How to recover deleted files


Have you formatted a memory stick, memory card or hard disk and then realised you need the information? Or have you deleted a file that you suddenly realise you need?

Well this page should help you get those documents, pictures, music, movies or any lost data back.

I will first give you an overview of how data is stored on a hard disk or memory card etc. This will then allow you to understand how it’s possible to get the data back.


When you copy a file to a storage device the computer “flags” the area it uses to store the file and writes the data between them. These flags tell you where the file starts and ends. The operating system can see these flags and uses them to help understand the file. When you delete a file, the data is not actually wiped. All that happens is the associated flags to that file are removed and replaced with flags that basically say this space is empty. The data is only ever lost when the Operating System decides to store a new file over the top of part or all of the other data. Luckily there are software programs that search the hard disk and ignore any empty flags and just read the data and construct a file structure based on what it finds. There are many names for these programs call file recovery, data recovery and un-deletion programs. A computer stores all the information in 0’s and 1’s. If you wish to remove all the data on a drive you have to run a program that writes 0’s or 1’s onto the whole disk.

Recover your deleted files

If you have deleted an item the first place to check is the recycling bin. This can be located in on the desktop in classic mode on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. When you delete a file normally it is placed here, if the recycling bin is full or the file is too big to go in there it gets permanently deleted after asking you confirmation to do this.

If you have formatted or its not found in the recycling bin you will need to use some kind of file recovery software to do this. There are various ones out there some of which are free such as Recuva.

Recuva is a nice free tool, but it is very simple, which is good in some cases bad in others. It doesn’t appear to scan the whole disk only a few small areas so this maybe not be useful to everyone. If you want a move comprehensive solution to maximize the chances of finding your lost files you will have to pay for some software. Once you have installed one of these file recovery programs you scan the computer and it comes up with a list of files it has found. From there you can recover them to another location.

I have known someone who has formatted their camera memory card and they asked me to get the information back. I wanted a more comprehensive program to get the data back, as the free ones didn’t not get all the files. To do this I purchased a piece of software called Active@Undelete. It recovered all the pictures from the memory card and was worth every penny to get all those “lost” memories back. To get the program i use click the image below.



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Disclaimer: By using any of the software mentioned in this document you are adhering to their terms and conditions of use. I do not accept any responsibility for any loss, damage or disruption to your data or computer system that may occur while using the software mentioned in this document.
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