It happens quite so often that we accidentally delete files from the computer that we did not mean to. For this reason, it's highly advisable to create backup of your important files. In the past, we have covered some great backup and restore
tools, which allow you to easily create backups of important files and folders and recover them later in case the original ones get deleted. However, if you're not among those who regularly backup their important data, and have accidentally deleted some critical files, you can use file recovery utility. The file recovery applications are designed to recover deleted files and folders. You may know that whenever you delete a file from a storage device, only the reference to the file's data in File Allocation Table
is deleted, and unless more data is written over it, the content is not erased from the disk. That's the reason why the deleted data can be recovered. Today, we have a file recovery application for Windows called Eassos Recovery,
which provides you with a step by step wizard to recover files, lost partitions, disks and data deleted from the Recycle Bin. Details to follow after the break.
When you delete a file, it goes to the Recycle Bin. To remove it completely from your hard drive, you have to delete it from the Recycle Bin as well. However, even after you have completely removed it from your hard disk, one can easily recover the deleted file using a powerful data recovery utility, such as previously reviewed
Recuva. Although data recovery software come useful in situations where you delete something by mistake, anyone with malicious intentions and the right set of tools can easily recover and access deleted sensitive information from your hard drive. xShredder
is an open source application for Windows that allows you to protect your privacy by overwriting free space as well as shredding confidential files using powerful permanent data removal techniques. The program provides multiple shredding methods including British HMG IS5 Base Line, US Army AR380 19, German VSITR, and Peter Gutmann. Further details after the break.
When you delete files from your computer using the default Windows delete function, they go to the Recycle Bin. To completely remove them from your computer, you either have to empty the recycle bin in order to ensure that they are not consuming the much-needed space on your hard drive, or press Shift + Delete
in the first place, to skip the entire recycle bin process. However, even after being removed from the Recycle Bin, these files can still be recovered using any data recovery program. If working in a sensitive environment, anyone with malicious intentions who has access to your computer can recover the deleted files and use the information against you. Moreover, if you're working with a highly classified data, the effects of harm can even be more adverse. This is where file shredders come in handy. What file shredders do, is they eliminate any chance of recovering the file from your hard drive by completely wiping off the data. They use overwriting techniques for data destruction, so it becomes completely unrecoverable for unintended personnel. Today, we have a file shredding utility for you, simply labelled as TurboShredder
. This is an open source application for Windows that allows you to quickly shred files, leaving them completely unrecoverable.
We last reviewed Disk Drill in 2010
, when the app was still in its infancy and was free. Since then, the Disk Drill
for Mac has added new features and introduced a pro version, in addition to a free one, of their file recovery app. The app isn’t just a recovery app; it also provides file protection for important files, letting you choose specific folders or drives to protect. Among the noteworthy new features is the deep scan algorithm that allows you to recover more files, Guaranteed Recovery, which allows you to undo the file delete action. The app can also search for partitions that you may have lost due to formatting.
In every computer, there are some sensitive files that are not meant for everyone to see. When those files have a purpose to serve, we keep them buried deep inside our hard drives, encrypted and hidden from plain sight, but what to do with them once their use is complete and need to feasible disposal way? Sensitive information always remains sensitive, even if it gets old and you no longer need it. Almost everyone knows that simply deleting a file doesn’t ensure the complete removal of it from the computer; it leaves some traces behind, which can have disastrous effects if wrong people get their hands on it. For example, if you're working in a bank, sensitive information leak such as your clientele's credential, can be the worst possible situation one can imagine. That’s where file shredders come in, to eliminate any chance of file recovery. File shredders completely eliminate the data from your hard drive. Such data can not be used again. I discovered a very neat file shredding tool known as FileWing
. The application not only lets you recover files, but as well as shred them using different file deletion algorithms, such as GOST, DoD (ECE), Bruce Schneider, Peter Gutmann etc. Read on to find out more about FileWing.
Whenever you delete a file from a memory storage device, only the reference to the file data in File Allocation Table
is marked as deleted. Until and unless more data is written over it, the content is not erased from the disk, and it can be recovered by making it visible for file system again. Pandora Recovery
lets you find and recover all types of deleted files from memory storage devices. It provides you with an easy to follow wizard, which guides you through the recovery process. The application scans your memory drives and builds an index of existing and deleted files, which can then be recovered in a user-specified location. You can use search to find a deleted file if you remember full or partial file name, file size, file creation date or last accessed date. Pandora Recovery allows you to preview image and text files before performing recovery.
There are a lot of applications available on the internet to manage and recover Windows Accounts,
but today, we have an application that not only manages your Windows Accounts, but is a complete password manager and retriever. Advanced Password Recovery
is a portable application to manage the operating system's accounts and passwords. It lets you change and remove all user passwords, generate random alphanumeric passwords, encrypt and decrypt any string or text with a password and recover Messenger, Windows, Office, Browsers
connection passwords and keys. In case you don’t remember the password of a User Account
, you can delete and enter a new password for that account using Advanced Password Recovery.
It can be quite frustrating and problematic when you delete your files accidentally. This is often the dilemma of people who are used to the Shift+Delete key for deleting items from the hard drive. Even the habit of clicking yes on prompts many a times leads us to delete files unintentionally by a reflex action. Undelete 360
is an application that recovers deleted items from a computer hard drives, usb, memory card, camera device and pen drives.
