Free file undelete tool for Windows systems

runs on Windows
screenshot of FreeUndelete

Back in the day, when you deleted a computer file, it was gone. That's still true on Unix-y systems today. Then came Mac's Trash and Windows' Recycle Bin, two variations on the "it's not gone 'til it's gone" theme. But once you take out the garbage, or delete anything while working in a Terminal window, it's gone. Except it still really isn't. While systems vary in how they deal with deleted files, generally there is a way to get them back. And that's where a tool like FreeUndelete comes in.

When you put this app on the case, it will go out there and find all the deleted stuff on your system. Once it's identified them, you can decide which ones you want to bring back from the Bit Bucket in the Sky. That mostly-finished report can live again; those wedding photos you accidentally deleted because they had a non-obvious name will once again shine for all to see. A product like this isn't going to necessarily bring everything back, so you do need to pay attention to what you're doing on your system. And make sure you follow their instructions so that your recovery efforts don't make a bigger mess than what you started with.

A Windows application, FreeUndelete can help you with both NTFS and FAT file systems. It's free for personal use.

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