5 Most Common Cases of Mistaken File Deletion

As we all know, mistaken file deletion is a pretty common kind of data losses. Now, in this article, we’ll expose 5 most common cases of mistaken file deletion.

It’s known that data can get lost due to various factors, including hardware issues, software failures, power surges or outages, virus attacks and human errors, etc. Among all kinds of data losses, undoubtedly, mistaken file deletion has disturbed myriad of users for a long time. Now, here we’ll expose 5 most common scenarios of mistaken file deletion. You can refer to them to make effective precautions.

5 Most Common Cases of Mistaken File Deletion

1. “Shift + Delete”

How do you delete a file as usual on your computer? Some users are accustomed to right clicking on a file and choosing “Delete” from the context menu. And some are used to pressing “Delete” key button. In addition, some prefer to use “Shift + Delete” key shortcut. The former two will only move the deleted files to “Recycle Bin”. Yet, the third one will delete a file permanently. Therefore, “Shift + Delete” is one of the most common cases of mistaken file deletion.

2. Empty Recycle Bin

As mentioned above, common deleted files will be only moved and stored in the “Recycle Bin”. However, sometimes, in order to free up spaces, some users would like to empty Recycle Bin, which will clear all deleted files. But, before emptying the Recycle Bin, you should check the files in it to prevent clearing useful files. Yet, many users don’t check the files, thereby leading to mistaken deletion.

3. Disk Cleanup Tool

With regular usage, your computer hard drive’s storage space will run out. When a drive becomes full, you’ll need to free up space. Windows provides users with an inbuilt tool – “Disk Cleanup”. It can clean up the hard drive. However, at times, it may delete some files by mistake. Thus, you’d better back up your drive before utilizing Disk Cleanup.

4. Antivirus Software

Nowadays, viruses become increasingly sophisticated and rampant. Hence, so as to block viruses, you have to install antivirus software on your PC and configure it to auto detect and kill viruses. Nevertheless, at times, the software may delete your files improperly. For example, when antivirus tool find a suspicious file, it’ll delete it automatically.


As we all know, in Windows, users have a built-in disk repair tool – CHKDSK. It is able to scan a disk for errors and repair them to its utmost. Many users are used to fixing malfunctioning hard drive by CHKDSK. But, in some cases, if your drive issues are serious beyond what it can do, something worse may happen, such as CHKDSK deleting files by mistake. Hence, in case of hard drive failures, instead of running CHKDSK, you are better off first making backup to avoid data corruption, like corrupt Outlook data file.

Author Introduction:

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

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