We often delete unwanted documents, photos, music and video files that has been accumulating dust and taking up precious hard drive space on our PC. And it often happens that we end up deleting an important file or two only to realize much later what we have done. Luckily, with free tools like Disk Digger, we can recover deleted files easily.
When you delete files they don’t get wiped off the disk. The file system will only mark the files as deleted and will not show you the files when you are searching for it. Disk Digger will scan your files system for such deleted files and shows them to you so that you bring them back again.
DiskDigger can recover deleted files any type of media that your computer can read including hard disks, USB flash drives, memory cards, CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks. You can view the recoverable files as a list or as thumbnail previews.
It features two operational modes: Dig Deep and Dig Deeper. Dig Deep lets you undelete files from FAT (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32), NTFS, and exFAT partitions; recover any type of file, filter recoverable files by name and size, and sort the recoverable files by name, size, date, and directory. Dig Deeper lets you scan entire disks for traces of specific file types.
One point to note is that after a file is deleted, the file system is free to overwrite its contents with new data. The new file that is saved by the file system will overwrite the previously deleted one and if that happens the deleted file will be lost forever. The undelete process will therefore be effective only for files that you have deleted very recently. You will have to bear that in mind before you use Dick Digger.
How to Recover Deleted Files Using Disk Digger
1. Download DiskDigger from diskdigger.org.
2. Extract the contents of the ZIP archive and run the EXE file. You don’t have to install the application, just run the EXE.
3. The Disk Digger window opens up showing all the disks on your PC. Select the disk that contains your deleted files and click Next.
3. In the next screen, select the scan option. By default, Dig Deep is selected. You can retain this option the first time you scan and click Next.
4. The next screen will show all your deleted files. Select the files that you want retrieved and click Recover selected files (at the top of the window).
5. In the Browse For Folder pop-up window, select the folder where you want the retrieved files to be saved. You are advised not to save the file on the same drive as the one you are recovering from.
6. Your files will now be saved in the desired location. You will have to rename these files again as they will have a system generated name now, which may not make much sense to you.
That’s it! Your deleted files are now retrieved and ready for use. Disk Digger is a free utility, but you can obtain a single user personal license for $14.99. You can also use Disk Digger to recover photos and videos on your Android device.
You can get all the details about the application here. Do check it out and let us know if it worked for you.