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5 Ways to Recover Your Lost Files


Ever work all night on a presentation and later discover something went wrong with your computer and the file did not save properly? Losing important files and data has the potential to become a workplace disaster. The good news is, it may not be lost forever. Here are some common problems and solutions:

1. Accidental Deletion of a File

When you accidentally delete a file, first check the recycle bin on your computer. If that fails, open the application you used to create the file and look for recovery options. You should contact a professional immediately if it can still not be found. The file will usually remain on your computer temporarily until is it overwritten completely.

2. Corrupt File

If your file becomes corrupt, try opening it with an alternate application. For example, MS Word documents can often be opened with text-edit. You may still be able to access the text without the original formatting. If that fails, contact a professional for help recovering your corrupt file.

3. Software Crash

Many applications provide file recovery in the case of a software crash. If this happens while you are working on a project, your first step is to restart the application. You might still have access to your file using the “recover unsaved work” feature. If the application does not offer this feature, contact a professional.

4. Operating System Issue

An operating system issue occurs when your Windows or OS will not start up properly. Unless you have advanced technical knowledge, it is best to contact a professional in this case.

5. Hardware Failure

Hardware failure is a problem with the physical parts of your computer or technology. This can include CD scratches, hard drive melting or disintegration, and physical impact. Parts of the hardware can often be replaced to restore functionality and recover your files. Always contact a professional to be safe when dealing with hardware failure.

Remember, internet research can not replace the technical knowledge of a specialist. If the lost files are critical, always contact a professional immediately. Lost files will eventually become completely overwritten. The sooner you get in contact with a professional, the greater your chances of recovery.

If you need professional file recovery services, DMS Forensics can help. Reach out to us using our online consultation form or call 484-955-5664.

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