This is guide on file recovery I created on a now defunct website (expect more original stuff in the future though) that people actually visited so I thought I’d re-share what I previously created (And better since I am also providing a Windows tutorial too.)
***FIRST RULE OF FILE RECOVERY, DON’T USE THE DRIVE IF YOU WANT TO RECOVER A FILE FROM IT***
I am running Windows 8 at the moment so this guide should work on all current versions of Windows (XP SP3 – 7)
There are many pieces of software on Windows that will happily charge you a fortune for their services but since I am a broke student I will avoid paying at any cost (whilst still legal enough to publish next to my name )
The software I will be using Recuva from Piriform software which has brought out other great software like CCleaner, Defraggler and Speccy.
- Download and install Recuva
- It should open to the welcome screen of its Wizard window, just click next.
- Choose the type of content to recover, I’m looking for photos on an SD card
- On the next page I chose the on my media card or iPod option (Use this option if you are trying to recover from a USB stick as well,) otherwise click the option most relevant to you
- Depending on how long ago you have deleted the file (say over a week of use) you may have to enable the Deep Scan option on the next page. If you have just lost the files and haven’t used the device with the data on it just click next.
- If it doesn’t find any files on a quick scan it will prompt you to do a Deep Scan anyway.
- Recuva should now be scanning the device you have selected. (A slow 2gb SD card took about 5 minutes on a deep scan.
- Select the files you want to recover (some files may have no name and may be damaged)
This software recovers from a rather pedestrian set of filesystems that would be used in average Windows systems, if you are looking to recover from something more exotic you are better off looking at my next guide. Click here to jump to the advanced file guide [not yet ]