interface of the utility.



Now, you can choose to to search everywhere or just in a particular drive, lets say that you are looking for deleted files in a specific drive, select the correct drive as shown below.



After you have selected the drive, you can select what kind of files are you looking for, lets say that you are looking for videos, select the correct option as shown in the following image.




Now, press the scan button and the program will search for data that has been deleted. You will be shown a window as shown here. Files that show a green colour can be recovered as their data is in good enough condition, while files with an orange or red colouring have been overwritten by new data. Also, you will be able to see previews of some of the files. Select the files that you want to recover and click on the “recover” option.




You will then be asked for the location where you want to save the recovered files. select the appropriate location as required and click on “OK”.



Now you will have successfully recovered the files as shown below.



Now, if your required files were not found during the scan, you can go for a deep scan that searches the sectors of the drive and looks for even a few remains left of the files. Keep in mind that deep scanning takes more time. To enable deep scanning, select “Options” in the main menu of the program.



After that, go to the “Actions” tab, select the option for “Deep Scan” and then click on “OK”.



Now you have enabled deep scan. After your scan you can recover the files in the same way as shown with the regular scan above. Well, that’s it guys, if you have any questions regarding this tutorial, do let us know in the comments below and we’ll be sure to help you out.

Abdullah Akbar

Abdullah Akbar Shafi is currently doing Software Engineering And he writes on Gadgets and Technology as his interest.
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