How to Recover Deleted Files from Your Hard Drive

Recovering deleted files with Disk Drill for Windows takes just a few minutes. We've all been there, files disappearing from your hard drive as if there's no Recycle Bin at all. Still, if you act fast, there's a very good chance your data is still alive on the drive.
Disk Drill for Windows knows how to find deleted hard drive data. Depending on your speedy reaction and the exact cause of data being missing from your disk, the recovery process may take just a few clicks. With Disk Drill's powerful data recovery algorithms you can get your important files back.

#1 Take a pause, preserve deleted data from overwriting

To save some operational cycles your system doesn't usually bother with truly erasing the files you moved to Trash or Recycle Bin. In most cases the space the files occupied is just marked as available, and the new data may be stored in those memory sectors any time. But the data you need may still be there. So when your files got deleted, and you need them recovered, act fast. Ideally, stop using the hard drive, connect it into an external docking station, and boot from a different system disk or computer. Then connect the external drive with lost data.

Disk Drill knows hard drive data recovery. With multiple available file recovery algorithms, you are on your way to free hard drive recovery. Disk Drill Basic for Windows lets you restore up to 2GB without paying for the premium edition.

  • 1Download Disk Drill
  • 2Install it
  • 3Run Disk Drill for Windows

#2 Get down to hard drive recovery

Disk Drill is one of the best freeware options for file recovery if you are on Windows. With the advanced filtering options and reliable recovery mechanisms in place, Disk Drill is the fastest and the most user-friendly solution. Run it, and go straight to the main "Recover" button right by the name of your hard drive. Get down to hard drive recovery

#3 Wait for data scan to complete

Once Disk Drill is running, it's time to scan your hard drive for deleted files and folders. Disk Drill data recovery app cannot scan a specific location where you suppose the deleted data may reside due to the fact that it doesn't work with the file allocation tables, but rather scans the hard drive surface, as the data could be fragmented by the file system, or the file system itself is not longer accessible or is corrupted. Data Scan
So, let it scan your whole hard drive, as we recommend copying out everything you can and sorting it out later on a safer storage. Once Disk Drill completes the scan, you might be looking at a huge list of recoverable items. Many system files and unknown file names may be on the list. Don't worry, operating systems and various apps are very active on your hard drive, they are producing a lot of those. Use the filters provided in Disk Drill, and verify your hard drive data can be recovered.

Prevent data loss in future – protect your hard drive now

Disk Drill also provides a number of data protection options. With Disk Drill's Recovery Vault you have nothing to worry about in case your data gets erased in the future. Hard drives running on FAT32 or NTFS, or HFS+ can be protected with Recovery Vault and indexing takes seconds. That's it, no overhead, and any time you feel like an important file has gone missing, refer to Disk Drill's "Undelete Protected Data" algorithm.

Prevent Data Loss – Protect Your Hard Drive

#4 Hard drive recovery – done

Once you find your deleted data and make sure it's recoverable by previewing the files, the recovery itself may just require a few additional clicks. Just highlight the items you need, choose where to save the recovered data, and proceed with the hard drive recovery.
In most cases no matter how your data was wiped, Disk Drill does the best job reconstructing the files. Now you know how to recover files from hard drive, and downloading Disk Drill will be a great starting point. Hard drive recovery

Try Deep Scan

Our computers are fast these days, like really fast. There's so much file activity going in the background, and file allocation tables are updated so fast, your deleted data may be pushed out the stack and the only way to recover it is by using Deep Scan. It literally reads your hard drive byte by byte and reconstructs the file types stored in Disk Drill's database. And there are hundreds of them available. Deep Scan takes longer to complete, but is totally worth it when it's time for hard drive data recovery.

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    Version 2.0.253, released on 08/30/2016
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  • «Disk Drill is a handy recovery software for Windows. It is easy to use and ships with two additional features, partition recovery and protections, that set it apart from the majority of data recovery programs.» by Martin Brinkmann