It’s happened to us all, we’ve emptied the recycle bin on our laptop or PC, only to discover – too late – that an important file or folder was in there and has been erased by mistake! It could be some photos, an important document or anything at all. The key detail, is that it’s been deleted twice – once from your files and secondly from your recycle bin.
That second step is the real problem. But, if you’re not sure you really emptied your recycle bin, go in there and have a look and perform a search too, just so you know for certain that the important file isn’t there.
If it really has gone, then there is still a chance you can find it – albeit a slim one.
How to Recover a Deleted File
The best way to recover an important file that’s been deleted from your recycle bin is to get in touch with the experts. We recommend the following steps:
- Immediately shut down your computer.
- Use your smartphone to search for us or your preferred data recovery experts.
- Explain the problem.
- Get your computer to us as quickly as you can.
The reason we recommend that you immediately shut down your laptop or PC is because if the file is still somewhere on your hard drive, its less likely to be overwritten by an inactive computer. As the data recovery experts, we know exactly where and how to find your deleted file, in a way that gets it back in tact with the minimum fuss – and cost.
If you start performing your own search and doing other internet searches on how to recover deleted data, it’s likely the file will be quickly over-written if it’s still hanging around somewhere. Remember, the file you’re searching for must be important or you wouldn’t be worrying about it. In those situations its worthwhile doing things properly to have the best chance of recovering your deleted file.
You can download Recuva free from the Piriform website. Besides Recuva, there are a number of other free recovery tools that you can try:
- Undelete 360
- Wise Data Recovery
- Pandora Recovery
- EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
DIY Recovery Programs
We know there are a lot of free or reasonably priced DIY programs and downloads out there. We also know that sometime they work and you can find the file you thought was gone forever. Read this article about When is Do-It-Yourself Data Recovery Worth the Risk.
But, we also know the instances where that happens and the recovered file is 100% intact and usable isn’t as common as you might think. If you insist on going down this route, we hope you get lucky. However, for the best chance of successfully retrieving your file without damaging it or your computer, data recovery experts really are the best option.
Don’t forget, you acted in haste when you accidentally deleted that important file. Another hasty action could ensure its consigned to the bin for ever. Avoid that scenario and get in touch with a data recovery expert you can trust.
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