Did you know that when you delete a file from Windows (and empty the Recycle Bin) there is a chance you can recover the file, if need be? When Windows visually removes a file, that is no longer recoverable from the recycle bin, it really does not erase it from the hard drive; instead it removes it from an index that it uses to list and manage the files. The risk (even though the file and/or file fragments are still on the hard drive) is that if the file is not in the index, the space(s) on the hard drive where the deleted file(s) reside can be overwritten. So, if you accidently delete a file, time is of essence to recover that file. The longer you wait, the less likely you will be able to successfully recover the file. Recovery of deleted files on flash drives and media cards (like in your camera) has a higher success rate, than that of your hard drive due to less read/write activity.
If you are looking for a FREE utility to recover deleted files, give Recuva a try. This utility is in ongoing development and is from the same developers (Piriform) of CCleaner, a very popular freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. Piriform’s reputation; AND, dedication to their “FREE” software products, is world renown and widely recognized in the tech community.
Recuva (pronounced “recover”) is a freeware Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and other files that have been deleted by user error from digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!
Recuva will not work all the time. Sometimes Windows has overwritten the area where the file used to be, or sometimes the file is too corrupted to recover.
- Restore lost files
- Thumbdrive, Camera and iPod support
- Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
- Lightning-fast results
- Quick-Start Wizard
- View images before you restore them
- Securing your data – overwriting deleted files
- Deep Scan Option
- Portable Version
- Multi-language Support
- User Community and Documentation
If you are going to install Recuva on your PC it is preferable that you already have it installed on your PC, ready to go, prior to any file recovery operations. Personally, I prefer to use the portable version of Recuva for file recovery operations. (Note: Here are instructions to install Recuva your a flash drive). When attempting to recover any files on a hard drive, I stop running any applications on the PC immediately to prevent the deleted file from being overwritten. I then use the portable version of Recuva from my flash drive to initate the recovery attempt. By running from the flash drive, this ultimately lessens the read/write activity on the hard drive. If you are attempting to recover files from a media card (like in your camera), I usually copy my portable version of Recuva to the hard drive (as a measure to optimize my chances of recovery), then attempt the recovery of files from the media card (like in your camera).