Restore Deleted Items From a Hard Drive

Posted on 15 January 2010

Losing an important document that you have painstakingly worked on and stored on your computer can be a disaster situation. When you discover files somehow have been deleted from your hard drive. Whether it happened by accident, or because of a virus or mal ware infection, hopefully, your deleted items still exist on your system. A variety of recovery software are available that can scan your system to locate your deleted items for Macintosh and PC platforms. Most Windows operating systems also are equipped with built-in recovery tools.


It is best if you do not turn your system off, or restart your computer, before running this software. Otherwise your missing documents and deleted items may no longer be stored in your recent documents cache, making it that much more difficult to find your deleted items.
Follow these steps to restore deleted items from a hard drive.

Things You’ll Need:

· Undelete or recovery software

· Anti-virus program

· Mal ware detection software


Make a list of all the items that have been deleted from your pc along their file name and size and the date it was created.

When a file is deleted from your computer, its contents aren’t immediately destroyed. Windows simply marks the hard drive space as being available for use. If you manage to start an un deletion process before Windows uses that part of the hard drive to write a new file, all you have to do is set that flag back to “on,” and you get the file.

Look in your Trash/Recycling Bin for items that may have been discarded accidentally.

Transfer any deleted files back to the hard drive by right-clicking on the item and selecting “Restore.” Items are automatically returned to their previous location

Locate missing or deleted items by using your computer’s “Search” functions, including the search box, file list headings or the search folder. Make sure that your lost document is not hiding, possibly partly obscured by another icon.

Use an undelete utility and there’s a good chance you can resurrect the file yet again for its third go at life. Use the software designed for your particular operating system and these software are easy to install, user-friendly and can restore a wide range of files.

Run anti-virus and malware detection software on your hard drive to assure your computer is infection-free.

Defragment your hard drive once all the deleted items have been restored.

Tips & Warnings

· Do not restore items if they were deleted because of a virus or malicious malware.

· Regularly update anti-virus, malware detection and file recovery software.

· the sooner you try to restore a file, the more successful you’ll be

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One Response to “Restore Deleted Items From a Hard Drive”

  1. jane says:

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