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How to Recover lost Files?

Delete some important files? Can’t find your documents anymore? The photo folder no longer exists?  and you want to recover lost files? The problem of missing or accidentally deleted files is very common. Even if you make a backup copy of your most  important files, there is always a chance that something will happen before you can make a backup copy. Home computers are often shared with other family members, so some files may be deleted simply because of misunderstandings. For example, your son may think that you have already burned those photos and videos on your last vacation. Therefore, you delete photos and videos to free up space for a new game.

Is there a way to recover lost files?

Yes. This operation is known as delete delete, or delete delete. Many years ago, prior to the launch of Windows 95 and its Recycle Bin, small-line command tools called ‘delete’ or ‘delete’ were provided by operating systems to recover files that had been deleted by mistake. The uninstall feature is also built into the File Manager for previous versions of Windows. In Windows 3.1, if you have downloaded a file by mistake, you can choose to retrieve it by clicking the corresponding File Manager option.

At this point, you may be wondering: ‘Why aren’t those smaller apps available in modern versions of Windows?

Recycle Bin provides the best way to deal with deleted files. It is safe and easy to use. You do not need to type commands with random keys and switches. Just click on your Recycle Bin and restore the files, if you need to do so.

Since Windows 95, the files have not been permanently deleted. Instead they are placed in a special folder and stored there for some time. Recycle Bin settings can be adjusted by the user, which includes standard volume and storage time. Default is very secure: files are stored for a few weeks, and the standard Recycle Bin capacity is about 10% of your hard disk space. When the time expires, the files end up being deleted and cannot be recovered. However, if you do not care about the deleted files for a few weeks, you probably do not need them at all. It makes sense.

Somehow, yes. However, you should not forget that files are not deleted once they are installed in the Recycle Bin. There is no free space. If it is the space you need right now, you should remove your Recycle Bin, or use it at all.

Windows offers another way to delete files. You can press the “Shift” key (left or right, no matter) on your keyboard while removing to avoid inserting a file in the Recycle Bin. Therefore the space occupied by the file is immediately released.

But in this way, you run the risk of deleting important files. This operation cannot be undone. At least, not with the usual recovery from the Recycle Bin.

This is where you may need a recovery tool, such as Advanced NTFS Recovery. This easy-to-use service can scan your hard disk for recover lost files. If the required files are not found, the system will restore them, even if the file system itself is corrupted. The program takes advantage of all the features of NTFS if you are still using FAT, no problem, as Advanced NTFS Recovery can handle different file systems; but you can consider up grades to NTFS and can access files in ‘green’ mode. By using its preview feature, you can view the contents of deleted files even without retrieving them, allowing you to estimate the possibilities.

Worse still, once the file has been deleted, your system can overwrite it at any time. This will not happen if the file is in the Recycle Bin, but once the Recycle Bin is emptied, the new file can be written in the same location at any time. You cannot control the process. You cannot tell the system which of the deleted files is more important to you than the others.

So, let’s consider the example above of a son who wants to install a new game.


If you catch it just after deleting your photos, chances are you’ll be able to restore all your photos and videos. However, if he has already managed to install his game, some value files (if not all) may be overwritten. If so, they can no longer be found.

But do not jump to conclusions. The file system ( follows its rules when writing data, to determine that although there is probably no space left on your hard disk, deleted files are still available. Do not hesitate to do a scan. NTFS Advanced Recovery does not write data while scanning lost files, so there is no risk of overwriting by mistake.

Well, and if you do not already have the tools to restore your computer? Before using the program you need to install it, which means that the program files must be written to your hard disk. Won’t they write over your important files?

The answer is they may. Each file, even a small one, can damage deleted files. It is not possible to specify which files will be overwritten. What is important? Not important at all?

At this point, it is clear that if you want to restore deleted files, you should allow the system to write as few files as possible. If you can prevent the program from writing at all, the chances of recovering files are almost 100%!

Yes. If you avoid saving files in the partition where deleted files were, you may be able to restore each file. No magic, just a good little plan.

However, what about installing a program? Is there a chance to install it safely, without damaging the files you need to restore?

Even if your computer has only one hard disk, it can have several logical drives. It is a common practice to build at least two sensible drives: C and D. If this is the case with your computer and if you have only lost files in one drive, you can without hesitation install Advanced NFTS Recovery on another drive. The deleted files will remain absolutely safe.


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