Recover Deleted Files on Windows 7 Computers in Minutes
Need to recover deleted files Windows 7? When you lose data on a Windows 7 computer, the last thing you need is a complex recovery tool to get it back! Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery – Home Edition offers a simple approach to drive, volume, and file retrieval on any Windows 7 computer. A recovery utility is designed to scan the physical drive and find files that have been marked for deletion (i.e. removed from the operating system lookup table), but not actually removed from storage yet.
A computer might appear as a detailed composition of hardware, an operating system, and storage: however, each component is fairly straightforward. Files are saved and managed by the operating system, which uses a table to find each file, open it, and save changes. When you delete a file or lose it for some other reason, the data sits on storage until the space is needed for something new. Only the address used by the operating system to reference its physical location is actually removed.
Recovery utilities are able to scan the physical drive and find these files when the operating system cannot. By using Windows Data Recovery, you will be able to quickly track down recoverable data on a computer and restore it to a desired location on the local drive or any desired external storage media. Windows Data Recovery may be used to regain a single file, multiple files, or an entire drive straight from your Windows 7 computer!
A Quick Tutorial to Recover Deleted Files Windows 7
Before you can experience the many benefits offered by Windows Data Recovery, the utility will need to be installed on your Windows 7 computer or laptop.
Once the utility has been successfully downloaded, you will need to follow the installation steps to begin using Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery – Home Edition to regain your data! The tutorial in this document covers how to scan the hard drive for files and to recover one or multiple files. The utility will appear as shown below when opened:
Note: It may also be used to regain data on a number of supported external storage devices, which must be connected to your Windows 7 computer prior to following these steps.
Step 1: Pick a Fixed Drive in the List. Drives on a Windows 7 computer or laptop will appear as “FIXED” in the Drive Recovery list. For most computers, this will be the C: Drive and to select it, all you need to do is click on the drive name.
Note: Any listed drive showing “REMOVABLE” is an external storage device that has been connected to your computer.
Step 2: Scan the Windows Local Hard Drive. The next step will be to scan the drive and find all recoverable files on it. Typically, all you need is a Normal Scan and this option is selected automatically in the panel to the right of the drive recovery selection. An advanced scan may be performed if the data is not found. Click on Scan Now once you have chosen a scan type.
When a scan is performed, every located file will be organized by its storage location within the tree view on the left. These folders will populate as the scan progresses to provide a searchable list of recoverable data. You can view the progress to the right as well as abort the scan if needed.
Step 3: Locate and Select Your Files. It is recommended to use the File Type List option at the top of the tree view. As mentioned above, the results are organized according to their save location. Using this organization method makes it more difficult to find certain types or individual files.
Clicking on this option will inform the utility to organize the scan results by type and format. This means you will be able to click on a type folder (Documents) and then click on a format folder (DOCX) to view individual files of a single type.
If you desire to recover the entire drive, this can be done by ticking the checkbox in the tree view that is the parent folder for all other folders. For this example, this would be File Types(s).
Next, the tree view contains every available file type for recovery including images, documents, and audio files. These folders can be expanded to see the available formats for recovery as well. This grouping makes it easier to recover deleted files Windows 7.
Use the plus (+) sign to expand a type folder and the checkboxes in the tree view to make recovery selections.
Windows Data Recovery – Home Edition also provides the option to preview individual files and select them for recovery. To do this, you will first need to expand the folders in the tree view and then double click on a format folder (i.e. doc, jpg, rtf, etc.).
Each individual file will appear on the right side of the screen and can be previewed by performing a double-click on its name. Please note that not every file can be previewed, as this option depends on the file type and format. To select one or more deleted files, click on the file’s checkbox.
In the example below, several WAV files have been selected for recovery within the Audio folder.
Step 4: Finish Regaining the Deleted Files. Making recovery selections is only part of the process and now you must recover them to a chosen save location.
To do this, first click on the red floppy disk in the bottom right corner of the screen. Then browse to a location and choose it for saving your data. Windows Data Recovery – Home Edition will then perform the necessary steps to finish the recovery.
When one or more files are deleted on your Windows 7 computer or laptop, it might seem like an impossible task to get them back. However, with the right tool and quick action, it only takes a few minutes to safely store the files in any location!
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery provides a user-friendly approach to retrieving files from a local or external hard drive. You can use to it regain one or more files in even the most devastating data situations. The above tutorial shows how easy this utility is to use and can be followed after the install to perform a quick recovery. Simply complete the steps below to recover deleted files Windows 7:
1. Pick a fixed drive in the List.
2. Scan the Windows local hard drive.
3. Locate and select your files.
4. Finish regaining the deleted files.