Tuesday, 26 January 2021

How to recover permanently deleted files

It is likely that we will all at some point accidentally delete files and data during the course of our lives. If this happen to you for the first time, the experience can be seriously daunting and the anguish incomparable, but for those users who are seasoned – “oops, I’m gonna delete your files” decision – or unexpected error situation, the anxiety is less impacting.


Accidentally deleting files can result in permanent data loss, but doing so doesn’t mean the information is gone forever. With the progression of computer technology and tools for recovering loss data, it is now possible to access accidentally deleted files as it will still exist until it has been overwritten. Here’s why:

Permanently deleted data isn’t actually completely deleted

Whenever files are removed from a computer folder, desktop, recycle bin or other locations, the space the location where the file originally reside is simply marked as available but the data still reside on the hard drive. This will continue to be the case until new files are either copied to the drive or there has been major saving of data on the affected media. This principle remain the same for external (portable) media and internal hard drives.


How to recover permanently deleted files

So, if the deleted files are still on the how is it possible to get your lost data back and what steps should you take?  Whenever you accidentally delete data from your drive, the first and most important step is to stop using the drive and focus data recovery techniques to get your files back. The main question here is, what data loss prevention measures could you introduce to ensure this doesn't happen again?

If you are looking get your lost data back, here are some options you could try:

Use recovery software to get your lost data back

Most data recovery software have utilities that can help you scan the drive and detect and restore your lost data via a do-it-yourself route. The main thing to bear in mind is that some of tools are there are difficult to use and, any physical installation to your drive could result in the required data being wiped out completely as result of that space being taken over by the recovery software.

Whilst the data is freshly deleted, as long as you don’t use the drive – even if this is 10 years later – the data should still be there and it’s likely that data recovery can get your lost files back.


Reach out to a data recovery company

Enlisting the help of a data recovery specialist can result in you spending more for the service, but at the same time it presents a better option for peace of mind where critical data is at play. Data recovery company are able to draw upon years of experiences of undertaking these kind of services and will most likely to have ore sophisticated tools to get the job done profession and with greater accuracy.


Morale of the data recovery story

Always back up your data whenever possible and if it’s a single file, try emailing a copy to yourself for safe keeping just in case the backup media fail unexpectedly – seriously, this can happen, so no joking around.

Complement your physical storage media with cloud technology to help with storing your data, so in the event of a complete system failure, its easy to login to your cloud account and continue to access the required files.


Overall, whenever there is an accidental data or file deletion, avoid the temptation of saving new information on the storage media until your files have been recovered.

What's Your Data Recovery Needs?

Solid Rock IT UK offers data recovery services across media types and we would love to hear about your lost data issue so we can help get your lost data back. Get in touch today.

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