Most people think that once a file is deleted that it is gone from the hard drive. Oh contrare. What happens is that the drive marks the space as available and ready for use. Now, what that means is that unless that space has been used, you can probably recover the file. Time is a good marker for this. If it’s been a few hours since you accidentally deleted your file, you have a great chance of success in recovering it. If it’s been a year, well, you might be up the creek without a paddle. But you never know. Recuva is a free file recovery program for windows.
I downloaded Recuva and it installed very quickly. I opened the program and scanned my drive. Again, the interface is simple and easy to use. Once the scan was done, I went to my recycle bin. This shows up as “Recycler” in the Windows folder directory. Then I went ahead and found a file that I had removed from the recycle bin a while ago. I restored the file. I opened it up in notepad and viewed the contents. It was all there. Now, Recuva can recover any kind of file, as long as that part of the drive hasn’t been overwritten. This is a very nice, easy, small, and intuitive file recovery program. Also, the author of the program asks for donations. If you are helped by this program, I would recommend that you consider donating, especially if it just saved your hide.