Computer File Recovery Tips

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.5.X and above (including Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Leopard, Snow Leopard and Lion)

Tips to recover computer files easily


Hard drives are widely used as a primary storage device to store a large number of files including different Operating System like Mac and Windows OS. Windows primarily support FAT and NTFS file system whereas Mac supports HFS+ and HFSX file system. Mac OS also has read-only access to NTFS partitions. Data loss due to accidental deletion is a common problem in both Mac and Windows Operating System. Some of the people think that when they delete a file using Shift+Del or Command+Delete key combinations or command prompt, they are permanently deleted because they don’t find deleted files in the Recycle Bin or Trash. But this is not true, they are still present on the hard drive until new files are stored on that drive.

Suppose you have deleted a file called xyz.doc from the hard drive. When a file named xyz.doc is deleted, the file system simply renames that specific file as αy.doc and this file cannot be recognized by the Window OS as a result of that file become inaccessible. Actually, the file system allocates the allocation information of that specific file to zero that informs the OS that space is available to store new files.

Additionally, data loss can also occur due to other common reasons in both Windows and Mac such as,

  • File system corruption
  • Accidental format or reformat of the hard drive
  • Malware, spyware or virus attacks
  • Accidentally clicking on “Empty the Trash or Recycle Bin” option
  • Catalog and Journal file corruption
  • Accidental conversion of the dynamic disk to a basic disk
  • Volume header corruption
  • Accidental deletion of the partitions or volumes using third-party partitioning tools

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Precautions that are to be taken to avoid loss of files

Backup: Backup is the best way to avoid loss of the files due to any complex data loss scenarios. If you have already taken backup of the entire hard drive then you can easily restore the files that are accidentally deleted or lost from the hard drive

Usage of effective antivirus programs: Viruses are the harmful programs that destroy files stored on the hard drive. Generally, viruses spread during data transfer from an already infected computer. Therefore, use updated antivirus programs that remove viruses before transferring files to the uninfected computers. Always, scan the external drives like pen drives, memory cards for viruses before initiating the data transfer process

Recheck while deleting the files: Always, check twice while deleting files using Shift+Del keys in Windows, Command+Delete keys in Mac and Windows Command prompt. Because the files that are deleted using Shift+Del or Command+Delete keys bypass the Recycle Bin or Trash that cannot be restored back later from the Recycle Bin or Trash

Precautions that are to be taken after data loss

Stop using the drive: If you have already lost the files from the hard drive then avoid using the drive. Because saving or copying new files over that storage location may overwrite the old files that already exist in that specific space resulting in a permanent loss

Don’t install the recovery software on the same hard drive:  If you are planning to use any file recovery tool then do not install it on the hard drive from where you want to recover accidentally deleted or lost files. Because it may overwrite the old files resulting in permanent loss of files

Tips to recover accidentally deleted or lost the data

  • Make use of relevant computer file restoration tool and make sure that it is read-only software
  • Always use the demo version of the file recovery software in order to evaluate the recovery results
  • After file recovery, save the recovered files on the healthy drive i.e. don’t save the recovered files on the same corrupted drive from where you have lost the files
  • If your entire hard drive is corrupted and not able to boot then install the reliable file recovery tool on other computer and connect corrupted or affected hard drive as a secondary storage device to the computer where you have installed file recovery software

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Computer file recovery software for Windows is read-only software that can restore up to 300 different files by performing a signature search. This software can also restore deleted, lost or inaccessible partitions and retrieve the files from those partitions easily. This professional tool also has the ability to recover Compact Flash card files that are lost or deleted due to logical errors like file system corruption, accidental format, improper data transfer and malware attacks. Moreover, it can easily restore files from the computer hard disk. Computer file recovery can be done on FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT and NTFS5 formatted partitions of the hard drive. This software can restore program for Recycle Bin can retrieve files that are permanently deleted or emptied from the Windows Recycle Bin. Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 Operating Systems are supported by this software.

Mac computer file undeleting utility is specially designed to restore files that are deleted or lost from the Mac hard drives. This software supports file recovery on HFSX, HFS+, FAT32 and FAT16 volumes. The software has special built-in algorithms that can find the lost or missing volumes and then recovers the files from those volumes. Accidentally formatted or reformatted volumes can also be restored by using this tool. Mac OS X 10.5.x and above version of Mac OS are supported by this software. In addition to this, this is one of the best computers Recycle Bin files retrieval tool which can effectively restore Recycle Bin files with utmost ease.

Steps to restore deleted or lost files from the hard drive using Computer File Recovery Software

Step 1: Download and install Computer File Recovery Software

Step 2: Launch the software. Select “Recover Files” option. In the list of drive partitions, choose the one from which the files are to be restored. To begin recovery, click on the Scan button.

Windows File Recovery - Select Recovery Mode

Step 3: The programs deep scans and searches for the files that are been deleted or lost.

Windows File Recovery - Select Drive

Step 4: Scanned results appear on a new window. View them using Data View or File Type View.

Windows File Recovery - File Type View Recovered Files

Step 5: Preview recovered file items to estimate the recovery results

Windows File Recovery - Preview Recovered Files

Step 6: Choose a path to save the recovered data and finally hit on the Save button.

Windows File Recovery - Save Recovered Files

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008