3 Ways to Recover Deleted Files from Hard Drive

Accidental deletion of the files from your external hard drive or computer is just like a nightmare. Taking the help of a data recovery service will easily solve the problem. But, it is better to know what and how the deletion of data took place.

There are more than one data recovery procedures. But choosing the effective one will be time, as well as the money-saving factor. On the other hand, you also need to understand the effective ways of data recovery from your system drive and external storage drive.
Primary Factors
Whenever you are witnessing that data is getting vanished from your storage device, automatically, then stop using that drive. If your system drive is affected, then apart from turning on the computer, never cut, copy or paste any data. In addition to that, always avoid installing any type of applications in the system. 


Recover the Deleted Files 

The data recovery process of the system or the external hard drive is quite the same. That is why when you are opting for the procedure, check if there are issues persisting in the desired drive or not. 
1. Utilize the Command Prompt
The command prompt is also known as CMD in Windows OS. With the help of the Command Prompt, you can operate your computer with the help of the command user interface. In addition to that, you can also delete the virus affected files with the help of a set of codes. Now, the data recovery codes of Command Prompt in external drives goes like this.

-> Plug-in the external drive to the system
-> Open the Run dialogue box with the help of Windows+R key
-> Type cmd in the box and click on OK
-> The command prompt will open. Now type the following command “ ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D X :* .* ”
-> The X is the drive letter. If there are other alphabets instead of X, then write the desired drive letter and press the Enter key.

All the deleted files will be restored automatically, in its own respective place. Just keep track where the files are and you will find them easily.
2. Revert Back to the previous OS version
This process is just like time travelling. After deleting the file accidentally, if you cannot find it in the recycle bin, then open “My Computer” or “This PC”. After witnessing the system drive, right-click on it and select “Properties”.

Now, access the “Previous Versions” tab and you will see the system drive name in the “Unspecified” category. Select it and hit on the “Restore” button present below. After that click on OK option and close all the tabs. This procedure will be applicable to both internal and external HDD or SSD.
3. Use a Third-party Application
There are a lot of third-party applications available for data recovery. Analyse them by studying their capability regarding the recovery of data, features, advantages and disadvantages, and others. After that choose one of them, download and install it on your computer. After that, open the application and proceed through the following instructions as prompted.
What if you use Macintosh OS?
The previous data was about Windows. But, if you use the Macintosh operating system, then the data recovery of internal system procedure will be a bit different. There is a feature in the Mac which is known as the Time Machine. Before availing the Time Machine feature, you have to make sure that there is a backup data file available.

Now, open the Time Machine feature and click on one of the backup options. Now, choose the “Restore” option to begin the procedure. In the case of data recovery from the external drive, just take the help of any secure third-party application and retrieve all the lost data.
After every day’s work, always try to back up your vital data on any cloud storage. The data will be very much secured and no accidental deletion will take place. Just choose a good cloud storage service. It is better not to go for any type of freeware services as it can lead to data theft.

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