Whether you lose the data on your video game, the data on your computer or the data on your smartphone, losing data can be extremely frustrating. From lost images to lost Word documents, lost data can mean that you lose precious memories or have to redo hours’ worth of work. If you accidentally delete an important file or are having trouble recovering mass amounts of information, you don’t have to stress—there is a way to recover it! This guide will walk you through the recovery steps so that you can retrieve those files and get back to work (or gaming, or uploading your new profile picture to Facebook).
Tips for Recovering Lost Documents, Videos and Images
When you lose your data, keep calm and stop using the device on which the loss occurred. If it’s your smart phone, put it down. If it’s your computer, stop working on it. If it’s your gaming system, put down your weapons and step away from the controller. The less you use the device, the greater the chance your lost files have of being recovered. Why? Well, let us explain:
When you right click a file and press the Delete button, your files don’t actually go anywhere—your system just hides them by removing them from the file directory and freeing up space in your memory. At this point, you can easily retrieve your lost files by rebuilding the file directory. However, if you continue to use the device, any new data may completely overwrite the old data, which means that any chances you have of recovering those old files become slimmer and slimmer. If your device has limited space—for instance, if we’re talking a smart phone of laptop—the situation can become increasingly worse at a much quicker pace.
Additionally, if your device is making a weird noise—think: buzzing, whirring, grinding, clicking, humming, clacking or any other sound ending in an –ing—SHUT YOUR DEVICE DOWN. Allowing it to continue running will only further damage any remaining data—including that which you’re trying to save. Once your device is shut down, don’t attempt to turn it back on and try to recover the data yourself; instead, take it to a professional at this point.
If your device is silent, however, keep reading…
Once you’ve discovered the file you need is missing, use the device as little as possible and start the data recovery process as soon as possible. Below are three methods that you can use to extract lost data and get back on your merry way:
Recovering Data From Windows Recycle Bin
If you are in the habit of deleting your files simply by moving them to your Windows recycle bin, and if you don’t routinely empty your recycle bin, you’re in luck. Your recycle bin is just another file, essentially, and all you have to do is open it up, locate the file you want, and send it back to the folder you want to stow it in by clicking “Restore.” Voila! That was easy.
Recovering an Older Version of a Lost, Deleted or Changed File
If you’re a writer, website designer, videographer, photographer or any other professional that routinely makes edits to their work, you understand the pain of completely revamping a piece, saving it and then opening the file the next day to realize that you HATE the new version. However, because you already saved the new version, there’s no going back…or is there? Windows has a backup and restore feature (go Windows!) that allows you to restore older versions of your files or to find lost versions. For tips on how to use it, use the tips provided to you at EaseUS.com.
If you want to recover an exact copy of a deleted file, or if you want to recover data after a system failure, crash or virus attack, or if you want to recover files lost on an external hard drive, you may have to use a third-party data recovery software such as EaseUS Sotware.
Recovering Deleted Files From an Empty Mac Bin
Data recovery software such as that mentioned above can help you retrieve files that you placed in your trash bin after you emptied that bin. Cool, huh? This software also offers all-in-one solutions for Mac deleted recovery, enabling you to recover data after any number of situations made it “disappear.”
Preventing Data Loss
With today’s Cloud technology and others like it, there is no reason that you should lose pertinent data. If data is important enough to you, use these data loss prevention tips to ensure you never have to experience the heart palpitations caused by data loss again:
- Keep your devices in safe, dry and dust-free areas. Make sure they’re far away from the hands of little ones, and out of reach of your furry friends. By keeping your device in a safe space, you can prevent as much physical damage as possible.
- Back up your data regularly. You know how your devices are always reminding you to back up your data? Quit hitting “Ignore” and “Remind Me Tomorrow,” and back that stuff up! Even slight power surges can wipe your hard drive, so be prepared and have a backup copy.
- Use virus detection protection programs. They were invented for a reason.
- Trust the Cloud. It’s amazing, and can allow you to access your data from anywhere, on any device.
Don’t let lost data bring down your day. If you can’t prevent data loss, at least you can recover it. Follow the above tips and you’ll be able to restore you data, and your mood, in no time!
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