You have just accidentally deleted your 3 years worth of xxx pictures collection. You sweat, a and desperately wanting to recover the files! How can you undelete them?
No worries. On default Windows configuration, Windows does not delete the files at all when you press the delete button. It simply moved the files to the Recycle Bin! So, to recover the “deleted” files, you simply need to look into the smelly dustbin and bring back your pictures collection.
Now, what to do if you have disabled Recycle Bin? That’s you checked on the setting “Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted”. Don’t worry too much also. Let me explain how Windows file deletion works. Windows does not actually delete the file at all when you press the delete button. It simply deleted the reference to that file and makes the space the file occupied writable again. This means that you can recover most files if you are fast enough.
To help you recover files (when you disabled Recycle Bin), there are two very good software you can try; Undelete Plus and Recuva.
Both Undelete Plus and Recuva (pronounced “recover”) can recover accidentally deleted files from the Recycle Bin, in a DOS window, and even from a network drive. They support various operating systems, including Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/2003. The program support all Windows file systems for hard and floppy drives including FAT12/16/32,NTFS/NTFS5 and image recovery from CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMedia and Secure Digital cards.
Anyway, it’s still best to practice doing backups of your important files. Better be safe than sorry.