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Recovering Deleted Files (Undelete)

One of the most common types of data recovery that is performed is recovering deleted files. All too often, files are deleted by mistake potentially losing hundreds or even thousands of hours of work down the drain. Fortunately, your data may actually still be there! When you delete a file, the Windows file system simply marks the file as deleted and then allows the space that file took to be used again. VirtualLab is able to scan the part of your drive that is marked 'empty' by the operating system and reconstruct files that have been previously deleted.

How likely is it that my file(s) can be recovered?

It's difficult to say. There's many factors that go in to where data is stored on the drive and what gets overwritten. A file you deleted could effectively be there for a very long time while others may get overwritten quickly.

As long as you haven't saved a lot of data to your drive, there's a good chance you may be able to get your file(s) back. But, it's very important that you avoid saving any more to this disk. This includes browsing the web, installing software and other things that may writing to your disk as you read this.

The best way to determine if your data is recoverable is to download VirtualLab and scan your disk for deleted files. Read below for tips on how to do this safely!

What steps can I take to recover my data safely?

The first thing you should do is immediately stop using the affected drive. We do not recommended installing VirtualLab on the disk unless it is your only option as you could easily overwrite the very data you are trying to recover!

The best way: This would be a good time to have some good computer knowledge. You'll want to hook up your drive as a secondary hard drive to another computer. Use your favorite search engine for "installing a secondary hard drive" in your computer. There's many resources available on the web.

If you don't have a secondary computer available or have limited computer knowledge, you're not completely out of luck. If you have a secondary partition, install VirtualLab on the partition that doesn't have the deleted file(s). Or, go get another hard drive and install VirtualLab on it. Do whatever you can to avoid writing to the disk that has your files on it.

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