How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows and Mac

How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows and MacHave you accidentally deleted your files from the hard disk? Do you desperately need to recover the deleted files back in the original form? Well, you need not panic!

It is possible to recover the deleted files or data back from the hard disk  (even after you have Shift+Deleted)  provided you act as soon as you realize that the files are deleted and use the best deleted files recovery software.

In this post you will find a detailed information on how to recover the deleted files back from your Windows PC or Mac.

How Deleted File Recovery Process Works?

When you delete a file from your computer, (or even from the recycle bin) the file is not actually deleted. Unlike what most people think, whenever a file or data is deleted from your computer, it is not permanently vanished or dropped out from your hard disk. Even though the files appear to have been deleted, they can still be recovered successfully.

Let’s take up a small example of a book containing 50 pages. Suppose when you delete the page 25, assume that only the entry in the index which points to the page 25 is deleted and not actually the page 25 itself. Likewise, when you delete a file from your hard disk, only the pointer which points to this file is removed and not actually the file itself. This file still exists intact and is 100% possible to recover it back in the original condition. In this condition, the file becomes invisible and hence appears to have been deleted.

Recovering the deleted files 100% back in the original condition is very much dependent on the efficiency of the data recovery software you use. So, it is necessary to make a right choice when it comes to the selection of file recovery software.

Today, there exists hundreds of data recovery tools and software programs on the market which boast to recover 100% of all the deleted files back in the original condition. But in reality, most of these programs are neither effective nor capable of recovering your files back. So, when it comes to Data Recovery, I recommend the following program as the best:

  1. Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery (for Windows)

  2. Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery (for Mac)

Stellar Phoenix is one of the best company specializing in deleted files recovery services and solutions since 1993. Stellar’s Data Recovery Solutions encompasses a wide range of software for almost any data loss situation ranging from accidental formats to virus attacks to software malfunctions. Hence, Stellar provides the best tools to recover deleted files with over 1,000,000 satisfied customers across 137 countries.

What are the Chances of Recovering my Files Back?

Since the operating system doesn’t immediately re-use the space from the deleted files, it is most certainly possible to recover the deleted files back in 100% original condition. It may take up a very long time for those files to be completely deleted since the modern hard disks have ample capacity. Hence the chances are too less that the space from the deleted files are re-used immediately.

So, it is really worth to try out the file recovery software like Stellar Data Recovery for Windows or Stellar Data Recover for Mac. Some files are reported to have been recovered even after years of its deletion. However, for the best results, it is recommended that you use the file recovery software as immediately as possible.

Recovering the Deleted Files:

In order to recover the deleted files, all you need to do is perform a scan (search) for the deleted files using a File Recovery Software. Please be informed that there is no manual way to recover the deleted files. The Phoenix Data Recovery software performs a thorough scanning of the hard disk sector by sector and will locate the existence of deleted files to restore them back in the original condition. It is the only software that supports 185 popular file types including Windows NT Registry, JPEG, MP4, GIF, BMP and MS Word files. The software offers rich graphical support and incorporates advanced scanning methods to completely scan and recover deleted files from your hard drive. With this recovery software, it is possible to

  • Recover FAT16, FAT32, VFAT, NTFS, and NTFS5 file system partitions
  • Recover deleted emails
  • Recover deleted documents
  • Recover deleted photos
  • Recover deleted music
  • Formatted Hard-Drive recovery
  • Recover files from USB Drives, CDs, DVDs and memory cards
  • Recover almost all the camera format files

Visit the following links for more information on Stellar Data Recovery:


  1. Abhijeet
    March 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    Hi shrikant.
    I have use one data rec software.But it just show data which is deleted but when i ask for recovery it says you have to buy.Will it same problem for this software which you have given.

    • Srikanth
      March 29, 2010 at 6:51 PM

      @ Abhijeet

      Yes you need to buy the software before you can recover the deleted files. The trial version will always be limited

  2. Jackson
    March 30, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Yes you need to buy the full version although stellar phoenix provides a free demo version which confirms your data recovery and shows the recoverable files on preview. its great to see your recoverable files and then just save them and start resume recovery which recovers your data were you stops.Stellar Phoenix Mac which i used is awesome and total money saver and time saver as well.

  3. bachir sidani
    April 17, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    i formatted my pc does it work in this case!!!plz help!

    • Srikanth
      April 18, 2010 at 4:57 PM

      @ bachir sidani

      It will work even after formatting is done. So try out!

    May 21, 2010 at 11:39 PM

    will it works with windows7?

    • Srikanth
      May 22, 2010 at 11:36 AM

      @ MANDEEP

      Yes it works on Win 7…

  5. Ajinkya
    May 23, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Hey Shrikant,I have read your tricks since many days and tried few of them and they worked too.
    Thanks to you and keep writing such articles.

  6. Kevin
    May 24, 2010 at 4:17 AM

    Data recovered but not working :(!!!

    • Srikanth
      May 24, 2010 at 10:54 AM

      @ kevin

      This happends when some portion of the recovered data is misssing or corrupt. That is the reason you are advised to act asap when the files are deleted.

  7. Kevin
    May 24, 2010 at 11:52 PM

    So is there any way to recover data in its full form?

  8. Kevin
    May 26, 2010 at 12:19 PM

    But is’nt there any way to get data in its full form

    • Srikanth
      May 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM

      @ Kevin

      It is possible to recover 100% of all your data using recovery softwares. However it all depends on the condition of the deleted files. If the files are in good recovery condition it works to 100%. If they are corrupted then you will have to settle down to what you recover!

