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Anybody with experience using backup to recover deleted files, not whole system?
Anybody with experience using backup to recover deleted files, not whole system?
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October 31, 2013
9:14 PM
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October 21, 2013
Anybody with experience using backup to recover deleted files, not whole system?
Is backup any good for that, for going back to a previous state of one’s operating system to recover a limited number of files that are missing? If so, how do you do that?

My only backup is My Documents on Google Drive. More on the mess I find myself in at



Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Pentium® 4 CPU 2.66GHz
x86 Family 15 Model 2 Stepping 9
2.05 GB of RAM
Graphics Card: Intel® 82845G/GL/GE/PE/GV 
Graphics Controller, 64 Mb
Hard Drive Size 114.4GB
Free Space was 35.8GB; now under 20GB because after backing up My Documents on Google Drive, Google Drive has duplicated the whole darn thing on my hard drive
Motherboard: Dell Computer Corp., 0G1548
Antivirus : Webroot Internet Security

November 4, 2013
5:14 AM
Forum Posts: 1
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November 4, 2013

There are only two ways to recover lost files. The first one is to have a backup. The second one is to use recovery tools.

1. Backup

a) You use a backup software to do daily/weekly/monthly/yearly/… incremental/full backups.

b) You use a partition backup software from time to time to save the current state of your system. Not many software allow you to recover a single file with this method though.

2. Recovery

a) You install a recovery/undelete software. Never install anything, or write to, a partition where you want to recover/undelete a file from. Usually, a portable application is always better as, theoretically, nothing is written on the system partition (I said theoretically because it’s not always true; some portable apps use the registry: check for any .bat file and look inside).

b) Results are unpredictable.

3. Be smart

In order to prevent or minimize the loss of data, you do your homework first.

I mean, if you count on Windows to help keep your data safe, you’re making a big mistake. Because Microsoft does not like competition, their OS is organized in such way it limits the possibility to manage intelligently your system. For example, everything is stored on the Windows partition “C:”. When the OS is screwed up, chances are data are so too.

a) You should have at least an external HDD (or a USB/SD card for what it matters) to store backups and important files. A secondary backup won’t harm.

b) You should have at least one or two partitions for your data, and one dedicated to all temporary/cache files. At any time, a memory flush can compromise the chances to recover files.

c) You should have another OS on your main HDD. Or, a live OS (live CD, bootable USB key). The purpose is to be able to boot the PC without touching the partition where you lost the files.

d) Never store any data on “C:”, period. Needless to say, never keep backups on your main HDD.

e) Always delete to the Recycle bin.

4. Why I don’t use the cloud?

a) An Internet connection is required.

b) The cloud is not safe nor secure: the service may go down or its terms revisited, files could be stolen, you must be pro-active and manage the cloud as well… If you don’t know it already, you cannot trust third-parties vendors.

c) Sync must always be on; then, if you delete a file locally, it will be deleted on the cloud too unless you tell the service to not delete but then folders are not synced and the cloud may unnecessarily keep obsolete files.

d) Depending on the service, uploading could be very slow. Then, uploading is not 100% safe –a bit or two may be missing or mixed up.

e) Etc.


Whenever a problem occurs, the first thing to do is power off the machine immediately. If you have a laptop, unplug the cord (and, for laptops, the battery): this is the only way to prevent disk writes.

For the moment, I won’t got further because:

1) I got to go

2) You may think my advice does no address correctly your problem

If you want, I can tell you what I’ve done with my 2008 laptop running 5 OS and 5 partitions for data, and which software I use for backup/recovery.

December 1, 2013
7:23 PM
Becky Hu
I know there is a kind of tool can help you to recover data which is been deleted.

I used it before and it helped me out of trouble. This tool is very safe and flexible, and furthermore, it is free.  

 You can visit this website for more information. I really think this tool can help you to solve this trouble, you can have a try.

February 23, 2014
9:40 PM
Forum Posts: 4
Member Since:
February 20, 2014

Recently i used this application that can smoothly remove my all issues related to the Windows data loss.

So i recommend you all try this tool if you have data loss trouble…… it will really help you………..


Main Source –


Free Download –

March 5, 2014
3:44 AM
Forum Posts: 21
Member Since:
February 6, 2014

If you want best data recovery software than go for this third party tool

March 6, 2014
1:49 AM
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
March 6, 2014

I know that there is a Hard Drive Data Recovery Software which is capable to recover entire hard disk data whether it is related to any kind of data loss circumstances. Windows Data Recovery Tool helps you recover hard disk data which may be in any size, manufactured by any brand like Seagate, WD, Scandisk, and Toshiba etc.

March 17, 2014
11:02 PM
Alfred Smith
Forum Posts: 16
Member Since:
February 25, 2014

It was unwise not to have backup copies of your data on a second external hard drive.
Even if you hadn’t made that check up, you need to realize that all hard drives fail eventually so you need to be prepared for that. You can try the windows partition recovery software, but make sure to sort best one.Laugh

July 3, 2014
12:20 AM
Forum Posts: 18
Member Since:
March 25, 2014

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