I've accidentally deleted some really important files on my machine, and I'm looking to find out how to recover them. Using the Trash bins "restore" isn't an option, as the files aren't there (mostly likely I wasn't paying attention and permanently deleted them from there). Is there any way that I can un-delete these files?
Before you go any further you should follow these guidelines when "un-deleting" or recovering lost files:
There are plenty of options out there that you can use, however a very simple one is Recuva from pirifom:
They even have a easy to use wizards for the non-Super User:
R-Studio is something I have used in the past. Not sure if there is a free version.
You should stop writing data onto that drive, then try some of the famed recovery tools. You can even recover files from a formatted hard drive. Don't worry.
When you recover the files don't put them onto the same drive. That is, if you lost your data on the C: drive then the destination of the recovered files should be D:, E: or anything apart from C: to avoid data loss.
Remember not to write any new data onto it as soon as you have accidentally deleted your files in order to increase the chances of success.
protected by Ivo Flipse♦ Jul 16 '12 at 15:30
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