It is almost impossible that during the use of a computer you were never under the situation of needing to recover a deleted file. Maybe you accidentally pressed the Delete key, maybe the document that you worked on in recent months suddenly disappeared from the hard disk and there is not even trace of it in the Recycle Bin. Whatever the case, it is time to relax. Your files are still safe on the hard drive and certainly still can be accessed using a program to recover deleted files even if they are not visible in the directory.
When you delete a file from your PC is not physically deleted from the hard drive, but only removed from the directory where it was are. Initially, it is found in the Recycle Bin and can be restored with a single click. If you have emptied the Recycle Bin, however, the mission is complicated, but it is impossible. Even if you delete the file from the Recycle Bin, it is still present on the hard drive, even if the operating system tells you that the space allocated for the file was freed. This is because the operating system does not immediately use the space freed by deleting the file. In other words, the file becomes irretrievable only when the space allocated for the file is assigned to another file. Therefore, the chances of recovering an accidentally deleted file are even higher as the elapsed time from this operation is less.
On the market there are many data recovery programs. Theoretically, there are free solutions that do their job as well as the extra cost solutions, but basically they are particularly useful for deleted files a short time ago. If you want to recover deleted files in the past few months ago, the best solution is to use a software for purchase.
Recuva is one of the most popular free software for data recovery, being recognized for the recovery data in itself and the simple interface and easy to use. Recovery includes Microsoft Office documents that you did not get to save, the music stored on your iPod or emails. There is also a portable version that can run directly from a USB stick.
2. Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition
The Ease U.S. developed application allows, according to the manufacturer, recovering of files from formatted hard drives and continue searching of lost files without scanning unit again. You can also search for only certain file extensions, but the less enjoyable part is that you can save only 1 GB at a time. Therefore, for music and movies, you should turn to other solutions.
3. Panda Recovery
The program allows you to save files accidentally deleted on a variety of products (hard drives, external HDDs, USB drives), you can use the search function if you know its name, even partial extension of files. Unfortunately, the program is not compatible with Windows 7 and a portable version costs 20 USD.
4. Recover My Files (70 USD)
This is one of the most popular programs for recovery and allows including restoring the entire hard drive, along with the ability to preview files before saving. The good part is that you can use the free search and purchase an activation key only if the lost files are found.
5. MunSoft Data Recovery System (100 USD)
The most expensive data recovery suite promises to saves old files and comes in a multitude of cheaper versions that just recover files with specific extensions. For example, there is a program to recover deleted photos and versions of Office files, archives and other partition types.
6. GetDataBack (80 USD)
Despite the spartan interface, GetDataBack does its job well and recovers data including whether the partition table was damaged, if the data has been erased by a virus or the hard disk was formatted. In addition, you get free lifetime updates to later versions.
7. Data Recovery Software (80 USD)
The manufacturer claims it can quickly recover application including small files, which are sometimes “forgotten” by other applications. It is useful if you have a few KB document that contains valuable information that you absolutely need to recover.
8. Disk Doctors (59 USD)
In its full name Disk Doctors Instant File Recovery, the program relies on the speed with which it recovers data, including in the case of accidental formatting, virus attacks or sudden fall of electricity. Unfortunately, no version for Windows 7.
9. Windows 7 Restore Previous
Windows 7 includes an automatic backup program named Windows 7 Restore Previous, which can help you restore files accidentally deleted. First, you need to enable System Protection service (right click Computer – Properties – System Protection – Configure and select the first option). Later, when you delete a file by mistake, all you have to do is to go through these steps: right click on the folder – Properties – Previous Versions and from there select one of the older versions of the director.
Even though it is the simplest solution, this method is not very efficient, since the system may not have a chance to make an automatic backup before you delete a certain file.
10. Undelete Plus 126.96.36.1998
Undelete Plus restores deleted and lost files. It examines your hard drive for accidentally deleted data and saves these files if possible. After searching, Undelete Plus displays all the files found and their conditions. These files or archives can be restored with a click of the mouse.