Prevent Lost File Panic

Loosing a file that has hours of work put into it can be a very stressful experience. You worry if you’ll be able to remember all of the content, if it’ll ever be as good, or if you’ll be able to find the information you need to include again. Fortunately, deleted files can often be recovered quickly using inexpensive data recovery programs.

But first, let’s look at what happens when you delete a file from your hard drive. The way your hard disk works is much like your local library. All over the disk are a range of files from all different sources, like selves of books in a library. To remember where all the data for a certain file is on your hard drive, the system keeps an index of your data effectively linking it all together. This isn’t unlike the library catalogue you use to research certain topics of find certain books.

When you delete a file all that is deleted is the index entry that tells your computer where the file is. All of the data is normally still there, it just can’t be found using normal means. This allows for file recovery to be done using specialised data recovery programs. These programs search the physical hard drive for loose data fragments and attempt to piece it together to form complete files. Although the search can take a while, you will generally be able to recovery your lost or deleted files.

It’s a good idea to have a file recovery program installed on your computer at all times. The longer you wait to try to recovery a lost file, the less chance you have of pulling all the data together to form an uncorrupted, functioning file. Ontrack’s EasyRecoveryTM software packages are a good option for a wide range of file recovery needs. The range of EasyRecoveryTM programs are designed with a data recovery service to suit the needs of personal and small business users. They come with the ability to find deleted data and repair corrupted ZIP files, as well as a range of other advanced file recovery features.

There are of course limitations to do-it-yourself data recovery solutions. For more complex storage systems or sensitive data, it is best to engage a professional data recovery service. With access to powerful data recovery tools, a data recovery service will help you get back on your feet quickly.

Keep in mind these file recovery tips in case you ever need them in the future, and save the stress of loosing your hard work.