  9. prem
    May 28, 2010 at 11:40 PM

    hi sir i have a problem on data recovery,my os is windows7 and it was good but i have locked a drive with a bitlocker encryption and i forgot it while formatting my pc and i deleted it while formatting and again i formatted my pc so,can i get the data back which has deleted ,pls answer this sir i have some important data in it.

    • Srikanth
      May 29, 2010 at 6:21 PM

      @ prem

      You need to use a data recovery software to get back your deleted files. However there is no guarantee that your data will be restored by 100%. If it very important, then it is worth giving a try.

  10. Dhruv
    June 22, 2010 at 1:48 PM

    Good post, Helped me recover my deleted files :).

  11. Saikat Dutta
    June 26, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    if the files are not deleted then the harddisk size will remain same… but it does not happen so in real..harddisk size get less after deleting files.. what does it happen actually?

  12. srikanth
    July 13, 2010 at 11:07 PM

    hi srikanth,,

    i have seen your articles which are very useful but.. why don’t you publish some freeware software for eg., for data recovery you can use the “recuva” freeware s/w which we don’t need to buy at all.

    hope you could see into this which would be very useful for everyone.


  13. luis
    July 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    hey i used regestry easy and that has a tool that so tha you can recover files

  14. riyadi
    July 22, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    nice tip…

  15. menthol
    August 8, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    hi srikanth i want a code of recovering file on cmd or prompt with all process

  16. focus
    August 18, 2010 at 4:47 PM

    hey shrikant,
    my seagate 250Gb. hdd is not detected in BIOS Suddenly
    & i have shocked b’coz of it. all the data,projects,pic’s are gone.
    so, is their any way to get /start that Hdd/data.

    please help…..!

  17. wakas
    September 10, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    can recovery b done if there is a defragmentation or cleaning of registries of missing files is done.thnx

  18. Pranit
    September 13, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    My boot has got corrupted.
    My os is windows 7.
    How to recover the data?
    And it doesnt even detect my hdd.
    Could u help me out with this?

  19. roger
    October 5, 2010 at 10:51 PM

    i have a question . if the pointer is deleted then how does the recovery software search for the files ??

    • Srikanth
      October 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM

      @ roger

      Recover softwares have their own algorithm to trace the contents present on the hard disk. It will perform a thorough scan and locate those files that have a missing pointer.

  20. Pankaj
    February 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Hey shrikant
    i made the virus(Spaceater) (posted by you) which will fill the hard disk space then i deleteed the file via recycle bin but the the root drive space remained same
    please heeeelp help bcoz i am left with only 100 mb space

    Following details may be helpful:
    1) i changed



    and renamed it bcc32.cfg
    then compiled spaceater.c

  21. sujan
    March 16, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    will the viruses also recover when we recover deleted file???????/

    • Srikanth
      March 17, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      @ sujan

      If the deleted file was previously infected, then the same infected file would be recovered. However, in most cases the malware programs will only delete the files without actually infecting them. If this is the case, the file will be recovered without the presence of any virus infection.

  22. cedric
    September 5, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    my mom got pissed at me for accedetaly deleting years of photot but thx to Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery i got it all back still got in troulbe

  23. vichitra
    October 4, 2011 at 6:53 PM

    is it possible to recover data through cmd?????????

  24. Akash
    January 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    awesome tricks….luvd it
    gives 2 much knowledge. Hats off sir

    March 1, 2012 at 5:51 PM

    YA…..BUT RECUVA IS ALSO A OPTION….. and wat is your thought about win 8….awsme windows……..loke a phone software……..

  26. Uttam Shah
    June 9, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    u said that if we delete files…it doesn’t mean that file is actually deleted …only pointer pointing the file becomes deleted……then if it is not possible to fill those sectors by sm new files which were containing the deleted files….!!!!….there is sm prblm wid me…sm data is accidentally deleted from my PC when my HDD ws almost half filled…….bt nw my HDD is fully filled by sm nw files…… tell me if it is possible to recover those data…??

    • Srikanth
      September 4, 2012 at 2:39 PM

      @ Uttam Shah

      Recovery may be possible. But cannot guarantee it.

    August 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Hey can I recover pics from my laptop, after it has been formatted?
    and it has quite been a long time like 2 or 3 months.

  28. rajender
    October 9, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    i formatted my pc accidentally so all my data is been gone.if i m using any software its asking for license key & paasword.where can i get for steller ?

  29. piyush
    October 13, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    hai srikanth sir i m your bigggggggggeeeeeessssssssttt fan pllllllzzzzzzzzzzz can u tell me that is there is any other sowtware for recover the data in the .rar file? .as soon as u see this plz help bcs all that are my familys photos and i m scolded also for it by my parents

  30. Garishma
    January 26, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    hey.. is there any software which allows u to recover ur files or data for free.. i mean without purchasing the software.. please help..

    April 7, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    hello Srikanth I had recovered my data but the software has only recovered 130GB data I think its due to my internal hard disk space which is 180GB can you tell what is the solution as I have to recover 2TB hard disk or can you tell me how to change the recovery location from internal hard disk to any other external hard disk

  32. sabrish
    January 3, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    I have a tried a different but if a recover any software files for ex:a exe file.It saying your file is damaged or corrupted.This process done after recovering that particular file.What is the possibility that i can recover it properly to use it & what sofrware tool should i use?.

  33. Raju
    January 31, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    What if we formatted the disk ?

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