Un­delete them

Tech Advisor - - How To: Retrieve Trashed Windows Documents -

It’s easy to in­ad­ver­tently delete a doc­u­ment, but the chances of get­ting it back are high if you act quickly. First, look in the Win­dows Re­cy­cle Bin. Your doc­u­ment is likely to be in this tem­po­rary folder un­less you’re in the habit of press­ing Shift-Delete, in which case it by­passes the Re­cy­cle Bin and gets ‘prop­erly’ deleted. How­ever, it doesn’t get erased from your hard drive: Win­dows merely ‘for­gets’ where the file is and that disk space can then be over­writ­ten.

It’s at this point you should try an file re­cov­ery util­ity. There are many free op­tions, but a pop­u­lar one is Re­cuva (tinyurl.com/ kw6g2u8), which comes in both in­stal­lable and ‘por­ta­ble’ ver­sions. This is im­por­tant as you don’t want to down­load or in­stall a util­ity on the com­puter on which your deleted file re­sides as the new pro­gram might over­write it.

In­stead, in­stall the por­ta­ble ver­sion of Re­cuva onto a handy USB flash drive (us­ing a dif­fer­ent com­puter to down­load it) and then run it on the com­puter where your file has been deleted. As long as it hasn’t been over­writ­ten you should be able to re­cover the doc­u­ment, al­though it may be miss­ing its file name.

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