If you are using a computer regularly whether in your home or office, you might have at some point deleted a data unintentionally. Maybe you selected the wrong folder or file to delete or emptied the recycle in an instance and realized there was something important in there. In cases like this, delete data recovery is all you need.
This article is based on Windows Operating System as it is the most common but it also applies to other operating systems as well, like Mac OS, Unix, FreeBSD, Linux and others as well.
Here are the things you should when you accidentally deleted a data.
Many people often make the situation worse by overacting and making the recovery right away. Remember that the best thing to do in every emergency situation is not to panic. Keep calm, research what to do first before installing and running the first program you see that advertise that it can recover your data.
Shut off your computer but do not shut it down. It is taught that not shutting down properly poses a minor risk in your hardware but in this case, the risk is much higher that your computer will overwrite the data during the logging process while it is shutting down. So just unplug your computer or if you are using a laptop, just pull out the battery although in some laptop models, you can just press and hold the power button for about 10 seconds. The only guaranteed way is to shut off your unit and not to overwrite the hard drive.
You may be tempted to install some data recovery software on the computer the data was deleted but you should avoid it. All operations on data recovery should be done in another computer running its own operating system on another hard drive because when the software is installed on that same hard drive, it overwrites where the data is stored in generating and downloading the files.
Even computer technicians who have experience in data recovery must clone your hard drive before attempting the recovery. Have a copy of all the data just in case a failure in recovery in the first attempt. Using the original drive poses risk to the data because sometimes making mistake in the recovery process could not be avoided and there is also hardware risk involved.
Choose the appropriate data recovery program to your file system. Don’t listen to advertisements of a certain program that they can do it all. There is still no program capable of doing it. Even if the program supports your file system maybe it is not the best in handling it. Either NTFS or FAT, it’s better to research first otherwise you will just waste your money and time for the software that doesn’t actually work for your situation.
Always extract your recovered data on a different drive although some programs won’t let you do this, because you might overwrite the files needed to be recovered. Only after you recovered everything you should consider transferring back the files to the original drive.