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Video:How to Use a File Recovery Program

with Charlie McKeague

Have you ever accidentally deleted an important file from your computer? This About.com video shows you how to use a file recovery program to find your lost file.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use a File Recovery Program

Hi, I'm Charlie McKeague for About.com and today I'll be showing you the different types of file recovery programs and how to use them.

File recovery systems are great for when you accidentally delete a file from your computer. Using a file recovery program is easy, and usually they do the work for you. These programs will search out and find recently deleted files from your hard drive before they're overwritten.

Recovering Files on Your Computer

All file recovery programs are different, but most operate the same way. You download the file, install the program, and run a search. You can perform a general search of recently deleted items or search for specific file names. Most programs let you choose where you want to search for a file and what type of file you want to search for. Once you find the file, the program will recover it and save it to an already designated folder.

Choosing a Program on Your Computer

The type of program you use depends on what you want to save and where it is. Some programs are designed to only rescue data on your computer while others are designed to grab deleted files from removable media like memory cards, USB drives, and external hard drives.

File Recovery Programs

There are a lot of file recovery programs on the market, so it's important to find the best fit for you. For cash-strapped PC users, programs like Recuva and Glary Undelete offer free and simple solutions to file recovery. If you're using a Mac, programs like Disk Drill can help you find and undelete your files. If you're willing to shell out a few bucks, other recovery programs retail at around $50. These programs have expanded features and can help you backup your files so you'll never lose your work.

Protecting Your Computer Files

Of course, the best way to protect your files is by frequently backing them up. Saving your files to online storage sites, external hard drives, or with built-in backup solutions is the only surefire way to keep from losing important information permanently.

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