Q: I have accidentally deleted one or more files, can I get data back?
A: If you deleted or lost files, immediately STOP doing any change (rewrite/format/delete) to the partition where the files were deleted!
Successful recovery of deleted files depends on certain factors:
- Intact File system
- No Fragmentation after files deleted
-The availability of data (if it is overwritten already)
When a file is deleted its actual contents remain intact initially. However, in the partition's book-keeping of clusters in use by the file, these clusters are marked as free for use. The deleted file's filename is modified so the deleted file no longer appears in the directory list. As it is no longer known exactly what clusters 'belonged' to the deleted file, the successful recovery of files that were not stored in consecutive clusters is uncertain. If fragmentation rate is high, the chances of a successful recovery will become lower.
Whatever tool you use to undelete files, do NOT copy/install the tool to the partition where the files were deleted, and do not save the recovered files to the same drive where you recover files!
Data Recovery Wizard can recover deleted or lost files. Please see How to Recover Deleted File(s) and Folder(s)?
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