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 500 MB 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. Hard drive recovery software

#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. Hard drive data recovery
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.

#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. HDD recovery

Frequently Asked Questions

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Follow these steps to recover deleted files from a hard drive:

  1. Download, install and launch Disk Drill.
  2. Select the hard drive from the list.
  3. Click Search for lost data to start scanning for lost files.
  4. Review the files that have been found and select those you wish to restore.
  5. Click Recover all and retrieve the files to your selected location.

To Restore deleted files from an external HDD:

  1. Download and install Disk Drill.
  2. Connect the external hard drive to your computer and launch the app.
  3. Select the drive from the list.
  4. Click Search for lost data to scan for files.
  5. Preview the recoverable data.
  6. Select the files for recovery and click Recover all to restore your data.

Data recovery software can be used to recover data from a formatted hard disk. The act of formatting a disk simply informs the operating system that its space is available for use. Access to the files is logically removed but the data is still physically present on the disk until it is overwritten by new information and can be recovered.

Yes, you can. Disk Drill for Windows enables users to recover up to 500 MB of data using the free trial version of the application. Give the tool a test drive and perform data recovery to evaluate its functionality. See how the combination of powerful technology and an intuitive user interface makes it easy for anyone to restore deleted data from a hdd.

Disk Drill can recover data from virtually any hard disk brand. This includes providing support for drives manufactured by Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, Hitachi, Kingston Technology, Samsung, and Iomega. If your storage device is disk-based, then there is an excellent chance that Disk Drill supports it and can be used to successfully recover and data that is accidentally lost.

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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