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CCleaner, short for Crap Cleaner, is developed by Piriform, which serves users as a utility tool to clean unwanted or useless data including temporary internet files and even files in the recycle bin. And this program soon got hot when it was first released.
When CCleaner deletes your valuable files by mistake, don't worry. Follow this page, you'll learn how to recover CCleaner deleted files and useful tips to protect data.
CCleaner deleted my files
"Hey, guys. Do you have any ideas on how to recover data cleaned by CCleaner? Yesterday, I got a warning notice from my computer, telling me that the drive is not available for storing more data. Then, I used CCleaner to delete some files and folders and wipe out all those deleted files and data from the recycle bin. And the problem started.
I was about to email and send an important file to my colleague. The file disappeared together with some other important data. And nothing showed up in the Recycle Bin as I had emptied it. What can I do to recover data cleaned by CCleaner? I need help."
What to do when CCleaner cleaned your computer volume or deleted files on your computer?
Stop using the software and your computer or storage devices first. Then find a professional EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to perform CCleaner file recovery immediately.
Tips for recovering files deleted by CCleaner
Is it possible to get data back after using CCleaner? Can inexperienced users recover data cleaned by this software? Sure! Here are some tips for you to follow and increase the chances of data recovery after using CCleaner:
# 1. Change settings in CCleaner
According to CCeanler website, to increase the chances of file recovery, you should avoid using the below settings in CCleaner:
- 1. Secure Deletion (Don't use 7 or 35 passes)
- 2. Wipe free space on drives
- 3. Wipe the MFT free space
- The fewer passes in the secure deletion settings, the better chance you'll have for data recovery.
- Once you noticed valuable files get deleted by CCleaner, stop the cleaning process immediately and don't use your storage device.
# 2. Download professional data recovery software for help
Professional data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is able to recover partial data from an unfinished cleaning process and files deleted by secure deletion with pass 1 or 3 passes settings in CCleaner.
It enables users to recover whatever they lost on their computer and other storage devices.
Recover data cleaned by CCleaner with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard entitles great users with powerful capacities in dealing with different troublesome data loss cases. Now, you can apply this software to recover your lost data cleaned by CCleaner by following the 3 steps below:
Step 1. Launch EaseUS file recovery software on your Windows computer. Choose the exact location where you lost the files and click the "Scan" button.
Step 2. The software will immediately start scanning the drive, and the deleted files will be displayed soon. If you find the files you need during the scan, you can stop the scan. In order to find the target file quickly, you can use the file format filter.
Step 3. Select files, such as Word, Excel, PDF, photos, videos, or emails and click the "Recover" button. You can browse for a different location to keep the recovered files.
Important: tips to protect data from CCleaner deletion
Besides offering a solution for data recovery, we'd also like to offer you some useful tips to protect your data from being deleted by CCleaner.
# 1. Create a regular backup of valuable data
Whenever you deleted or lost data due to deletion, formatting or other various reasons, data backup is always a lifesaver. Therefore, do remember to create a regular backup of valuable data on your computer or external storage devices.
EaseUS Todo Backup Free, with its File Backup, Disk/Partition Backup features, enables you to directly back up all files at one time in only 3 steps. You can't really miss it! Here are the steps:
Step 1. Start with selecting the backup contents.
Step 2. There are four backup categories, File, Disk, OS, and Mail, click Disk.
Step 3. It is available to back up a whole disk or a certain partition. Choose the one you need and click OK.
Step 4. Select the destination where you want to save the backup.
Step 5. For disk/partition backup, you can choose to save the backup to local drive or to NAS.
Step 6. After the backup process is completed, your task will be displayed at the left. Right-click any one of the task, you can further manage your backup such as recover it, create incremental backup, etc.
# 2. Don't use CCleaner with its default settings
When you run CCleaner with its default settings, the chance of file recovery will be minimized. To increase the chance, change its default settings as recommended above.
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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and loves various electronic products.
Written by Tracy King
Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.
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