Recovering Deleted Documents
What do you do if you or someone else has deleted your recent work? The first place to look for a deleted document is Windows Recycle Bin. But what if the file is not there? What if the Recycle Bin is completely disabled or emptied just before you catch up?
Donít panic! You can still recover your recent work if you use proper tools.
Now, stop! Donít go any further until you read this: do not use the hard disk, and, if possible, the computer that holds the deleted documents! I mean, donít touch anything and donít do anything at all if possible. Use a different PC, a separate hard drive, a memory card or USB flash drive to download and install the deleted document recovery tool youíre about to use. Donít reboot or turn off the PC, as that can damage your deleted documents. Donít browse the Internet, as temporary Internet files can overwrite your work. In a word: donít touch it!
Before you begin, thereís a little theory to go about the deleted files. While this information is not an absolute necessity for recovering deleted documents, and you may simply skip to the next section if youíre in a hurry, it is always good to know whatís happening under the hood.
Why are you able you recover deleted documents?
Knowing exactly how Windows treats the deletion will help you better understand the process of recovering deleted documents and maximize your chances of a successful recovery.
When you delete a document, it is not getting erased off the hard drive completely. Instead, space occupied by that file is marked as being available, increasing the free space on your hard drive. This has nothing to do with the contents of the file! The deleted document is still there, on your hard drive, ready to be recovered if you claim that Ďavailableí space to belong to the original file.
There are numerous tools on the market, including a handful of free ones, which do exactly that: scan the file system for file names marked as Ďdeletedí, and cancel the deletion. While this approach can save the recently deleted documents, it wonít help you at all if there are complications. If Windows writes anything onto the space on the hard disk that belongs to the deleted file, the simple and dirty undeletion trick wonít do any good. Instead, youíll get data corruption, and will have to run the much more complex disk recovery process that youíve initially planned to.
So, stay away from the untested free stuff. You know where the Ďfreeí belongs to.
Designed to be completely accessible and easily usable, Undelete Wizard features a convenient, step-by-step user interface that makes file recovery extremely simple.
How do you do it right?
Use a commercial data recovery product to undelete documents. While there are plenty of available alternatives, Undelete Wizard provides a good combination of sophisticated technology and the necessary user friendliness. The step-by-step wizard greets you when you launch the program, allowing you to recover the deleted documents without the slightest risk of destroying your hard disk.
Donít be late! The sooner you attempt to undelete a document, the more success you'll get. Every moment you spend waiting, Windows writes something on your hard disk. Temporary Internet files, scheduled defragmentation jobs, automatic hibernation or shutdown, backups of MSN Messenger databases, system restore points, incoming email, ICQ conversation logs and many more disk activities happen in background without your conscious knowledge. While they are all legitimate system and application activities, each disk write reduces your chances of getting your work back. Act now! Download and run Undelete Wizard immediately while itís not too late!