How to Recover Deleted Files from Hard Drive?

Accidently delete files from hard drive? Mistakenly remove files using Shift+Delete key or obliterate files with DOS prompt command? If the files are important for you, how to recover deleted files will be the number one question in your head.

When you deleted a file, Windows do not delete it truly, it is only marked “deleted”. However, it is not until a new file is saved to the same location on your hard drive that the previous file is truly deleted. Therefore, you still have choices to recover deleted files.

According to the different scenario you deleted your files, you can retrieve deleted files with different methods.

Case 1: Mistakenly delete files and the files are moved to recycle bin.
Solution: If the deleted files are still in the recycle bin, you are lucky. Just find the file and use “Restore” option to remove the file to its original location.

Case 2: Delete files from recycle bin; Use Shift+Delete to remove files; Obliterate files with DOS prompt command; Hard drive was virus attacked or run any software application to rub out files. 
Solution: If the files were deleted by any of the above cases, they will bypass recycle bin. If you have a system backup, things will be easier, you can use the backup to restore deleted files.

For Windows Vista user

Open the Control Panel

Click on the “Backup and Restore” Center icon

Click on the “Restore Files” button to recover files


For Windows 7 user

Click Start button and click Control Panel

Click System and Maintenance and then click “Backup and Restore”

Click “Restore my files” to restore your files

However, some of us may forget to backup, in that case, you have to rely on the third party file recovery tool.  Card Data Recovery is the powerful file recovery software. It can recover almost all popular file type including .doc, .txt, .docx, .pdf, .xls, .ppt, .vsd, .rtf, .zip, .rar, .tmp, .mdf, .mid, .iso, etc. Once files were lost, you should recover them as soon as possible, the earlier you recover them, the more likely to get them back.

Note: Never write new files to your hard drive in case that the deleted files were overwritten.