Recovering Your Files Through Hard Drive Recovery Softwares

April 17, 2018

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People in the computer age would often work with plenty of computer files in their day-to-day operations. These files could include spreadsheets, documents, and other important articles that they use to work well. The problem lies in the fact that a simple touch of a button could render all of these files lost and useless.

If this happens to you, then you may feel that you are already hopeless. Actually, you do not have to fret, as the great thing is that unless you use special software to do a disk recovery erase program, then you would still be able to recover your files. You would be able to get back your files through the various hard drive recovery softwares available.

How does it work?

The hard drive recovery softwares available would often scour the hard drive for traces of the file that you have deleted. These little traces may be scattered all over the drive and would then be pieced together by the software so that you would be able to get your files back again.

Scouring the hard drives for the pieces or the traces of the file can be quite time consuming, as the computer would often scatter them and bury them underneath other types of data. As such, the hard drive recovery softwares need a special algorithm so that they would be able to give you your files back.

Again, the caveat is that you should have just used simple deletion or overwriting methods if you want to recover your files. If you had inadvertently used a program that was really meant to do a disk recovery erase, then you are lowering your chance of recovering the file. This is because it uses a special command that would ensure that all the files are sufficiently buried and inaccessible by the software.

However, people who use disk recovery erase software are not that common. If you are simply using delete button or sending to recycle bin, then you would have a better chance of recovering your file with the use of hard drive recovery software.

23 Comments

  • Harry S. Anchan April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Probably, THE best one on the subject. Very clear and straightforward. Thank you.

  • SomeDude April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Hmm.. reinstall the OS 1-2 times a month… wow. I'm not sure why web development would impose this requirement, I've done web, SOHO and application development and gone months to years without reinstalling my OS.

    I'm not sure what issue reinstalling addresses, but I'm guessing its file or environment corruption; addressing this with a full OS restore is a bit like swatting a fly with a sledge hammer. I'd suggest you move to a virtual PC Setup or a sandbox environment (e.g. Sandboxie for example, not endorsing it, Just one that came to mind) Either option should offer a faster more robust solution without the risk of data loss from a full restore of the system's OS.

  • Kan Kannx April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    after I build a recovery media, all the data on the hard disk loss , the disk was partition into 2 , but the remaining partition can not be ready (435 G) OTHER than the boot partition,what can do to get the data back ?

  • Dark Effects Studios April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    +Me Just
    (I cannot reply to your comment for some reason, it is not allowing me)

    Virtual OS.
    Windows 10, within Windows 7 using VirtualBox
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcFohQqDhYo&index=1&list=PLoGpay6XnQnQ3MB2P0ub__yD8Wy-Frpla

    Different things that you can do with the Virtual Machine.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoGpay6XnQnSoF1GrM_8UW5sI_cKfJ_Aq

    Have not done a Paragon 15 lesson yet, however, I think I might jump into that one, as it is always good to know how to backup your data.

    Hope the above links help.
    Wayne

  • Big Bear Lio April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Hi there! Thanks for this tutorial, very useful.
    But I have a problem (with Paragon 2015 and when I'm trying to create a backup image of my system). When the software is collecting data for the backup, it appear a popup windows with:
    Raw processing is needed for Volume 0 on disk 0 (Partition ID – 0*1). Do you want to process this volume?
    That's my SSD OS drive and I think is something on sector by sector image, but is it safe for my drive and my OS??
    Thanks in advance

  • Cesar Dragunsky April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    If you're corrupting your OS by doing web design, you're doing something wrong…

  • Luciérnaga Patagónica April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    i don't get it… my problem is i got a problem with my windows 8.1 and i can't access to mi pc per se.. i mean, the screen flicks and the only thing that i can access it's task manager. but i can't do anything there too.  so, i needed to reinstall windows… i have 2 partitions and i got windows install in c: aswell as a folder that i need to get. 
    So…. can i burn this program to a dvd, put it in my pc, then, put an external hard drive and make a backup of all c: and D: to that external hard drive?

  • Ronald Braun April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to explain how to use Paragon.

  • Free Gmail April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

     what happens if you can't access the image, say the drive that you saved the backup to gets bricked, or say your windows O/S gets bricked ?

  • Sergio Aguilar April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I will change my Windows 7 32 bits to 64 bits, so, I need to do a backup of all my programs and files, its easy with a disk image but I'm wondering if when I will restore all my files after installing a new Windows, my old windows will be restore again? How it works, can I select what I want to restore as my programs and photos etc.?

  • Rossi Ramdass April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    I must say I really enjoyed this video and I did learn alot about Paragon. I must say its actually alot simpler than Acronis True Image.

  • Chewyid April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Very very true. Your main C Drive should already be formatted to NTFS after the restore is complete. It, you wanted to reformat the backuped drive( Not the C Drive), the one you restored from, then right-click on computer and go to manage, then select Disk Management. From here you can see all of your hard disk drives, and what their format is. You can also choose and select other disk drives to be selected or reformatted as you wish.

  • Chewyid April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    it should keep the 300GB partition. as long as the target disk is the same or larger the restore should work. there is no reason to make a 70GB partition 1st. Unless you want to.

  • Chewyid April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    No. You can not restore from one operating system, to another. i.e. WinXP to Win7. You can only restore the OS you made the backup of. in your case WinXP. A Disk Image is a "Photo Copy" of the actual Hard Drive you are making the BK of. everything, the OS, the Programs, the Game, & the Data(Docs,Music,Pics), Everything.

    Hope this answers your question.

    COMPTIA A+ & Network + certified

  • irishanime08 April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    wil this be able to restore bkf? i made a back up from my xp 🙁 and i cant open it using windows 7.. can i use this tool? most tools i saw, are those that u need to pay.. or cant read bkf.. just pbf ;( please help..

  • carrzkiss April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    The new version will work with Windows 8
    Go to the paragon site, and download the newest version of the FREE software.

    Good Luck

  • D800Lover April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Does it work with Windows 8?
    I have Win8 on a 128GB SSD and want to upgrade/migrate to 256GB SSD.

  • carrzkiss April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Perform the same procedure every time that you need to update your backup.
    Over-writing the old backup.

  • Fred T Allen April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    How do you update the backup?
    I am constantly adding files and programs and want to keep my backup current.

  • Pudiing's April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Hey buddy, can you help me?

    i'd like to migrate my windows to a new HDD, and using this function the new partition will be the same size as the old partition?

    My old partition is 70GB, and I want my new partition 300GB, so Paragon will reduce the size to 70GB, or it will keep the 300GB + my Files?

    Thanks.

  • cb8034 April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    thank u for this i thought a iso had to be loaded like the 2009 version but in 2010 and above it is that pbf file

  • karthik April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    thank u for reply…great video…

  • karthik April 17, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    i followed all instruction and done. no problem at all.

    i want to ask u something, after backup, is there any way to format c drive and recover the backup. please reply me. please please…

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