Most of us remember at least one occasion when we unwittingly formatted a hard disk, memory card or USB flash drive or otherwise emptied the Recycle Bin only to find out moments too late that there were important files there. You might understandably assume, that once the data has been deleted in this manner, then it is forever irretrievable. After all, Windows does warn you by default, that when you carry out such a task, the files are going to be permanently deleted. What most people don't realise, however, is that there is always a window of opportunity during which you should be able to get your files back intact in the vast majority of cases. Data recovery software such as Active File Recovery exploits this fact and gives you the best chances for getting back the files you thought you had lost for good.
Contrary to what Windows might lead you to believe from the warnings it gives before you empty the Recycle Bin or format a disk, no data is actually permanently deleted during such processes. Until something else physically overwrites the original data, it remains hidden on the disk. The previously occupied disk space is flagged as being available by the file system, hence you will notice that the drive has more free space after deleting the files. However, the data remains completely intact until something else overwrites it, and this may occur during any file copy or creation process, such as happens when you install a new program. Until that actually happens, however, Active File Recovery should be able to retrieve the data. You'll want to use it as soon as possible, and avoid writing any further data to the disk until you have recovered the files. As is the case with any such data recovery operation, the sooner you act, the better. If you act quickly, Active File Recovery will almost always be able to successfully get back your lost files intact.
Active File Recovery is useful in a whole range of data loss scenarios. It can scan for and recover files removed from the Recycle Bin as well as files which bypassed the Recycle Bin upon deletion due to them being too large. Files may also be recovered when they were lost due to accidentally formatting the disk, deleted by malicious software or lost due to a power failure. Even if the entire disk partition or volume is deleted or damaged, this software provides you with a great chance of getting your data back. The program supports all hard disks using file systems natively supported by Windows, Macintosh and Linux-based operating systems. It also supports USB flash drives, memory cards and other removable media.
The latest update now includes a 64-bit executable, increased memory limits, virtual disk support, faster scan times, more pre-defined file signatures, and it comes with the latest editions of Active@ Disk Editor 4, Active@ Partition Recovery 10, Boot Disk Creator and the driver pack for it. Find out more at http://www.file-recovery.com/ .
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James A Ashton is a data recovery specialist who uses specialized software to help his customers recover data from damaged or formatted hard disks and other media.
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