Do you have tons of RAR(part of WinRar) archives in your directory and most of them are password protected? If yes, then the common method would be to right-click them and select Extract Each Archive To Separate folder from the context menu. This method will take time since you have to type the password of each and every archive separately, and what if you do not remember the password for most of the archives? Read More
If you are using Windows, there are many 3rd party
tools that can help you recover your files easily. But if you are using Ubuntu, then it can be quite a huge problem. But worry not, since now you can recover your files in Ubuntu too.
Scalpel is one of the best command line tool to recover deleted files in Ubuntu Linux. It can recover almost all types of files. It visits data blocks of files sequentially and identifies deleted files and recovers them instantly. You can install it by running following command in your terminal.
Your Microsoft Office Word 2007/2010 documents or Excel 2007/2010 spreadsheets could get corrupted due to various reasons, two of the most common being data transfer error and hard disk crash. Once your documents get corrupted, it becomes quite difficult to recover them. Try opening a corrupt Microsoft document and you will receive an error that data is corrupt, which does not help us in any way. There are two ways to recover Word and Excel files, the first method is to buy an expensive recovery suite(which I would not recommend), and the second method, is below.
To recover Word 2007 documents we will use Damaged docx2txt
To recover Excel 2007 spreadsheets we will use Corrupt xlsx2csv
Both tools have been developed by S2 Services and are FREE. We will discuss both of them in details below.
Did you just write a long tweet and by mistake deleted it? If you are too lazy to write the tweet again, then Tweleted is for you. In other words, it is a free online service that can help you find lost tweets.
This is how it works, when you delete a tweet, it is actually only deleted from your profile and your followers cant see it too. But it is not removed from Twitter Search. This service uses Twitter API to compare the tweets in your profile and in Twitter Search, and then lists all those tweets that are not in the profile. It’s that simple. Read More
O&O Disk Image
is a tool for Windows Operating System that lets you create an image of your entire computer for backup purpose. This image file can be used later to recover/restore any crashed drive.
When running this tool for the first time it will install a system file, restart your computer and run this tool again. Now click Create An Image and select the destination where you would like to save the Image file.
Note: Do not save the Image file in the local drive, it is recommended to save the Image file in the USB Flash Drive or External Hard Drive.
Below is the screenshot showing the various feature of each button.
What if your Digital Camera memory card gets accidently formatted? Or worse an important office file from your hard disk or USB drive gets deleted. Fret not, since these deleted files are still recoverable. DiskDigger is a free portable app that lets you recover all lost files of any type(image, document, video, data, etc).
Run the executable file and you will see the list of drives detected(both internal and external). Read More
Did you accidently delete a photo from your digital camera, memory card, or hard disk? Maybe you accidently deleted an important file from your computer? In both cases, you can recover any type of lost data with a free windows utility. Recuva is a great little application that recovers all your deleted files with a single click, it even recovers the data that have been deleted from the Recycle Bin. Read More
It happens from time to time that we mistakenly delete the Recycle Bin icon from our desktop in Windows 7 or Vista. You probably came here after tirelessly searching for a way to recover/restore the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop. Many users prefer having Recycle Bin on the desktop and Microsoft agrees. This is why Windows now always comes with Recycle Bin on the desktop. The good news is that it is very easy to restore it using Windows built-in feature.
Note: This quick tip is for beginners who are new to Windows 7 or Vista.
Is your Windows giving you errors and not functioning properly? This usually means that your system files are missing or got corrupted due to some virus. Suppose a virus attacks your computer and you remove it using an anti-virus software, but the virus in fact removes your system files and makes some corrupted without your knowledge, removing the virus is only the first step, but fixing your system files is the most important step. Some people just re-install their Windows because they think it is too complicated to recover System files, but this is not true. Here is the best, quickest and fastest way to check and fix your missing and corrupted system files. Read More
Have you ever faced a problem where your antivirus deleted your important system files? For me this is even worse than the adverse effect of a virus itself. The best method to offset the infection is to Clean, Quarantine and Delete but if your antivirus deletes important system files by itself without asking permission than you must consider to recover those system files to prevent data loss, performance issues and missing system files notification at startup. Read More
One of my favorite TV shows is The office.
I love that show but it also takes up a lot of the hard drive space, with each episode of 350MB. I clutter my hard drive space due to this show, and that’s just this one show, not including other shows like Grey’s Anatomy
. So, naturally I burn the shows onto DVDs, as it’s a cheap and easily accessible way to store data. But the only problem is the fact that CDs or DVDs aren’t invulnerable to all types of damage, and in fact, even a small finger print or scratch can make a DVD/CD player not able to read the disk. If you try to copy/paste the file on the damaged disk onto a computer, you usually get an error saying the file is corrupted, or damaged. But I found some really handy programs that can solve such problems, which I thought I’d share with you all today.
Sometimes you may accidentally hit the delete button(and emptied the recycle bin too) and forget that there was an extremely important document inside that folder. With FreeUndelete, you can recover your deleted files.
is a Windows utility to restore files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer. This includes files emptied from the Recycle bin and those deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses!