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Data Rescue Guide

When you delete a file from your computer using the 'Deleted Rescue' option and even if you emptied the Recycle Bin or deleted by pressing "Shift + Delete" keys. Windows removes the references to the file and file's space is marked as free so the system can re-use it but file's contents, even though you cannot see the file, remains on a drive until this area of the drive is overwritten by another file. So it is possible to recover deleted files until they have been overwritten.

To improve the probability of data rescue, first of all, stop any activity on the drive you are going to recover files from such as writing new data, installing or running programs that could use the drive space.

If data rescue software is installed prior to the file being deleted, your chances of recovery are greatly increased as you can immediately recover files after deletion. If you do not yet have an data rescue tool installed on your computer, avoid installing it to the drive with lost files as it increases the risk of your data being overwritten.

For the system drive

Avoid using your system drive for any tasks that may directly or indirectly write new data on the system drive as it could cause overwriting the lost data and reduce chances of undeleting. The less you use your computer before undeleting, the better your chances of getting your files back.

  • Disconnect the computer from the Internet or a LAN, turn off Wi-Fi, etc.
  • Close all running programs, including programs running in the background such as anti-virus software, Automatic Updates, etc. as Windows could overwrite the deleted files when it needs to create new files.
  • Avoid installing new software, including Data Rescue, on any drive on the computer as in this case the system disk will be used indirectly.
  • Don't burn data to CD or DVD drives as while burning data Windows creates temporary files and the system disk is in use.
  • Recover files to another disk or partition.

To rescue files you may install iAidsoft Data Rescue on a removable drive or use the version that does not require installation and can be run from a flash drive. To download the program, you should use another computer.

For a hard drive

To increase the chance of files recovery, you should immediately stop all computer activities that may reduce chances of recovery by writing new data on a hard drive containing lost files:

  • Close all running programs as each time Windows writes information on a hard drive your chances to recover files are decreased.
  • Do not install any programs on this drive as it may overwrite deleted files .
  • Do not save recovered files to the same drive.

For a removable drive (USB, flash drive, memory stick, SD card, etc.)

You should immediately stop writing data to the drive with the lost data as new data could overwrite the files you need to recover.

Where you should save undeleted files

To avoid overwriting data you need to recover, save undeleted files to a different drive.

Why use Data Rescue

It's a fast and easy to use tool to recover files that have been lost or accidentally deleted. Simply select the drive with lost files and click the Scan button. When the process is finished, the program shows a list of deleted files. The powerful search module can locate all types of files from a wide variety of storage devices. You can easily sort or filter the results. After you have found all the files you need to recover, highlight them and click Recover.

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