While data loss is fully avoidable, it can still occur out of the blue, even when you have taken all necessary precautions. For one, you may lose your laptop or hard drive containing some of your files, or you may also mistakenly delete some files. Worst still, you may be hacked and have some critical data deleted by the hacker.
Fortunately, in most cases, there are ways in which you can recover lost data without involving a computer technician. But before we even get there, there are things that you need to do to help you successfully recover your data.
Useful Tips for Data Recovery
The first and very obvious thing to do to protect your data is to back up your most important files using Windows Backup, Microsoft OneDrive or Google Drive. This way, you can always recover it at the click of a button without doing a computer restore. If you’re using Windows 10, you can create a OneDrive account using your Microsoft credentials and select automatic backup and all your files will be saved in the cloud anytime you connect to the internet.
Most importantly, stop using your computer immediately you realize that you’ve lost some data. This is because when you delete a file, intentionally or mistakenly, Windows hides its directory and re-allocates the space to other programs. The hidden data is only removed when its space is occupied by new data, which is why you should stop running any programs or creating new files until you recovered it.
Ways to Recover Deleted Files
The following are three simple methods of recovering lost data without necessarily hiring a computer technician.
a) From Recycle Bin
In normal circumstances, the files you delete temporarily go to the Recycle Bin, where they stay until you empty it, or are replaced by new files. For recovery, open the Recycle Bin, look for the files you want to recover then right-click on it and select “Restore” and it will be retrieved.
b) Using Data Recovery Software
If you can’t find your data in the Recycle Bin or in the cloud backup, you can employ the use of a data restore software. These are especially helpful in situations involving deleted data, formats, system crashes, raw error and virus attacks. Data recovery software retrieve lost files through the use of dynamic algorithms that thoroughly scan your storage units to look for traces of your lost files, specifically in the Deleted Files folder, which is not easily visible without the software. Examples of data recovery software commonly used by computer technician include EasyUS and Disk Drill.
c) Restore Previous Versions
Windows also offer a way to recover lost data by restoring a previous version of a deleted file or folder. This option mostly applies when some of your programs start acting up and losing data, or in case a bug found its way in during an update and affected the newly saved files. To use this method, go to File Explorer, look for the file or folder you wish to retrieve, right-click on it and select the “Restore Previous Versions” option then click “Restore” on the next menu that pops up. Notably, this method is not as effective as the other two, and won’t work if, for instance, you don’t have prior versions of your file or folder on the computer.
We hope this guide is helpful to you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if these recovery methods didn’t work. We can help you to recover your lost computer files quickly. Just give us a call on 1300 857 575.