How to recover the lost/deleted data from harddisk or other storage media

Well, yesterday there was a post in oug community on orkut, a guy accidentally deleted one of his important file from his system. He even emptied the recycle bin too. Later he tried many softwares but was not able to recover it. So i thought of writing this article to help people to recover the lost file that is important to them.

WHen you delete the file from your system, it is not actually deleted but it is simply removed from the list of the files in the folder.
If you’re using Windows and you deleted the file using Windows Explorer, the file will not have been erased from the disk. It will have been moved to the Recycle Bin. If you’re a Mac user, it’s moved to the Trash. If you use Linux KDE, it’s the Wastebin. Whatever the bucket shaped object is called, as long as a file remains there it can easily be restored in its entirety, with no problem at all. So the first thing to do when you want to recover a deleted file is look in the Recycle Bin / Trash / Wastebin.
If the file you need isn’t there – if you emptied the bin, used Shift Delete to get rid of the file, deleted it from within an application or used some other method of removing it that bypassed the bin – then it is still almost certainly recoverable. When you empty the Recycle Bin or delete a file using another method, the file is still not really deleted. The file no longer exists as far as the operating system is concerned, and the space it occupied becomes available for re-use by other files. But the disk space does not get re-used straight away, so the data contained in the deleted file will stay on your hard drive for some time to come.

A frequent misconception is that the System Restore feature of Windows Millennium, Windows XP and Windows Vista can be used to recover deleted files. However, it is no help at all. System Restore was developed specifically to restore system files back to an earlier state. Its purpose is to enable easy recovery when a software update, installation or removal has an adverse effect on the system. It provides a simple way to roll things back to a point in time when everything worked.

Chances of recovery

Because the operating system doesn’t immediately re-use space from deleted files, a file can be recovered or undeleted right after it has gone, and for a fair while afterwards. But the chances of a perfect undelete decrease the longer you leave it, because eventually some or all of that space will be re-used.

The chances of recovery also depend on how full your computer’s hard drive is. Windows tries to avoid re-using disk space that has recently been freed, to give deleted file recovery software a better chance of working. But the fuller a drive is is, the sooner the freed-up space is going to be used by other files.

If you have defragmented the hard drive since the file was deleted, then this has severely harmed the chances of a successful recovery. Current files will have been moved into the free space left by deleted files in order to reduce fragmentation, making it much less likely that undelete software will be able to find anything useful.

Tools that can help you undelete files are not provided as standard in any operating system. So you will need to use undelete software.
Recover deleted files
Undelete software understands the internals of the system used to store files on a disk (the file system), and uses this knowledge to locate the disk space that was occupied by a deleted file. As we’ve already said, because another file may have used some or all of this disk space, there is no guarantee that a deleted file can be recovered. But usually it is successful. In fact, users of our recommended product Uneraser have often been amazed to find that it recovers files that were deleted months or even years ago. The best undelete programs give you an indication of the chances of recovering a file intact, and even provide file viewers so you can check the contents before recovery.

The Useful software that may be used to recover the files:

you may use this all in one pack which contains 15 software altogether

Top 5 Data Recovery Apps All-in-One (5-in-1) | These are the best 5 data recovery tools. All you need to recover data enclosed in this package. Serials and cracks are included in this package
Size : 59.00 MB

Includes the following programs (with keygen/crack/serial/etc)

1. Active Undelete v5.1.010
2. Easy Recovery v6.04
3. Final Data Enterprise v2.0
4. Get Data Back v2.1
5. Recover My Files v3.22

How to install

1. Download and extract the software.
2. Run the Top 5 Data Recovery Apps (5-in-1).exe file.
3. Select the product from the left side panel to install.
4. Crack link for the products are also available in left side panel.
5. Install, crack and enjoy the data recovery

:: Download ::
(Size: 59.00 MB)

Another Tool pack which i found is another 15 in 1 pack


One more pack i found which too contains 15 in one pack

Download link:

Portable Data Doctor Recovery PRO -14 in 1


Recovery Digital Camera v3.0.1.5
Recovery Digital Pictures v3.0.1.5
Recovery FAT v3.0.1.5
Recovery FAT and NTFS v3.0.1.5
Recovery iPod v3.0.1.5
Recovery Memory Card v3.0.1.5
Recovery NTFS v3.0.1.5
Recovery Pen Drive v3.0.1.5
Password Recovery v3.0.1.5
Recovery Removable Media v3.0.1.5
Recovery SIM Card v3.0.1.5
Recovery Zune v3.0.1.5
Secure Data Wiper v3.0.1.5
Website Monitor v2.0.1.5

Digital camera data recovery
software retrieve recover repair and restore deleted, formatted, Digital Camera pictures files, lost erased images, photos, video, Flash memory, Compact Multimedia card. Digital Camera Data recovery software is compatible for all types of brands and file type such as Canon Casio Fuji Nikon Samsung Sharp Sony jpg tif gif avi mpeg mov etc.

