TWO SIMPLE WAYS ON HOW TO RECOVER DELETED FILES
If it ever happens that you deleted some files and empty the windows trash can afterwards, just to realize that you deleted some very important files and you don't know what to do to get them back. Well don’t worry about it, I will show you two simple ways on how to recover deleted files from your computer.
You see when you delete a file; the file isn't really gone, windows just takes it out of the registry, think about it this way if you look through a book’s index or table of content and somebody ripped one page out of it, that doesn't mean that the topic is gone on the book just the table of content, well windows also works on a similar way.
1) How to Recover Deleted files using Shadow copies
This option only works on windows Vista / 7 / 8 from time to time windows is constantly creating new copies of your files, which means that you can recover any file you have deleted. Now the only catch is that this feature is only available on the professional versions, to recover a file just go to the folder where the files used to be, right click on it and choose show previous versions you will see a list of the different copies created.
If you happen to have the home Editions there is another utility called shadow explorer that you can download for free and use to retrieve shadow copies, you see windows vista / 7 / 8 home editions have the shadow copies built in but they don't make it available for home edition users.
2) How to Recover deleted files using Recuva
Recuva is a Free Data Recovery Software that allows you to recover any deleted files including: Pictures, Music, Documents, Videos, Emails etc. It works a little different than shadow copies, because it searches for the actual file that was deleted so the sooner you recover the file the better, because since is out of the registry windows can write new data over the file you are trying to recover just go to www.piriform.com and download a copy, Recuva is free for personal use.