If Evolution Happened in Your Hard Drive, EaseUS Would Bring Back the Dinosaurs
Wow! EaseUS Recovered All My Deleted Files
I always assumed a deleted file is completely gone, never to be found ever again.
So, you can imagine the pleasant surprise I had on learning that a deleted file is not only still present in your hard drive, but is also fully recoverable.
But I had to see it with my own eyes, or else I wouldn’t believe it.
First, I had to find the most reliable data recovery software for the job. And what better data recovery software than one which has gained the trust of millions of people globally: EaseUS.
I got the software, went ahead and deleted a whole bunch of my favorite videos, pictures, documents and other files. And I put EaseUS to the task.
You know what happened?
The software recovered every single one of my files!
Here’s one of my favorite videos that was recovered:
Honestly, if evolution happened in your hard drive, EaseUS would literally bring back the dinosaurs.
I’ll show you the step-by-step process I used to recover the video and other files.
But first, you’re probably asking:
- Apart from deliberately deleting a file, how would anyone lose files?
- What happens when files are deleted?
- How does data recovery software work?
- Which data can be recovered?
Let me first answer those questions, and then I’ll show you the exact process I used to recover my deleted files.
How People Lose Important Files
To understand why anyone would need data recovery, you have to know what causes data loss.
Obviously, no one intentionally deletes their own critical files. However, many mishaps happen, which cause such unexpected data loss.
The most notable causes of data loss include:
- system failure or hard drive crashes (the most common cause)
- human error (perhaps you accidentally pressed the wrong key which erased your file)
- software failure or software corruption
- computer viruses or malware
- natural disasters like exposure to heat or wet conditions
- power surges or unexpected power loss
- improperly removing mass storage devices
In some cases, you may have deliberately deleted a file which you no longer want. Then you later discover some use for the file.
By understanding the causes of data loss, you can better prevent such incidents.
In the unfortunate event that you do lose your valuable data, you should know exactly what happens when your files are deleted. This will help you understand how recovery can be done.
What Happens When You Delete Files?
So, you’ve accidentally deleted your files. What exactly has happened to the data?
Has it disappeared into thin air?
Before you even assume your data is lost, you should first check the recycle bin. Most deleted files typically end up in the recycle bin. And you can easily get back the deleted file by right-clicking on it and selecting “Restore.”
Even if you emptied the recycle bin and your file is well and truly deleted, it’s still not completely gone.
When a file is deleted, what the computer does is remove the path to access it. The ones and zeros making up the data for that file are still very much intact on your computer, but now that space it occupies is made available for storing other files.
If you don’t use your hard drive immediately after deleting a file, the ones and zeros making up that file will stay in the hard drive for years.
If you do use the hard drive, for whatever purpose, the space that stored the deleted file will likely be overwritten. That increases the chances of permanent data loss.
By now, you likely see why data recovery is a possibility – not some magic trick.
How Data Recovery Software Works
Once you know what happens to deleted files, you probably have a rough idea of how recovery works.
When a file is deleted, the path to access it is removed, moreover using the hard drive can also overwrite parts of or all the file data. Therefore, recovery is about locating the lost file and finding as much of the missing data as possible.
The data recovery software gathers up all the data in the hard drive which doesn’t have any file path or directory information. If the hard drive was overwritten, the software gathers as much of the pieces of data as can be found.
But, does that apply to all types of data?
Which Data Can Be Recovered?
You’re probably still wondering if recovery works on all forms of data.
Understandably, different types of files have varying complexities, which can present challenges in data recovery.
Fortunately, EaseUS data recovery Wizard can recover multiple file formats, including:
- Documents: DOC/DOCX, PPT/PPTX, XLS/XLSX, PDF, HTML/HTM, CWK, INDD, EPS, etc.
- Graphics: JPG/JPEG, PNG, TIFF/TIF, BMP, PSD, GIF, CRW, NEF, CR2, ORF, MRW, SR2, DCR, RAW, WMF, SWF, RAF, SVG, DNG, etc.
- Video: AVI, MP4, MOV, M4V, 3G2, 3GP, WMV, ASF, MKV, FLV, MPG, SWF, RM/RMVB, MPEG, etc.
- Audio: AIF/AIFF, MP3, M4A, WAV, APE, WMA, MID/MIDI, VQF, RealAudio, FLV, MPG, MKV, M4V, OGG, RM/RMVB, AAC, APE, WMV, etc.
- Email: PST, EMLX, DBX, etc. (Outlook, Outlook Express, etc.)
- Other files like archives (ZIP, SIT, RAR, ISO, etc.), exe, SITX, etc.
And it doesn’t stop there.
EaseUS can perform data recovery on multiple devices, including PCs/laptops, external disks, hard drives, SSDs, microcards, USB drives, camcorders, music players, digital cameras, video players, CF/SD cards, RAID, pen drives, and other storage devices.
