Accidental deletion of files is one of the most common incidents in the techie part of our lives. You delete a file at a moment, and at the second thought you realize the blunder. Just imagine the absence of a recycle-bin on a computer! If it were not there, we would slap ourselves for deleting a wrong file mistakenly.
I faced the stark reality yesterday when, in a fit of freeing some memory on one of my computer drives, I deleted a folder with 5 GB data files consisting of PSDs, images, plugins and applications. This directory contained all the jewels that I collected over the years and used daily. As you know, all files below one GB are sent to the Recylebin but when you delete a bigger file, it is permanently deleted the very moment you opt “Yes”. I knew that the 5 GB directory had been deleted permanently but utter desperation made me ransack it.
Now all could I do was to cry or to google. I opted the latter and found a very easy free tool that gave me a second life, at least I felt so. So here I am to share it with you all with the hope that it might help you recover your deleted files, of course, the bigger files that do greater damage. Below, you will see how you can restore the files that you deleted unknowingly or mistakenly on your Windows PC and Android phone.
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To restore a deleted file on you computer, your first destination should be the your computer’s recycle bin to see if your file is still waiting there. If so, you can right-click the file and choose the “Restore” option. If that does not help, you can try to navigate back to the folder where the file originally was. Right-click on that folder and, if available, select “Restore previous versions”. You may be able to go back in time and bring back the contents of that folder from a previous date.
This method will work only if you deleted one or more files or sub-folders from inside a folder. But if you deleted a folder with GBs of size, you should try the following method.
Here are are few free tools that are capable of doing that magical job of restoring permanently deleted files. Remember, whenever you delete a file and realize your mistake, make less use of your computer otherwise the free space created by the removal will be filled and the chances of recovering the deleted files will grow less. So the first step in recovering a deleted file is to make sure you don’t save or download anything else. It’s likely still tucked away somewhere deep in that hard drive. The tool I used in my case is called “Restoration”. All you need to do is to launch the application on your PC, select the Drive where it existed and type the name of the file or directory that you want to restore.
Of course, there are some other tools too but the easiest of them are below. Whatever program you download, do not forget to run it as Administrator on your Windows computer.
Wondershare Dr. Phone (iPhone & Android)
If you want to recover your deleted files on your memory card, put the card in a memory card reader, open data recovery tool and select the drive that shows the memory card. In case your memory card is not recognized for some reason, make sure that it is formatted as FAT32, NTFS or similar file system. To solve this issue, copy the files of your card to your computer, format it as FAT32 and then copy the files of the card back to it. You should then be able to use the recovery tool.
If you are fond of capturing photos with your Android phone’s camera and keep them on your device all the time, we strongly recommend you to backup those images to your computer or any other external storage. Saving the photos on your phone’s internal SD card storage might put your sweet memories in a risky situation anytime and you can lose them.
Suppose your device is caught in a bootloop or you formatted the device without backing up the images, you will lose them. If you have accidently deleted your image files and wish to get them back, you can use a tool for Windows called Android Photo Recovery too.
Download: Android Photo Recovery
Install this program and run it as administrator. Put your memory card in a Card Reader and plug it to your computer. Refresh to see the new drive that shows your memory card. Select it and click on Start button to scan the recoverable images. Select the image thumbnails and click on Recover.
When it comes to restoring accidently deleted image, music, apk, and video files on your Android phone, there are any apps to help you with this. Dumpster is one that such app that acts like a recyclebin on your Android phones. It can recover all deleted files on your phone very easily, but it does so only when the file is deleted when the app is installed on your device. It uses a your phone’s storage to keep the deleted files. The app gives you the ability to change your mind in case you accidentally delete the wrong file. Dumpster will not help you if you install the app after deleting a file.
Dumpster can restore such files as pdf, mp3, doc, avi, jpg, txt, etc. It’s a single tap file restoration app that also previews deleted pictures before recovering. Though the app page at the Play Store says it does not require root, when I ran it on my phone, it demanded root access. But that does not mar the usability of the app anyway.
It’s really a nice thing that we have such tools that can restore deleted apps, images, videos, PDFs, etc. on our computers as well as on our phones, but you should always try to make sure that such situation does not come. By being a little careful, and creating timely/scheduled backups, you can easily avoid this. Here are a few free backup apps that can backup your apps, games, contacts, messages, call-logs, settings, bookmarks, calendar entries and so on.