Losing precious family pictures or important work
documents might be the last thing a computer user wants to
experience. Unfortunately it happens all the time! Backing up your
data periodically is the best way to prevent the disaster taking
place. But if you happen to be the unlucky guy that do not do
backups, here's some useful information that may help you out.
Chances of Recovery
Even if you've emptied your Recycle Bin, it does not mean that your
data is gone forever. In fact it is still there in your hard disk
while the space it occupies is now marked as "available", which
means it can be reused by other files anytime. Therefore, the No.1
rule after you lose your files is not to write data on that disk any
more. By doing so, it will largely increase the possibility of
The chances of recovery also depend on how full your hard drive is.
Windows tends to avoid reusing the space just been freed to give you
a better chance to recover the deleted files. But if your hard drive
is full, the free space can be reused soon by other files.
Disk Defragmentation can severely damage the chances of a successful
recovery. During defragmentation, existing files will be moved to
the free space left by deleted files in order to reduce disk
fragments, making it much less likely for you to recover the data.
How to recover deleted files
If your files are still in Recycle Bin, you can just use "Restore"
option provided by Windows to move them back to the original
location. If unfortunately they have been permanently deleted, you
have to get a data recovery tool to help you with the job because
such tool is not provided as standard in any operating system.
WinASO Registry Optimizer has just included a free data recovery
tool in its latest release V You can
download it now to check
out this new feature.
The steps of recovery are quite simple.
1. Scan the drive which contains your deleted files.
2. When the scan is completed, go to the folder where the files were
stored before being deleted, locate the files, select and click on
"Recover". The "State" column tells you the current condition of the
file (i.e., whether it has been damaged or not). If it says "Very
good", it is most likely that the file can be successfully