While it is easy to restore your data from your computer’s Recycle Bin, once you have deleted it from its location, it is next to impossible to recover files once the trash is emptied, or the Shift+Del keys are pressed. You may use the Restore Previous Version option to bring back your erased files, but that option can affect your other data. So, if you want to fetch your permanently deleted files – without making any changes to your system and without testing your technical acumen– there is hope and free tools to help you pull through:
To recover data from corrupted, damaged, and reformatted drives; restore files erased by bugs, crashes and viruses; as well as “undelete” files from USB flash drives, memory cards, and MP3 players, you can choose Recuva. This Windows recovery tool was developed by Piriform and has an advanced deep scan mode, which scours your drives to find any traces of files you have deleted by mistake.
The free file recovery software allows you to recover files regardless of their type – pictures, songs, movies and documents – up to a month after they were deleted by using the Shift+Del keys bypassing. According to the developers, “Pandora Recovery scans your hard drive and builds an index of existing and deleted files on any logical drive of your computer with supported file format; once the scanning is complete you have full control over which files to recover and what destination to recover them to.”
You can copy the deleted files you want to recover onto another partition, or disk, using this free and open source data recovery software tool. TestDisk queries the BIOS, or the operating system, to find the data storage devices and their characteristics to recover deleted partition, rebuild partition table, and rewrite the Master boot record.
This portable recovery program can be used in all versions of Windows and Windows file systems to resurrect files, folders, and clusters. Its scan and recovery speeds make the job easier, and, since it’s portable, you don’t have to install it. You can use it on your PC without writing to the hard drive.
This free data recovery software recovers lost files that are due to accidental deleting, formatting, software crash, hard drive damage, virus attack, partition loss or any other reason. The recovery can take place from your computer’s hard drive, external hard drives, USB drives, memory cards, digital cameras, mobile phones, music players and other storage media. EaseUS has two scanning modes: quick scan that finds deleted files; and deep scan that finds formatted, inaccessible or lost files.
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