If data is accidentally deleted or otherwise missing, one or more of the
options on this page may help recover the data.
It is important not to do anything with the computer until a decision is
Every boot and even every keystroke potentially permanently destroys the
1. Always check the Recycle Bin first.
If the file is there, right click the file then click Restore.
Search for deleted data:
Log in to a profile with Administrator access.
Open My Computer
Click Folder Options
Click View tab
Check "Show hidden files and folders"
Uncheck "Hide extensions for known file types"
Uncheck "Hide protected operating system files..."
Click OK and follow prompts.
Click "All files and folders"
Type the name of missing file in appropriate box.
When finished, go back and set checks to original configuration.
Some 3rd party tools such as Norton System Works have utilities such as
"Norton Protected Recycle Bin"
Check you documentation if you think you may have this capability.
Recover and Restore Deleted Files (Line 36, left
Executive Software Undelete
CD Data Rescue
PC INSPECTOR™smart recovery
Flash Card™, Smart Media™, SONY Memory Stick™, IBM™ Micro Drive, Multimedia
Card, Secure Digital Card etc.
5. Search Google for "data recovery" for other options.