In this section I will try to address the situation where our files, pictures, documents and even emails  are accidentally erased or formated from the PC hard disk.

As usual. There are things to be done, so don’t lose faith!

How to recover deleted files

First, relax!
And I am not saying that because I am concerned about your health. The first things you do minutes after you realized that your file(s) just deleted – may determine if they are lost forever or can be recovered.


  • Don’t download anything from the internet (yes, a big conflict here. After all you are searching for a quick solution on the web…)
  • Don’t copy files into your PC
  • Don’t move files from one folder into another
  • Don’t play streaming video nor audio
  • Don’t run an antivirus or any other service at the background
  • Don’t update Windows nor upgrade anything.

Stay still!

Why stay still?

It becomes a bit technical but bear with me because it is important.

When you instruct your operating system to delete a file or a folder, it is doing a kind of a trick. In order to save time, the operating system do not really erase your files. Erasing every bit of your saved file may take long time and may be very annoying (from a user experience point of view). So the operating system only mark the file as “deleted” and from there on allow itself to save new data in the same location where your deleted file used to be.

Now do you understand why staying still is the right approach?

If you ask your operating system to save a new file or store new data – it may save the new data on your deleted file location and your deleted file will be lost forever…

Compare software solutions for file recovery

A good software solution is able to track these “marked as deleted” files, make sure that the data is not lost (see previous section) – and “unmark” the file so it will be visible and accessible once again.

Note – Due to the “stay still” guideline, it is better to download the software solutions on a separate PC and install it on a separate logical drive of your PC hard disk (for instance – if your deleted file was on the [C:] drive, install the software on [D:] )

See below a list of common solutions and whats my opinion on them.

The solutionMy notesLink to product (opens in a new page)
This is just a tip...
In case your data is on a scratched CD disk, try a spreading a thin layer of toothpaste (no kidding!). In some cases it helps!!
Colgate... :)
This one is also for data recovery from a scratched or damaged CDs. It skips the damaged sections and assembles the healthy sections of the damaged data on CD and try to recover as much files as possible.CD recovery toolbox (FREE)
I like this one because it do not require installation. So as mentioned earlier - better download it on a different PC, copy into a flash drive and run it laer on from this flash drive.Restoration. By SnapFiles. (FREE)
If you are Ok with investing some money, this is a full, easy to use solution for data recovery packed into a neat product. Wondershare Data Recovery Kit
This is not a mistake. This is the same product as above, distributed by a different brand name. Check which one is cheaper and buy it there.. Spotmau Data Recovery Kit

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