Can You Recover Deleted Files, Or Are They Gone Forever?

Ooops! You accidentally pressed the Delete button, or the Shift + Delete buttons on your keyboard, and the file you have just deleted is an extremely important one. Is there still a chance of recovering deleted files?

Data recovery is one of the trickiest things that any technical expert has to do, as no matter how advanced the data recovery methods are, there is still bound to be some percentage or chance of not being able to recover the files.

To recover deleted files, one must first determine if the problem is purely logical or physical. Logical problems pertain to file deletion with no physical damage to the hard drive, while physical problems have physical, mechanical or electrical problems with the hard drive along with file deletion.

How does file deletion in computers work? And why are there instances that one can still recover those files even if they are deleted? Let’s take a look at the process.

  1. Computer removes the file reference on the hard drive once it deletes the file or moves it to the Recycle Bin. The computer no longer can “see” the file.
  • File is no longer readable in the computer, but it is still on the hard drive. Unless another file or a part of the file is saved in the exact same location, the file is still in the hard drive.
  • Since the file is still in the hard drive, data recovery software can still recover deleted files. Such software simply have to rebuild the file header and allow the computer to see the file again, as long as no other data has been saved on top of the original deleted file.

Do not be afraid and panic when you accidentally delete an important file. Simply go through the initial steps of using the Windows OS features and appropriate data recovery software to recover the file. If all else fails, seek help with data recovery companies.