We've all done it; it's easy to accidentally delete, overwrite or generally misplace important files. So it's a good thing that there are ways and means to bring back your precious data.
1. If you’ve done something more serious than empty the Recycle Bin, such as repartitioning or reformatting a drive, try not to make any further changes to the drive. Run a program such as Recover My Files (recovermyfiles.com) from a USB drive.
2. On launching Recover My Files, two screens will open: the main file-recovery screen and a search wizard. Select Complete File Search – so that the program looks for ‘lost’ files as well as deleted ones – then click Next. On the following screen, select the drive or drives you want to search. Click Next.
3. Specify the file types you want to search for. You can select individual file types, whole categories – graphics, documents or multimedia files, for example – or all files by ticking the appropriate boxes. It’s best to limit the search to specific file types; otherwise it’ll take an age to complete. Select the types you want and click Start.
4. The search process may take from a few seconds up to an hour, depending on the size of the drive and how many file types you’ve selected. Switch the file display to full-screen to give you more room. The discovered files are labelled Very Good, Poor or Overwritten, indicating their chances of recovery.