Data Recovery Tips
On this page we offer some data recovery tips and information that you may find useful, even if you haven’t face data loss yet. Generally, there are 2 causes for data loss: accidental deletion and hard drive failure The data file recovery tips below refer to accidental delition of files by shift-deleting, emptying the recycle bin, disk format, reinstalling the system, software failure.
Here you can find the full list of do-nots for successfull data file recovery.
Data Recovery Tips: Incidental Deletion Case.
At this point the most important thing is to prevent overwriting deleted files by new data, because deleted files are not physically erased.
To do so, avoid using the disk with the lost data, namely: * Don’t copy new files or install any programs to that disk * Don’t restart your computer, try not to perform as little actions on your system as you can. * Avoid starting or using any unnecessary software. * Avoid browsing the Internet because browsers save cache to your disk * Don’t defrag your hard drive * Don’t try to use standard Windows features, such as System Restore, to recover your files. That won’t work.
Now prepare the disk for the recovery procedure. The more free space you have, the better. Clean the browser cache and the recycle bin. Make sure you don’t delete anything useful from the recycle bin, but don’t try to restore files from the bin! Review the disk content and delete old and unnecessary files or temporarily move some files to another storage device.
To restore deleted files you’ll need special recovery software.
- You are not recommended to install recovery software on the disk with the lost data, do it only if no other options are available and you have much free space on the disk!
As a rule, a recovery program will offer you to select the disk from which it will restore files, then it will scan the disk for recoverable files and display the list of files to you. After that, you need to select the files you want to restore and location to save the retrieved files to.
- Save recovered files to another disk to eliminate the risk of overwriting other deleted files that remain on the hard drive!
- Don’t forget to check the recovered data: pictures, programs, documents. Sometimes the files may be partially overwritten. In this case, documents may contain wrong information and programs won’t run properly. However, special software can reconstruct partially overwritten files, though much depends on the file type and damage amount.
Generally, data file recovery techniques depend on the failure type.
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Always check the recovered data! If recovered files were partially overwritten, there are chances to reconstruct them if you react immediately.