It’s easy to undelete files in Windows. The first thing you do is to check the Recycle Bin. More often than not, you’ll be able to find and restore a file from there. Thanks to the Recycle Bin, you can easily undelete files once you realize they weren’t meant to be deleted in the first place.
There’s no doubt that the Recycle Bin helps lessen the chances of losing files. You can always check it before you do anything drastic. However, you do need to know that the Recycle Bin does not keep deleted files forever.
The Recycle Bin does have a capacity limit and, when it’s full, Windows will empty it automatically to reclaim hard drive space. If you regularly have second thoughts about files you’ve deleted, this may cause problems, so if you have a large hard drive with lots of free space, consider increasing the Recycle Bin’s capacity.
Increasing the capacity of the Recycle Bin is a good option especially if you don’t clean it out regularly. That way, you wouldn’t have to worry about the files you’ve deleted. If you have no idea as to how to increase the capacity of the Recycle Bin, here’s how you can do it.
Right-click the Recycle Bin icon and choose Properties. When the dialog box opens, make sure the ‘Custom size’ option is selected and type a larger number in the box next to it. This is measured in megabytes (MB) and 1,000 megabytes is one gigabyte (GB). A number that’s around 10% of your hard drive capacity works well. This works in all versions of Windows and remember that the Recycle Bin will only use this amount of space when it’s full.
Seems pretty easy, right? Even if it’s pretty easy to increase the capacity space of the Recycle Bin, you still need to consider the fact that it will reach the maximum capacity. What that means is that you can’t really rely on the Recycle Bin to keep deleted files. What if it reaches the maximum capacity and it wipes out all your deleted files?
Another way to undelete files is to make use of the System Restore feature of Window.
To use this feature, open a window and browse to the folder that contained (or still contains) the file or folder you want to recover. Right-click the file/folder and select Restore previous versions.
When the dialog box opens, select the version of the file/folder you want, if there’s more than one copy (look at the ‘Date modified’ column), and click the Restore button.
The thing about System Restore is that you have to enable it first. So, if you’re not able to find the deleted file with System Restore, chances are, the recovery feature hasn’t been enabled yet. To avoid losing your deleted files forever, you have to make sure that the System Restore is enabled. Here’s how you can do it.
Open the Start menu, type ‘system restore’ into the Search box and click Create a restore point in the list of results.
When the dialog box opens, click the Configure… button and make sure ‘Turn on system protection’ is enabled.
These are just simple ways to undelete files in Windows. The thing is, what if System Restore doesn’t work? Even worse, your computer is slowly failing and you desperately need to recover some important data from it?
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