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10 Steps on How to Recover Your Deleted Files

Exercise extreme cautions when handling your important file. Especially if you are pressing the "delete" button.

Exercise extreme cautions when handling your important file. Especially if you are pressing the "delete" button.

There are times when we accidentally deleted some important files. Those times that you we’re so excited and unimaginably doing an action that you don’t even want to do. Well, I've done it, so, I was like “Oh my damn!!!” all my files we’re gone; My writings, videos, photos, music, and other stuff that were saved on my desktop. I totally freaked out. Then it’s been days since that fatal accident with my laptop and I've been asking my friends what to do but. Most of their response were laughing and saying, “You’ll never retrieve them”. But I am a fighter and I relentlessly looked for a way. I then moved to our good old friend, Google. And wow, the information it provided gave me a hint of joy and hope. There is in fact a way to resolve it. After a while, most of searches resulted to downloading software’s that can help me retrieve those files. A lot of software we’re displayed with eye catching description of their talented works on retrieving. By contrast I personally prefer alternative approach than downloading a software. For instance, the file that I lost was a very important folder which is one of my graduating requirements: thesis. All our data was saved to this folder named "Pawnshop Thesis".

After hours of researching in google, watching video clips from YouTube, questions from my annoyed IT friends, I finally found the way. Since the problem was retrieving or how to retrieve your permanently deleted files, you can do it by restoring the earlier version of your hard disk. When you delete a file, it does not really leave your machine. The hard disk only marks the original location of your files as available. Then those that were deleted will be then placed in a secret place that you can never find (If you do not know how to look). All deleted files will be sent there and continually accumulates. Your computer will allocate an available space for all your deleted files. However, it is important to note that, this not the case all the time. If your computer happens to be maxed out its storage capacity, then it will now permanently deletes your deleted file. So, how exactly does this work? Let’s find it out ourselves below:

Easy steps in retrieving your deleted files:

  1. Click start button
  2. Select computer
  3. Then right click on your hard or local disk (C :), then select; Restore previous versions
  4. Select the earliest version that would certainly contain your files on a state before you deleted them
  5. Click open
  6. Select user (that would be your account)
  7. Choose your Account or user where files are saved.
  8. Select the files you want to restore
  9. Drag them onto your desktop
  10. It will take a few minutes in restoring depends on the size of the files then; your files are back!

In conclusion, you don't really need to download anything to retrieve your file. Your computer will always have your file somewhere within and you just need to look it up yourself. If this does happen to you, don't lose hope, be resourceful and maximize the power of the internet.

To illustrate:

First Step

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One more step

One more step

Yeah! step no. 10

Yeah! step no. 10

Here are some useful software to retrieve or recover your files:

Free File Retrieving software:

1. Recuva

- It can recover files from hard drives, external drives (USB drives, etc.) and memory cards. Recuva can even undelete files from your iPod!

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2. Pandora Recovery

- It can also will undelete files from hard drives, memory cards, etc. Nearly anything that stores files that you can also connect to your PC should be supported.

3. SoftPerfect File Recovery

- It is a small, 500KB, standalone file making the program very portable. Feel free to run File Recovery from a USB drive or floppy disk.

4. Avira Unerase Personal

- Unlike SoftPerfect File Recovery, Avira Unerase Personal is not a standalone softaware, after installation it's totally a one click operation.

5. CD Recovery Toolbox

- is designed to recover files from damaged or corrupted optical drive discs - CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, HD DVD, etc.

Disclaimer: These are mere suggestions if you wanted a software to do it for you. I have never tried them yet. Would strongly recommend reading more about your chosen software prior to usage.

Fun Fact!

Did you know, the first ever computing system was built back in 1943-1946?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 John Paolo Magdaluyo


University Fresher on July 21, 2014:

Thank U so much , that was indeed very useful, thumbs up

torrilynn on June 27, 2014:

i thank you so much for this hub. i wish i would have know how simple it was before now. very useful indeed. voted up.

John Paolo Magdaluyo (author) from Philippine on August 31, 2013:


- Glad you found this hub. It is very helpful I guarantee you. it can save you a lot! Especially those accidental scenarios.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 28, 2013:

I had no idea of this an informative, and useful hub for many readers.

John Paolo Magdaluyo (author) from Philippine on June 25, 2013:

I have seen those but I prefer to choose only the first three that I saw. Anyway, I'll be adding it too. Thank you. I'll be editing it maybe next week busy at school currently . Thanks so much

Abhay Jeet Mishra from NJ, USA on June 25, 2013:

You may include subheadings inside the article like "Risks Involved with freeware", "Important Note for Free File Recovery Program" or whichever best suites to the article theme.

You should also include some professional software's too such as "Stellar Phoenix Partition Recovery" or "Recover My Files" which has quite enough authority in providing powerful recovery software with proven track record. Most special thing about them is, provides various method for advanced recovery or RAW recovery to scan sector by sector to find all the traces of deleted files.

Hope you find it useful and soon update this hub. I'd glad to see all the said points inside this hub. I'll be there to help you if you got stuck anywhere.

Good Luck with reediting your hub.

John Paolo Magdaluyo (author) from Philippine on June 24, 2013:


- Why thank you, glad you find it nice.


- Yes, I am aware of that, actually, I should have included it on my hub, or article, but I wasn't so sure how to put it up or establish the discussion since I wasn't so knowledgeable in the field. I guess, I'll be updating it later on when I'll have some free time and if you can give more advice since, I think you are one knowledgeable. :-) thanks for dropping by. Looking forward to more enhance my hub and to assist others with same problem when it comes to file recovery.

Abhay Jeet Mishra from NJ, USA on June 23, 2013:

Although, the method was indeed great, you've to be bit more cautious against recovering deleted files like stop using the drive immediately after deletion or avoid freeware as it won't treat your confidential data efficiently and might overwrite it.

Check out my hub on hard drive failure prevention:

athurion on June 23, 2013:

Nice article

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