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How to recover files you accidentally deleted

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You’re working tirelessly on a project for your boss — only to accidentally delete it. All that hard work and the data is lost. Now what?

Well thankfully, there are quite a few ways to recover files when you accidentally delete them. You can recover them or even use a cloud backup so your files are safe no matter what. Kim’s pick? IDrive. Tap or click for 90% off your first year with IDrive.

If you are looking for ways to recover that Word document or photo you accidentally threw in the trash can, here are some handy tips to save yourself.

Look around first

Even if you think you deleted a file, it might still be lurking around somewhere. So try searching for it first. It’s relatively the same on both Windows and Mac. Just head to the search feature on your computer to search for the title of your document or photo.

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For Windows

Use a file recovery tool

There are third-party apps out there whose sole purpose is to recover lost documents. Programs like Recuva can be installed and used to search for recently deleted programs. It scans your hard drive, and you can pull anything important back to your computer.

Locate restored files

Windows has a place that stores files when they get deleted, and sometimes you can recover them if you know where to look. Here’s how to look up restored files on your PC:

  • Type Restore Files in the search box.
  • Choose Restore your files with File History.
  • Search for the file you need and use the arrows to see all of its versions.
  • Select Restore to save it in its original location.

On Mac

Mac is, of course, a different beast than Windows. But there are still ways to find your files if they have seemed to disappear.

From the Trash Can

Often, when you delete a file, it will end up in the Trash Can. If you haven’t emptied it recently, you might be able to bring it back. Here’s how:

  • Open the Trash Can.
  • Locate the file you deleted.
  • Select the file and drag it to your Desktop.

Use a cloud backup service

The best way to protect yourself from accidentally deleting files and from hackers or ransomware at the same time is with a cloud backup service. Cloud backup services ensure that no matter what happens on your computer, all your files are safe somewhere else.

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