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Step-by-Step to recovering your deleted data in Windows
Posted by Andre V. on 03 April 2011 01:49 PM

Ok, your deleted data is not in your recycle bin. Or it's been deleted weeks ago. Eitherway you want it back, right!

There's 2 utilities we recommend on the CD. Reason there's 2 is because it maximizes your chances of finding your data if another doesn't find anything.

If neither finds your data, then sorry to say — your data recovery is impossible because it's been overwritten too many times by files that were written to the disk AFTER your data got deleted. And at this point, no software on the planet will get your data back.

Also, sometimes software will restore your deleted data, but when you access it — it won't open. This is because if a file is even 0.01% damaged (couldn't be restored in it's entirety), then it's as useless as not finding the data at all.

So it really is a 50/50 chance with data recovery.

Tool 1:

Launch CD in Windows -> Data Recovery -> 1st tool.

When software launches, click on the drive with deleted data.

Choose "Simple".

Wait couple of minutes as it scans your drive (external/internal hard-drive, USB flash drive, Memory Stick, SD Card, Etc...)

When it's completed, browse to the folder where your deleted folder/files were originally stored. You should see it there. Then right-click and save it to a different drive. (DO NOT EVER restore to same drive else you'll corrupt the deleted data for good!)

If it doesn't find anything, then...

Browse to folder "!!! EXTRA DELETED !!!" on top. Browse to each of it's subfolders until you find your data.

If you don't remember where the files/folders were, then do a search. And choose to only search for delete files.

If it still doesn't find anything, then...

Don't do the "Advanced" yet, because that'll take at least overnight. So first, go to...

Tool 2:

Launch CD in Windows -> Data Recovery -> Last tool at bottom.

Choose FAT if it's: USB Flash Drive, SD Card (cameras/camcorders), Memory Stick, MP3 Players

Choose NTFS if it's: External or Internal Hard-Drive, SSD Hard Drive

When software launches, choose last option.

Click on the drive with deleted data.

Click "Next" (no need to change any options).

Keep clicking "Next" until it starts scanning your drive.

When finished, it'll present you with your deleted files that'll be crossed out like this. That means they are available for restoration. When you found your deleted files/folders, right-click and choose "Copy". Then save it to a different drive. (DO NOT EVER restore to same drive else you'll corrupt the deleted data for good!)

If it doesn't find anything, then...

Go back to Tool 1.

Do an "Advanced Scan". This will take several hours.

If this doesn't find anything, then data recovery is impossible.

Eitherway, good luck.

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