Recover Deleted Files in Windows for Free

Have you ever deleted a file that you did not wish to and wanted to recover it but did not find it in the Recycle Bin? You probably deleted it permanently with Shift+Delete or emptied the Recycle Bin. Now what? Don't worry, you may still have a chance to get it back. This article lists a free software that can recover deleted files from your hard drive or any other storage device instantly.

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How does data recovery software undelete deleted files?
When files are deleted, Windows does not delete them from your hard disk. It marks the storage space as empty for new data to be written and deletes the index entry that tells the location of those files. Unless new files are written on that space, the deleted files are still recoverable. That's what allows data recovery software to recover deleted files.


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Recuva offers a wizard based interface to undelete files. Recuva offers scanning either all deleted files or files based on their type (music, pictures, videos etc.). It allows deep scanning in case a file you deleted is unrecoverable via normal scan. Recuva also offers securely deleting files.

Recuva supports recovery from all types of storage devices including hard drives, memory sticks, digital camera cards and MP3 players. It supports undeleting all types of files including pictures, songs, movies, compressed files and documents from both FAT and NTFS formatted drives. Recuva works on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and Windows XP.

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Some important tips to increase the chances of getting your deleted files back:-

1) When a file is deleted accidentally on a storage device, make sure that you don't do anything on it as doing that would increase the chances of new data being written over your deleted files; which would make file recovery impossible.

2) If you have deleted files on your main computer (the one you are using right now), do not browse the internet, download new software or shut it down. Keep it running and go to another computer, download Recuva from the link mentioned above and install it on a flash drive. Then plugin the flash drive in your current system and perform file recovery. Regardless of whether you accidentally delete files a lot or not, make sure to always have this software in your flash drive in case you accidentally delete important files.

3) There are many free software available to undelete files. If one software fails to recover your deleted file, it does not mean that another one wouldn't recover it too.

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