Learn How to Recover a Deleted File

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For most computer files, when you click “delete” to throw away a file, you aren’t actually deleting that file in the normal sense. What you’re doing is simply placing the file in the Recycle Bin. Files will remain in the Recycle Bin for a specified time and eventually they will be completely gone.  If your file is in the Recycle Bin, you can easily get it back.  Here are the steps for recovering a deleted file that has yet to age or space out of the Recycle Bin:

First, you must double click the Recycle Bin folder that usually sits on your computer Desktop. Next, you’ll need to  arrange the information so that you can find the title. ex: If you know the name of the file you can click on the “name” column to alphabetically sort the items by name.

Once you have found the file you wish to recover you should highlight it.  Then, you will need to right click and then choose “restore.” This will retrieve the file and put it back in the folder that it was in before it was deleted. If you don’t remember where it was before you deleted it you can always drop down to the start member and perform a “search” for the file name.

Unfortunately, if the deleted file is no longer in the Recycle Bin, it will most likely be irretreiveable by you.  If the deleted file is of extreme importance, you should try to contact a pc professional to find out if they can retreive it using technologically advanced data recovery methods.

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