Hello! I recently had problems with deleting files that I didn't mean to get rid of and came across a neat software utility called Active@ UNDELETE.
Basically, this software is designed for a wide variety of data recovery uses, including simply recovering deleted files from the Recycling Bin (even after you empty it), but also for recovering deleted partitions and other things. It helped me out a lot, so I'm going to tell you guys a bit about it.
To start off, from when you launch the program, everything is really neat and organized. There's a bar down the left side, showing the different recovery options, then a list of operations under each option, a list of the different tabs that are open in the program and a help bar on the right side.
Everything is pretty easy to navigate, on one page, making any operation you'd want to perform only a few clicks away. And the different things that this software does are abundant! The basic operation though is "Recover Deleted Files", where you choose what to scan and it scans it for you. My 600GB HDD took less than a minute to scan.
Then it pops up with a list of deleted data, organized in the folders in which they used to be. Most of the stuff consists of hidden, system files that serve functions I have no idea about, but you can select the Recycling Bin folder and find whatever you need. The only real issue is that the names get changed around, so you might need to spend a bit of time looking through and finding what you need. After that, choose what you want recovered and it'll recover them to a folder. All set! And if there are any troubles along the way, the "Help" bar was pretty helpful in getting me through the entire process.
What was also interesting about this software was that it also offered Disk Image options, allowing for the user to back up their files so that they are kept safe for the future. Through a few steps, naming it and choosing what disk to use, you can create a mirror image of whatever disk you want so that if something were to happen to your disk, you would be able to easily recover all your lost data. This software has that operation too, among a few others:
As you can see, Active@ UNDELETE is a great disk utility. It's solid, quick, easy to navigate and simple to figure out. With the range of services that this software offers, it is a great buy and a program I would recommend to anyone who is in need of data recovery services.