How to recover deleted files from computer hard disk

When you delete a file from the Recycle Bin, you don't delete it permanently, but you can recover it using some specific programs. Here's how to do it

Deleting a file by mistake is one of the worst nightmares for people who use computers for work every day. Many people believe that it is impossible to recover a deleted document from the computer's Recycle Bin, but this is not the case: if you act in time you can do it, the important thing is to use the right programs.

The secret to recovering deleted files from the computer's hard drive is timeliness. If you immediately use software like Recuva, which specializes in recovering deleted documents from your computer's memory, your chances of getting the file back are very high. If, on the other hand, a couple of months pass, the chances of getting the document back are very low, if at all. Time is of the essence for a very simple reason: when you delete files from the Recycle Bin, they are not permanently deleted, but remain on your computer until the space they occupy is overwritten.

How to recover deleted files from your computer's hard drive

If you have deleted a document, image or photo from your computer, you can recover it, but you need to act fast. The first thing to do is to stop using the computer. It may seem like a nonsense, but it isn't: as we said earlier, if you delete a file from the Recycle Bin, you don't permanently delete it from your PC until you overwrite it with a new document. So you have to stop any activity you are doing with your computer so that you don't overwrite the deleted document. Installing a new software, downloading movies or streaming TV series are the actions that make the file disappear permanently.

At this point, you need to use a program to recover the document. There are plenty of them, including free ones, that do their job perfectly. PhotoRec, TestDisk and Recuva are among the best and can be downloaded for free. To recover a deleted file from your computer's hard drive, just open the program and follow the wizard.

A word of advice: if you don't have the software available and will have to download it from the Internet, it is advisable to do it on a USB flash drive. The reason is simple: if you save it on your computer, it is very likely that the software will overwrite the file you deleted and want to recover.