Oh, no! You can’t find a file. You’ve looked in all the folders already and you still can’t find it. Did you delete it?
Even if you didn’t mean to, there are times when you accidentally delete data. Deleting data is not just a matter of right clicking on the word delete. As a matter of fact, human errors only rank second when it comes to deleted data.
In a study by StorageCraft with 41 IT professional, 29% agreed that the main cause of data loss is human errors. Many other studies also found that human errors are the second most common reason for data loss across the globe.
You could end up deleting data even if you didn’t mean to. That’s a fact. Aside from human errors, there are other things to consider.
These errors include accidental deletion, formatting, force shutdown, improper drive or device use, and more. However, data loss may also occur due to following reasons:
- Hardware Failure
- Software corruption
- Malware attacks
- Power surge and outage
- Bad sectors/blocks on the drive, Overheating
- Outdated or corrupt device drivers
- Theft, System file corruption
- Natural Disasters.
That could scare a lot of people but truth be told, deleted data is no big deal. This is especially true on Windows. Explosion author, Nick Guli, stresses the same point as well.
Before we begin, I want to highlight the fact that the recovery of deleted data from a Windows PC isn’t a difficult task if you act promptly and appropriately. With that said, there’s no guarantee that all deleted files can be recovered. Some files may get corrupt if you continue to use your Windows PC or the storage media after data loss—whether deliberately or inadvertently—as it overwrites the deleted files.
Although there is no guarantee that all data can be recovered, some, if not, most data can be recovered as long as you act on it right away. You have to be open to the fact that some data could get corrupted. Nonetheless, immediate action could help lessen the chances of losing data.
For easy data recovery, Nick recommends that you use a software. Although that is one solution, it’s not the only one. He also recommends that you could stop using the system.
As discussed earlier, the more you use the system after data loss, the more damage you may do to the lost files. So hold your horses and stop using the system and the drive immediately to prevent any damage to lost files or cause data loss beyond recovery.
Another solution he recommends is to check your backup.
Check all your backups. Today, people often keep multiple backups on clouds and external hard drives. If you are one of them, check your backup and try to find the lost files. But DO NOT copy them to
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