How to Recover Deleted Files from Storage Drives

in Project HOPE2 months ago
Hello to all the members of this illustrious community, today I will share with you my article about the recovery of deleted documents from our storage units.



Nowadays the web offers us an endless number of technological tools that allow us to solve the difficulties that may arise in the computer area, there are so many problems that can be generated in this area, that the simple fact of trying to make a list of them is a problem.

Now, what is certain is that a very common problem that appears is when by some error caused by the computer or by the users' own accident we eliminate important files from our storage units, one of the software that we have to recover our eliminated information is PhotoRec.

PhtoRec, is a free portable software that allows us to recover files that were intentionally or accidentally deleted from our storage units (USB memories, MicroSD cards, hard drives, etc...). From a very easy to use interface, this program allows us to recover all types of files such as Images, Videos, Documents, among others.

Among the main features of this software are the following:

  • Compatible with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, DOS/Win9x operating systems.
  • It is portable, that is, it is not necessary to install it on your computer.
  • It has an excellent file system, it can recover information from almost all systems (FAT, NTFS, exFAT, ext2/ext3/ext4 filesystem, HFS+).
  • It recognizes numerous file formats among which we can mention: ZIP, Office files, PDF, HTML, JPEG and various graphic formats.
  • The following is a step-by-step guide on how to use this software to recover deleted information.

    Step One.

    To start recovering your files you need to open the folder containing the software.

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    Step Two.
    Once the folder is opened we create a new folder, and we will name it Recovered Files. (You can give it the name of your preference).

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    Step Three.

    Then run the software by double-clicking on the photorec_win.exe application.

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    Step Four.

    Once inside the program interface you can view the internal or external storage drives that are connected to the computer, which can be used for file recovery.

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    Step Five.

    Then we select the unit to which the file recovery will be performed, once selected we press the Enter key. (For this example I will take a USB Memory).

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    Step Six.

    When we select the unit, the software will show us the data concerning the selected unit.

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    Step Seven.

    Then we press Enter again, and it will show us the screen where it will ask us what type of files we want to recover. The first option is for Linux files and the second for Windows files and other operating systems. (For this example we will select option number 2). We give Enter.

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    Step Eight.

    Next it will show us the screen that indicates us in that space of the disk I want to look for the information that will be recovered. It shows us again two options, the first option indicates us that it will look for only in the available space of our storage unit and the second option indicates us that it will look for in all the storage unit. (For this example we will select the option number 2).

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    Step Nine.

    Once the option is selected, press Enter, in the next screen we will be asked in which folder we want to save the recovered files, there we locate and select with Enter the folder Recover Files that we created in step two.

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    Step Ten.

    Once we select the folder, the following screen will appear, where we will only type the letter "C" in capital letters and the program will automatically start to recover the files, saving them in the folder created for this purpose.

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    Step Eleven.

    In this step you can check the progress of file recovery. (See image of Step Ten and Eleven).

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    Step Twelve.

    Once the file recovery process is finished, we go to the folder created in Step two and we can see that a folder is created with the name "recup_dir.1", in this folder we will find all the recovered files that were in the storage unit and that were deleted intentionally or accidentally.

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    Very good step by step to use this tool that has two great advantages, it is free and portable.
    Many do not know that hard disk data is never erased, it just stops being visible and appearing on screen and can be recovered, unless other data is rewritten over it and what these programs do is to make access to it visible again.
    It would only be necessary to investigate the limitations of the same one, since generally the free programs are trial versions.

    Thanks for your comment, because if the information is not really erased from a whole only remains invisible and can be recovered this is not known to most users, another way to lose all the information is when the storage unit is formatted, with regard to the limitations truly there are many programs that have ceased to be free trial and are still free just have to know how to locate them.

    Greetings friend. Very important application, really more than once it has happened to me that after deleting a file that I thought I did not need more I have to review it again, or more than one sure that unintentionally deleted an important file. It is always good to find this kind of tools to help us in those cases.

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    It is really good to find a post like this here, people tend to lose files and they just think that is the end of it, it is a great to find a platform like this one where we can get very helpful informations.

    Thank you for your comments @papa-mensa, you are right many users think that all is lost, because it is not so we just have to find solutions to our problem to move forward and not stagnate, I am glad that this article will be useful.

    Hello @carlir
    Welcome to the Project Hope community.
    Thanks for the information, this software really represents a solution to one of the biggest headaches, a deleted file.
    An excellent explanation, thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day!
    Best regards.

    Hi @janettyanez, thank you for your reception, I am glad to know that this publication helps to solve a very common problem nowadays for users, such as the loss of a file from our storage units. It is important to mention that there are other programs that help to solve this kind of problems but not all of them do it with the same effectiveness, that is why PhtoRec differs from them.

    Hello @carlir.

    Wow brother, this information is very important. Once I deleted some documents and I was able to recover them, I do not remember if it was with the tool that you explain in this post, anyway in case it happens to me again I will reblog this post to have it as important information. Greetings and thanks for sharing.

    Greetings @carlir, great contribution that you share with us, since I have seen important information lost due to the lack of knowledge of this type of applications, I will keep it in mind in future accidents or loss of information. We are reading