Digital Pictures recovery
Software recovers and retrieves all lost, deleted, formatted digital photos, images and video images from USB supported removable media and Windows hard drives. Data Doctor’s Software is a comprehensive utility for all type of digital camera, pen drive, thumb drive, memory stick, zip drive, memory cards, flash card, xD card, sD card, mobile phones, smart media, compact flash card and other similar devices. The Software is specially designed to support Windows operating system.

FAT Data Recovery
Software helps in easy recovery of your all-important data lost after an accidental format, virus attack, software malfunction, file/directory deletion or even sabotage. File retrieval software recovers data from deleted, formatted, damaged, or corrupted partitions where FAT based operating systems, such as Windows 95/ 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/XP/VISTA are installed on the hard disk/disco duro or data storage media.

Our NTFS data recovery
software recovers data from formatted, damaged, deleted, or corrupted partitions where NTFS based operating systems such as Windows VISTA, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003 are installed on the hard disk or data storage media.

iPod Data recovery
software restore recover and retrieve lost music pictures video files folders Mp3 Photo songs images iPod memory of accidental deleted formatted reset corrupted damaged iPods including iPod shuffle, iPod Mini, iPod first generation and iPod Nano etc of all capacity including 512 MB 1GB 2GB 4GB 20GB 40GB 60GB and 80 GB audio video models etc and other Equivalent Devices.

Memory card data recovery
software recover deleted photos, lost photos, recover from formatted memory cards, recover photos from damaged, unreadable or defective memory cards, recover images, audio/video, MP3/MP4 files from cellular phones, MP3 players, PDAs, recover pictures from removable storage flash memory of your mobile phone, Digital camera, pocket PC, PDA, handheld computer devices, mobile communicator, mp3 player and other memory card flash storage devices.

Pen drive / Memory stick data recovery
software restore recover and retrieve lost missing, deleted, formatted, corrupted, files, folders, music, pictures, video, digital photo and images from crashed USB pen drive storage media or popular as (Thumb drive, Key Drive, Flash Drive, Compact Drive, Memory stick, Smart Drive etc) in easy and economical way.

Data Doctor?s Outlook and Outlook express password recovery
software recovers and restore lost or forgotten saved password from your Microsoft Outlook and MS Outlook Express account. Restore E-mail or Newsgroup account Password along with the Identity password (multiple user account password). Support all versions of outlook express and office outlook and preview list of users with multilingual password recovery support.

Removable media data recovery
software repair rescue restore recover and retrieve lost missing deleted formatted corrupted files folders Mp3 Photo songs images music pictures video digital photo from thumb drive, pen drive, external, hard disk Drive, removable drive, compact flash memory card, multimedia card, SD card, micro drive, smart drive media, removable flash card memory, Smart Media, Compact Multimedia card, memory card, USB and other Equivalent Devices.

Sim Card Data Recovery
Software recovers your mobile phone sim card accidentally deleted text SMS messages and phone book contact numbers. Data Doctor Sim Card Recovery Software is read only and non-destructive utility restore all lost message. Utility retrieve all deleted contact numbers (phone numbers), unreadable messages, corrupt phone book directory.

Zune music recovery
software is specifically designed to recover and restore all Zune music, mp3, mp4 pictures, video files and folders lost due to accidental deletion, corruption, formatting, improper reinstallation etc. The Non-Destructive music recovery software is helpful in restoring your lost pictures songs, images, file and all previously existing music and data existing on your Microsoft Zune entertainment music player.

Data wiper
securely wipes and removes all deleted confidential files and folders from your computer hard disk drive and USB supported flash removable media and safeguard your computer privacy. The software permanently wipes all unallocated area on your hard disk space and cleans record of your online & online internet activities (including History, cookies, typed URLs and temporary internet files). Data Doctor?s Secure Data Wiper eliminates system files and other application records from your PC.

Website monitoring tool monitors the peak performance and availability of the websites and web based applications status in real time. Simple and well-guided software checks down time, uptime and ping status of various websites on different internet service protocols such as HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, POP3 and SMTP. The GUI wizard sends an alert notification to you in case of your website?s offline status due to server failure and other similar reasons.


The Best Data Recovery Tools AiO – March 2009

Download link:
[around 137mb]

I hope this is more than enough than what is required. Dont be confused. I Have just give what all was available on net readily. I have not uploaded any of them. I have just given the links. Start with simple one and use others if the simple one dont works for you.

You may try some simple softs which support “undelete” facility. They are:

[for windows users]

tune up utilities


[for Mac users]

Data Rescue II

Thats all for now. Hope my post will help you.

Keep visiting because much more to come.

Thanks for reading my post.

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