31. Recovering Deleted
So your two year old has just deleted five hours of
essential work? So he somehow managed to avoid the recycling bin altogether in
the sort of computer anti-miracle that only the very young and the very
tech-phobic seem to be able to achieve? Don't panic. Though the recycling bin is
present as a safety net against accidental or mistaken file deletion, just
because it's not in there doesn't mean your data is gone forever.
Data that is deleted from a hard drive is not actually
removed from the disk. It is simply marked by the operating system as having
been deleted, and will be treated as empty disk space from then on. Until it is
actually written over by new data, the old data remains and is easy to
To get your data back, you should obtain a copy of Restoration, a free file recovery utility. This program
is small, effective and very easy to use, which is why we like it. To recover
accidentally deleted files start Restoration...
Choose the drive you wish to scan in the 'drives' drop
down box, and click 'search by deleted files.'
A list of deleted files is created. To restore one or
more files, highlight them and click 'restore by copying' then choose a target