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3 Ways to Recover Deleted Folders

Losing a single file can be extremely frustrating. Imagine losing a folder with many important files, images, and other data. Files do not get lost only when a user deletes them. Sometimes, systems malfunction and hard disks get corrupted. Fortunately, almost every device (computer, laptop, even your smartphone) is designed so that once you delete a file it is not gone forever.

Computers and smartphones handle all of your data in a special way. Once you delete a file or folder, it doesn’t disappear permanently. The system simply labels them for reuse. The files and folders stay intact until new data overwrites them. That is why you should attempt folder recovery as soon as possible.

The first tip is, when recovering deleted files, make sure to recover them to another drive. Why? Well, because recovery means rewriting the file to the drive. And if you are recovering multiple files, some of them may get overwritten during the recovery process. You can save the files you recover to another hard disk, external hard disk, USB stick, or any other external device.

Also, remember that it is almost impossible to recover files from physically damaged drives. Even the most expensive recovery softwares will not be able to recover the files completely, partially only. Here are a few of the best rated recovery tools for you to try out.

Top Three Tools For Recovering Files and Folders

1. Recuva

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Folders

If you are looking for the best free file and folder recovery software, it would be Recuva. First of all, Recuva is extremely easy to use. All you have to do is choose whether you are looking for a certain file or you can scan all files. Then, you can choose the desired drive, or scan all of your computer’s drives. Recuva supports FAT, exFAT and NTFS file systems.

After scanning the drives, Recuva will display all the files found (with previews for images). If you want more user-defined scan, then choose Advanced Mode. Advanced Mode provides more options, such as Deep Scan. Some reviews have proven that Recuva is more effective than some of the premium recovery softwares out there.

2. PhotoRec

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Folders

Before we say anything about PhotoRec, do not get scared by this picture. Many users are repulsed by PhotoRec because of its DOS-like interface. But, you know what they say – never judge a book by its cover.

PhotoRec is a very powerful recovery software which can be run by Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Sun Solaris and even • FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD. This software can work with most of file systems and device types. The knowledge of more than 200 file formats raises the chances of your successful photo recovery.

When it comes to the program’s complicated-looking interface, the truth is PhotoRec is very simple to use. The program “holds your hand” and walks you through every single step of the recovery process. PhotoRec is based on functionality, not the interface.

3. Wondershare Data Recovery

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Folders

But sometimes, freewares are not enough. If you are looking for one of the most powerful recovery tools there is, then you have to try out Wondershare Data Recovery. You can try the program out for free, and if you like it you can purchase it for only $39.90.

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What is so great about Wondershare Data Recovery? Well, let’s start with the supported devices. Wondershare Data Recovery supports Recycle Bin, memory cards, hard drives, removable drives, flash drives and even digital cameras/camcorders. So, basically it supports every device there is.

Wondershare will help you recover your deleted folder in no time because of the wide variety of supported file types. This undelete tool can recover all document files, photo, video, audio, archive files and even messages and emails.

Wondershare Data Recovery will not only recover folders and files deleted by accident, but also files which were deleted because of improper operation, computer viruses, hard disk crashes, or even fragmented partition structure.

Now, we may have confused you. If you have accidentally deleted a folder not so long ago, then a free software is the right choice for you. The chances are that your files will be recovered. Free softwares such as Recuva and PhotoRec support a lot of file types. Recuva is free and easy to use, while PhotoRec is also free, but it may look complicated for some users. These softwares provide the easy (free) way out.

But, if freewares cannot locate your folders and files, or recover it successfully, that is where Wondershare Data Recovery steps in. It supports more filetypes, and it is more developed and more effective than free softwares. This program can recover files and folders that were deleted even a year ago.

Mac users will be disappointed after reading the following sentence. Recuva and PhotoRec do not support Mac OS X. But, don’t worry there are still many free undelete tools for your system.

However, Wondershare Data Recovery supports Mac OS X. Here is a simple tutorial for Mac users on how to recover files deleted from trash using Wondershare.

First step is to choose the Lost File Recovery option. This option restores files from a partition (or even a removable media), no matter if it was deleted by Comman + Delete or emptied from Trash.

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Folders

Then, scan the desired drives, if you have more than one drive on your Mac.

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Folders

When the scan finishes, all of your deleted files will be listed with their original path. Files you emptied from Trash are in the "Trash" folder. If you remember the file name, you can search it in the search bar.

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Folders

The last step is to save the files on another disk or partition.

3 Ways to Recover Deleted Folders

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