How to Recover Deleted Files

May 6, 2016

Accidental deletion happens. Whether it was a result of a mass deletion followed by the realisation that you needed just one of the files, deleting the wrong version of a document, or just accidentally hitting the delete button,  it’s happened to most of us. You delete a file and realize you need it back. This guide will explain how to recover deleted files.

Some people sulk, complain, and/or throw the computer out the window. With the right knowledge and the right software, it is possible to recover deleted files and bring it back to the world of the living. You don’t need to be a brainy computer nerd, either.

After reading the following tips, you’ll realise that the delete button doesn’t have the power over you that it seems to have!

Recover deleted files on your Windows PC

If you’re not sure whether you permanently deleted a file, be sure to look around for it first. Double-check your computer’s recycle bin to see if your file is still waiting there. If so, you can right-click the file and choose the “restore” option. No harm, no foul.

If that doesn’t help, you can try checking your backup. Windows has built-in backup tools, so they may be able to help. Windows 7’s Previous Versions tool may have created a backup of your file, even if you haven’t set anything up. Navigate back to the folder where the file originally was. Right-click on that folder and, if available, select “Restore previous versions.” You may be able to go back in time and bring back the contents of that folder from a previous date.

Recover deleted files on your MAC

MAC has similar Trash folder as Windows. If you simply put files in the Trash you can restore them by opening the Trash (left-click on the Trash icon) and drag the files from the Trash to your Desktop or other desired location.  OS X also provides a short-cut to undo the last item moved to the Trash-press COMMAND-Z.

The importance of creating backups

You should be making regular backups of your most important files so you won’t lose too much critical data if they ever vanish on you. Manual backup may take some efforts. We recommend you to use cloud and automatic backup. If the file was stored in a cloud storage service like VOGLA, now’s the time to check it for a copy of the file you deleted. While it may take some effort and perhaps a bit of a cost upfront, having that digital safety net is priceless.



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