Deleting files by mistake is more common than it seems. But it’s not always a catastrophe because fortunately the file deletion methods Windows uses allow files to be restored from the Recycle Bin in the first place, something that can instantly resolve any inadvertent errors.
But the fact that they have disappeared from the recycle bin does not mean that they have been completely deleted either.
What Windows does with the deleted files is deletes the references to them on the hard drive, but they continue to occupy the same space until they are overwritten by other files. This opens the possibility of recovering them with a thorough scan of the hard drive, a task that is carried out by different programs specialized in file recovery.
Below is a list of the best programs for Windows for file recovery running on Windows.
Recuva is the tool of choice for mistakenly deleted file recovery. Although the most convenient option is to purchase its paid version, its free version is enough for basic needs. It has an assistant that guides you step by step in the process of recovering files considered lost.
Tenorshare 4DDiG not only recovers files deleted from the recycle bin but also the contents of formatted storage drives and lost partitions. It supports over a thousand file types, including photos, videos, songs, and office documents. In addition, it supports memory cards, USB sticks, MP3 players, cameras, drone cameras, etc.
Its main virtue is its ability to detect storage units not recognized by Windows. It is also capable of recovering files lost due to the action of a virus and files that were deleted as a result of a computer power failure.
GetDataBack has a limited trial version. It offers a preview of the results but does not allow them to be recovered, unless a license is purchased. GetDataBack can be used by users of any experience level.