The software can be installed on both macOS and Windows PCs. And it’s compatible with a whole range of file systems, including FAT (FAT12, FAT16, and FAT32), exFAT, NTFS, NTFS5, ext2/ext3, HFS+, ReFS, APFS, HFS+, and HFS X.
What’s more, it can maintain the folder organization of your files and even recover complete partitions and drives.
However, every good thing has its limits.
For EaseUS, or any other file recovery software, it’s usually a bit more challenging to recover larger file sizes compared to smaller ones.
To understand this, you need to know how data is stored in your hard drive.
Here’s how your hard drive may look like after some time of storing data on it:
As you can see, the large file may end up having pieces of it split up across different sectors on the hard drive. That’s unlike the small file that will generally fit into one sector or continuous adjacent sectors.
A large file that’s probably 20 GB in size can be split up to thousands of pieces. Hence, recovery software might not locate all the parts, since some can be corrupted or may be overwritten.
That means the recovered file may have specific problems, such as:
- a document that’s not readable
- a video that’s not complete
- a file that can’t open
Fortunately, all these issues can be sorted using various features in EeaseUS.
Considering all that EaseUS can do, I just had to test it and see for myself.
My Step-by-Step Data Recovery Process Using EaseUS
After having researched on everything about data recovery and evaluating all that EaseUS can do, I felt confident about deleting my valuable files just to see if I’ll get them back.
Here’s the recovery process I followed.
1st Step: Run EaseUS Data Recovery Software
Once you run the EaseUS data recovery software, it scans all available drives on your computer.
Once it finishes reading the disk information, you get a display of the available storage drives in your PC.
2nd Step: Select the Storage Device
Now that you have a display of the available storage devices, you can select the storage device where you lost your files. In my case, I chose the USB flash drive where I had deleted my files.
3rd Step: Scan for Lost Files
The next step is clicking the “Scan” button, and EaseUS will start scanning for all lost and deleted files.
You’ll notice that the deleted files are found first, and the software continues scanning for other lost data.
The software has a great user interface which shows you the ongoing progress. You can even see the progress on the taskbar icon. So you can be doing other things on other drives as you wait for the scan to complete.
4th Step: Preview the Found Files
When scanning is complete, you get a list of all found files. Here you can click on the eye icon on the top right corner, to preview each file. The preview allows you to view the contents of the file, as long as it’s 100 MB or less. If it’s more than 100 MB, you’ll have to recover it first to see the content.
As you can see, I recovered all my content.
Here’s a preview of the Word document (text blurred for privacy):
Here’s a preview of the image file:
Since the video is larger than 100 MB, it cannot be previewed.
5th Step: Recover the Lost Files
All that’s left to do is to recover the lost files and get things back to how they were. Just as if nothing was ever lost.
Select an item and then click “Recover”:
You’ll get the option to pick where to store the recovered data. As a general rule, you shouldn’t store the recovered files in the same storage drive that you lost them in.
Once I recovered the video file, I could now play the video.
How cool is that?
However, you’ll notice that one of my recovered files, the .zip file, didn’t open. That too can be fixed.
How to Fix Recovered Files that Won’t Open
If you recover some files, like the .zip file, which won’t open, you still have several options to get it to open.
Several issues may prevent the file from opening, including viruses, file corruption, data overwriting and even disk fragmentation.
Fortunately, EaseUS also recovers files that have been fragmented or corrupted. You can get them in the section labeled “Extra Files.” Here, the files might no longer have the original names, but you can preview each to find the one you’re looking for.
Once you find the one you’re looking for, select it and recover the file.
If it opens, great.
If it doesn’t, you still have the option to repair the corrupted file.
Repairing Corrupted Files after Recovery
Despite being unable to open it, the good thing is you have a recovered file.
You can use an effective file repairing software to help you open it. This applies to all manner of files, including documents, pictures, videos and many other types of files.
Some of the file repairing tools you can use include:
- System File Checker
- Stellar File Repair Toolkit
- Digital Video Repair
- Hetman File Repair
- Repair Toolbox
I’ll highlight System File Checker since it’s an easy-to-access inbuilt tool in Windows, which can sort out corrupted file issues in your PC.
Here’s the process of using it:
- Go to Windows Start Menu or Start page. On the Start menu or Start page, go to the search tab and search for Command Prompt.
2. Right-click on the Command Prompt result, and select “Run as administrator.”
3. The Command Prompt Window will open up with a blinking cursor where you can start typing your commands.
4. Now, type this command exactly as it is (with the spacing between): sfc /scannow
5. When you hit Enter, the scan process will begin. It will take some time, so be patient. You can see the progress shown as a percentage of how much has been scanned. It will count up to 100%.
6. Once scanning is complete, you’ll get a message stating whether the Windows Resource Protection found any corrupt files and if it fixed them all.
You can then check if your file can open.
And that’s how to recover your files.
As you can see, EaseUS is undoubtedly a must-have tool for anyone reliant on a PC.
Best to have it installed beforehand. When anything gets lost, you’ll be ready to fix it before things get worse. If you delay, you’ll likely do something that will make the deleted file unrecoverable.