11 Do’s and Don’ts when Deleting Data by Mistake

In some degree, deleting data by mistake, as one of the most common human errors, is inevitable. In that case, you can follow the 11 do’s and don’ts to avoid further damage and increase the odds of successful data recovery.

Perhaps you have ever deleted any files by accident. If the deleted files are of great importance, it can be quite frustrating and miserable. In this case, what will you do then? Maybe you’ll proceed to reboot the computer or drive and wish that the deleted files can be back automatically. However, the reality may go athwart. At this point, you had better adhere to the following 11 do’s and don’ts to achieve the best chance of recovering deleted files.

11 Do's and Don'ts when Deleting Data by Mistake


1. Calm down

First of all, you have to calm down at once. Many users tend to become annoyed and confused. However, at this moment, any hurry cannot help you get rid of such a predicament. Only keeping calm can permit you to find the correct solutions.

2. Check recycle bin

Then you ought to check the Recycle Bin on your PC. Most of time, the deleted file may not be permanently deleted. They are just moved and stored in Recycle Bin.

3. Analyze your actual case

Also, you should carefully analyze your real case. For instance, you should figure out where the deleted files are stored originally, whether in the system drive, the external drive or the non-system drive. The analyses will make great impact on the later data recovery.

4. Back up data

Furthermore, in order to prevent further damage on the existing data, you should back up them right now. For example, your future attempt of data recovery may lead to data corruption, like damaged PST. At that time, you needn’t worry in that you still have a copy of data in hand.

5. Find reliable ways

You must desire to leave no stone unturned to attempt data recovery. In such case, you will search various ways on Internet. But there are too many undependable means. You should only try the reliable ways.


6. Don’t waste time regretting

Due to this is a mistaken deletion, you must be going to regret this human error. Of course, you can regret it. Nevertheless, you should never waste too much time on this matter.

7. Don’t carry out any operations in the hard drive

What’s more, so as to prevent new data from being written to the suffering hard drive, you should never carry out any operations on this drive. New data will take up the space for deleted files. At that time, recovery will be impossible.

8. Don’t trust in unreliable recovery ways

As mentioned in do’s, unreliable recovery methods are all around in Internet. So, you should keep cautious and carefully identify which is dependable and which is unreliable. Never readily trust in uncreditable means.

9. Don’t use untrustworthy recovery tool

Since nowadays data recovery industry is developing increasingly, there are more and more data recovery tools in the today’s market. Therefore, you should ensure the recovery tool you select is from reputable sources. Don’t try any tools from unknown sources.

10. Don’t install recovery software on the suffering drive

In addition, you should not mount recovery software on the suffering partition or drive as it is writing new data. Data overwrite will directly make data recovery impossible.

11. Don’t recover data to the suffering drive

Sometimes, even reputable recovery tool may fail to recover all your deleted data. If you restore the recovered data to the suffering drive, you won’t be able to do another data recovery due to data overwrite.

Author Introduction:

Shirley Zhang is a data recovery expert in DataNumen, Inc., which is the world leader in data recovery technologies, including recover sql and outlook repair software products. For more information visit www.datanumen.com

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