How To Recover Permanently Deleted Files (2021)

You guys it's dandy back again, with clever files. And today, what we're going to be doing is running through an example file recovery from start to finish with this drill for. So if you've never used disc two before, you don't know where to start, this is the tutorial for you, so I have a thumb drive right here. It's a very standard, typical, USB, thumb, drive, 16 gigabytes.

You can buy these anywhere and what's happened is the file system on this Drive has corrupted. So if I go ahead, and I plug it into my. Pc you'll, notice that what happens is I get a message that pops up saying that I need to format the drive in order for it to be usable on the computer. Now, this obviously poses a big problem because this doesn't just happen to USB sticks. It happens to SD cards, see fast cards all kinds of things right. And in order to get the drive back you're, gonna need to format the card, which poses an obvious issue because you're going to lose all the data if you format the card, but with this fill 4, we can.

Go in and extract the data, meaning that will not only get our USB stick back, but we're also going to get all the data off the stick. So we get the best of both worlds, and that sounds pretty good to me so let's jump into it. Alright? So the first thing of course, is going to be to open up disk drill, it's going to do that. And once it opens you're going to want to be on the data recovery panel right here.

Now, I'm just going to give you a quick overview of the UI. Just in case, you're, not from there. So in the. Middle here, we have all the disks that are connected to the computer. So you have hardware disks and logical volumes. We call this disc list. Then to the left here, we have our data recovery panel as well as our extras, which aren't data protection and Drive backup.

And then under recent sessions, I have all of my recent sessions. But if this is your first time using this drill, this will be empty. So you don't have to worry about that. And then if you go ahead and actually select a drive to the right.

It'll give you all the info and different metadata about the drive as well as the ability to choose your recovery method and start the scan so that's, the overview of the data recovery tab built into disco for now it's time to actually scan the drive so that we can start recovering our data. So once you have the drive plugged into your computer, go ahead and select it from the disk list underneath hardware disks and I should mention here that you'll have better luck scanning the entire hardware. Disk versus a logical volume.

So just keep that in mind, but select the hardware disk from the disk list. And then under recovery methods, just decide all recovery methods. This will just be better for ease and redundancy.

And finally, click search for lost data. So during the scan, you're going to see a progress bar along with some icon indicators to let, you know how the scan is doing. And of course, the amount of time that this will take depends on the size of the drive. So you may need to exercise some. Patience here, and after each scanning method is complete a report of what has already been found will show up here by these colored icons.

And the numbers that show up in the top right corner of each one, which will indicate how many of each kind of file have been found on the drive thus far. And you can even go in and review the items mid-scan by clicking the button in the top right, we're, just gonna wait for this whole scan to finish, so I'll catch you that. Alright.

So upon full completion, the total. Number of files and the size of all, those files will be displayed. And at this point, you can either view or recover the items using the two buttons on the top right, but I'm going to just click review items. So we can actually see what we're working with here. So go ahead and click review items. Now one thing that's important to note if a file can be recovered or not, it must be viewable in the preview window.

So a quick way to do this is just to click the little eye icon next to a file name on the far. Right side here, which will open up the preview icon of that specific file, which will let, you know, if that file is guaranteed to be recoverable or not so that's. Another thing to keep in mind, it must be viewable in the preview window. If it has any chance of being recovered. So how do we navigate the file structure? Well, there are two ways to do it. Number one is the Windows Explorer like structure in the middle here.

We have all the different folders that you can expand and see which files are within. And there are also a series of categories on the left side here pictures, video, audio documents, archives and other. So let's say, you lost a few photos that you wanted to recover well instead of filtering through lots of audio documents videos, you could just skip right to pictures. And you could look through all the picture files that were discovered. This includes JPEGs, PNG. S, camera, RAW, files, etc.

Any kind of picture file will be in this category. The same goes for video, audio documents, etc. Now, Additionally, if you know, the name of the item you can search for it in the search bar in the top right here as well as using the filters by clicking them in filtering files by file size, all the way up to 2 gigabytes and deleted within the last 1 day to 2 years.

Now, keep in mind that these filters while they are helpful. They aren't the be-all end-all for this whole situation because sometimes metadata for certain files can be lost in the event of a mass corruption or mass deletion or whatever so. Just keep that in mind when you're looking through these files is that if they don't show up in the filters that doesn't mean, they're gone just means that the metadata may not be there. So keep that in mind as well. Okay.

So now to recover, you have two options. You can recover all the files, or you can recover some specific files recovering. All is pretty simple, just leave everything unchecked and go down to the bottom click, the recover all button.

It's, pretty simple and straightforward. But if you want. To recover some specific files, you're going to want to go and find the files that you want and then place a checkmark next to each file that you want recovered. And now you'll, notice that the recover all button has actually changed to just recover along with the number of files, that's there, and the total size, collectively of all those files. So what I'm going to do is just recover everything just to show you the real power of this drill here. So we're just going to leave everything unchecked and go down.

And click recover all next. It will ask you to choose a save location, which is your guys know, I typically choose my desktop. So we're just going to do that. And once it confirms the destination, go ahead and click OK. Now, while the recovery is in process, you'll just have to wait, but you should notice that some folders and files should start to appear in your save location.

So I'm, just gonna wait till this is done. And once your files have finished recovering, you should get a notification in the bottom. Right of your screen as well as in distil. Now, at this point, you can either return to the disc list using the blue button in the bottom here or press the back button to continue reviewing the files. Just in case, you think you've missed something. But now if I go to my desktop here, you'll see I have a series of folders.

And if I open one of them navigate through the folder structure, you can see I now have all of my files saved and ready to go. Alright. So now one more thing you should be aware of us. That if we go back to the disc list here, you'll, notice that under recent sessions you now have a new session with the name of your card or your thumb drive or whatever, if you click on that and click, the continue button, you'll be able to pick up right where you left off from that scan, which is pretty cool.

So that's it for this video, a little longer than normal, I know, but hopefully this was able to provide some clarity as well as clear up some issues that you guys may have been having. But if. You're still having issues or problems, please do not hesitate to reach out to our help desk. We are always trying to improve this software every day as much as we can for you guys, but that's going to be it for this tutorial. My name is Andrew. And thank you for watching you.

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