How to use Disk Dig­ger

Tech Advisor - - How To: Recover Accidentally Deleted Files -

Down­load Disk Dig­ger (diskdig­ger.org). You don’t need to in­stall it – just ex­tract the con­tents of the .zip ar­chive and run the .exe file. Re­mem­ber that if you’ve al­ready ac­ci­den­tally deleted some files, you shouldn’t down­load DiskDig­ger to the disk con­tain­ing your lost files as it could over­write your files and make it im­pos­si­ble to re­cover them. Ide­ally, down­load it be­fore you ac­tu­ally need it.

Start DiskDig­ger. The open­ing screen shows all the disks, so se­lect the one con­tain­ing your deleted files and click on ‘Next’ three times. The disk will now be scanned and any deleted files will be listed – this could take some time. If your miss­ing files are listed, con­tinue to the next step. If not you could try al­ter­ing some of the op­tions in the ear­lier screens.

DiskDig­ger won’t be able to show cor­rect file­names so, to help iden­tify lost files, a pre­view op­tion is pro­vided. Se­lect a file in the list at the left and choose ei­ther the ‘Pre­view’ (for photos) or the ‘First few bytes’ tag. Also use­ful for pho­to­graphs is the ‘Thumb­nail’ op­tion in the ‘View’ menu which will show small im­ages in the list.

When you’ve iden­ti­fied your lost file(s) se­lect them in the list at the left and click on ‘Re­cover se­lected files…’. Next, se­lect the de­vice and folder where you want your files to be re­stored to (this must not be on the same phys­i­cal drive as the lost file) and click on OK. The miss­ing file(s) will be saved with au­to­mat­i­cally gen­er­ated file­names, so you’ll need to re­name them to their orig­i­nal names or some­thing mean­ing­ful.

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