Guide you through some general methods to try recovering files on your business computer.
Method 1: Check the Recycle Bin
If you’ve accidentally deleted files, they may still be in the Recycle Bin.
- Open the Recycle Bin.
- Locate the files you want to recover.
- Right-click on the files and select “Restore.”
Method 2: Use File History (Windows) or Time Machine (Mac)
If you have been using these backup features, you can restore files from a previous version.
- For Windows: Open File Explorer, right-click the folder where the file was, select “Restore previous versions,” and follow the prompts.
- For Mac: Open Time Machine, navigate to the location of the deleted file, and follow the instructions to restore it.
Method 3: Try Data Recovery Software
Several reputable data recovery tools can help recover deleted or lost files, even from a formatted or damaged drive.
- Choose a reputable data recovery software like Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, or Stellar Data Recovery.
- Install and run the software, following the on-screen instructions to scan for and recover your files.
Method 4: Consult a Professional
If the above methods don’t work or if the data loss situation is complex (e.g., physical damage to the drive), it may be best to consult a professional data recovery service.
- Look for reputable data recovery companies in your area.
- Reach out to them with a description of the issue to get an estimate of cost and timeframe for recovery.
Important Note: If you believe the files have been lost due to deletion or formatting, it’s crucial to stop using the affected drive as soon as possible. Writing new data to the drive can overwrite the space where the deleted files are still present but marked as free, making recovery more challenging or impossible.
Always back up essential data regularly to minimize the risk of data loss, and consult with IT professionals when dealing with sensitive or critical business data to ensure the best chance of recovery.