Category Archives: Recover Lost Data

Clearing up the confusion of recycle bin recovery types

Recycle bin recovery is often confused with the process required to reinstate the Windows recycle bin icon when it has been accidentally deleted from your computer’s desktop. To do this all one need do is right click the mouse on the desktop and follow a series of defaults. Most recycle bin recovery refers to the need to recover files from emptied recycle bin storage. This is the number one cause of accidental file deletion when working with a computer.

Very often we think we will no longer need a file or application and drag it over to our Windows recycle bin. So long as we do not empty the bin we always have the ability to open it and restore any file it contains. But once the bin has been emptied those files are permanently deleted. Fortunately there are programs for recycle bin recovery designed to help anyone regardless of their level of computer expertise to locate files that have been emptied from the recycle bin prematurely.

Photo recovery for complex proprietary digital image files

Digital photo recovery presents a unique situation different than most simple file recovery problems. The reasons for this are two-fold. First, recovery of lost image files usually takes place in two different locations, these are the hard drive of your computer and whatever storage media being used on your digital camera. Second, digital photo files are stored in both conventional image file types such as jpegs and proprietary file types as created by the camera manufacturer.

For example Canon Digital SLRs store their files onto the attached high density secure digital card in the unique Canon format. There are two of these, .crw and .cr2. Your digital photo rescue tool must be expressly designed for Canon file recovery. It must be able to recognize these proprietary file types and reconstruct them. Most general purpose data recovery tools are not designed to recognize unique file types. While they may be able to find common image files, rarely are these programs capable of Canon file recovery.

Recovering files lost in a damaged Outlook inbox

Very often people who use the Microsoft Outlook e-mail client wake up to discover that either emails are missing from their folders or that their Microsoft Outlook inbox is no longer allowing entry of mail. The most common reason for this problem is that the Microsoft Outlook database known as a PST file has become damaged or corrupted. Because this storage location, the PST file, is actually a type of database most corruption to it occurs in the form of damage to the file creation tables.

In terms of a simple explanation consider these tables as headers to the stored data. In order to repair Outlook inbox damage and return your application to functionality you’ll need a program to recover Outlook PST information. Microsoft Outlook repair software accomplishes this by scanning your Outlook PST file and comparing it to a known valid application. The program then replaces the corrupted components restoring your Outlook client to operation.

Using the proper tool to recover your Mac information

Would you attempt to drive a nail by using a screwdriver? This is a valid comparison of what people attempt to do when they try to recover Mac files using a program designed for Windows. Many companies that produce Windows data recovery software try to sell the public on the idea that their programs will also suffice to recover Mac data. This is true on one very small level.

Theoretically if one were to download a Mac recovery program that uses Windows as a platform onto a Windows PC and connect that PC to a Mac it might be able to recognize a few files and recover them. But actual Mac recovery is a far more complicated process. The difficulties involved in recovery of Mac files are much more complicated than can be explained in a simple article. The main point to understand is that unless a software utility specifically loads on to a Mac computer and from that Mac can either connect to your hard drive or access connected devices is not a true Mac recovery program.

Restore files lost from SD memory cards

The base SD card was developed in 1999 and was limited in size to 64 MB. That size would hardly be of value today. SD cards quickly grew in capacity to 256 MB and 512 MB. At the later stage they began to find great favor in use with digital photography. As cameras upped their pixel count SD cards grew to match so that a standard of around 100 digital photographs stored was maintained.

The standard today for SD cards has grown to 4GB. Beyond that number the cards are actually referred to as SDHCs. When attempting to restore lost data from SD card media one merely treats that device as one would any external digital media that is connected to their PC or Mac. To undelete pictures from SD card media simply connect the card to your PC by means of a built in slot or a card reader. You will then need to download a Remo Software photo recovery program and direct that program to read the drive containing the SD card.