How to recover deleted data from a Windows hard drive?

Hanry Bob March 19, 2013

Does anyone know “how to recover Windows hard drive data? If you have any solution please provide me with it, I want to recover my deleted data.

  1. Alison Gent
    April 30, 2013 at 5:29 am

    their are a few recovery softwares out their...if you dont want to do it yourself or your afraid youll screw it up take it to a computer repair store they should be able to get something off. though remember recoverijng data is not a 100% fullproof method theirs no garantee

  2. maria cater
    April 7, 2013 at 2:50 am

    easily, i recovered my deleted files with a software called minitool data recovery

    you can have a try, powerful~:)

  3. Uchitha Jayathissa
    April 4, 2013 at 11:15 am
  4. deepanker70
    March 25, 2013 at 1:26 pm
  5. deepanker70
    March 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    There are many free and paid tools are available that can help you recover deleted data. Makeuseof already covered so many nice data recovery tools which you can search.

    you can use diskdigger which is my favorite. see this article that covers few free data recovery tools

    March 25, 2013 at 11:49 am

    Hello for the most basic and easy software to use, I would recommend starting with recuva:



    If you need a more complex solution where you have to use commands, you could try the following:

    All of the above options are free. The software that has provided the best results for me, even after a reformatting is the following: (for partitions) (for file recovery)

    Now, there is also the option of running a linux boot disk to check if you can view and recover the files that way. You can try downloading a burning the ISO image of knoppix:

    Once downloaded, burn the image to disk. Start computer from cd/dvd and see if it can see your files. If it can see them, you can recover them to a cd/dvd, flashdrive, external drive, etc.

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    March 24, 2013 at 4:39 am

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  8. softwaredemons
    March 23, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Use Recuva or TestDisk both are free tools To know more about how to user Recuva read

  9. Lorreta William
    March 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm
  10. Bob Maria
    March 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Deleted data can be recovered easily provided that you are using a good data recovery software and the data is not overwritten. So it is advisable to stop using the drive from which you want to recover you data. I have success with Kernel for Windows Data Recovery software in the past you can also try that software which can be downloaded from

  11. pp potana
    March 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Tuneup undelete...paid version
    Recuva free version

  12. Nitesh Badala
    March 20, 2013 at 10:02 am

    try different data recovery software's available in the market.

    • Tina Sieber
      March 20, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      And which ones do you recommend?

  13. Cindy Young
    March 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

    usually, you should use data recovery software, such as recuva, or hodo data recovery.

  14. Jim Chambers
    March 20, 2013 at 12:54 am

    If deleted files are on boot drive, do not install file recovery software there as it could overwrite them. Get the portable version of Piriform Recuva and install it on a flash drive. Recover files to another partition or flash drive.

  15. Rajaa Chowdhury
    March 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Use Piriform's Recuva. It is simple and dependable and totally free.

  16. Paul Pruitt
    March 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    What are the circumstances of your needing recovery? have you partitioned over the files? Have you installed an OS over them?

    For partition recovery and similar issues here is a list if freeware:

    For individual deleted files like those cleaned for the Recycle Bin, a freeware list is at these two locations:

    If we are talking about camera memory or USB memory sticks try:

    For commercial software for either disk or individual deleted files, see these two links: - I like RTT by the way...

  17. Oron Joffe
    March 19, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    There's a list of excellent data recovery programs at // . However, we may b able to advise you better if you give us more details of what you are trying to do. Have you deleted files accidentally? Does the computer fail to boot up? Is there a problem with the actual drive? The more we know about the situation, the more detailed an answer we can provide.

  18. Patrick J
    March 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Well, there are many expensive data recovery softwares that can recover data even from a formatted hard drive, but you should first try to use Recuva, from the makers of CCleaner. See if you can recover your lost data from it. If not, then only consider paid options. The process generally takes time depending on hardware, so be patient, unless you own an Alienware! XD

    Best of luck! I hope this helps. :)

  19. Harshit Jain
    March 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Download a software called "Recuva" and follow the instructions given in this software to recover your deleted files. Don't write anything on the partition on which the date is deleted otherwise your data may get overwritten.

  20. ha14
    March 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    if you made restore points in windows you can try to recover files from there.

    System Restore Explorer

  21. SaapeXD MoHods
    March 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Step 1: Do not write any new data to the drive you want to recover data
    Step 2: Use a Data Recovery Software to Recover Data (eg: Recuva ) .
    Step 3: Save the Recovered Data in another Drive.

    Hope this helps! :D

  22. Jan Fritsch
    March 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    In general you should be able to recover data using a simple file recovery software. But it depends on what happened since the data was deleted. Every minute you continue to use the hard drive the chances are going down ~ the more activity or file changes happened since the deletion the hire the risk of the data already being overwritten.

    You can find a few suggestions of recovery tools at the MUO Best of page

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