Tech Tips By Jane Sheeba / 3 years ago Share Tweet Pin Share In everyday life, you create new files and copy files from various sources. If you do not need any file, you could delete it at any point of time. The deleted files will be stored in the recycle bin. If you delete files from the recycle bin, those files are not visible and they will disappear forever. In this scenario, if you delete some critical files accidentally, you would want to get them back. Even though it is not impossible to retrieve permanently deleted files the retrieval will depend upon various factors. Let us check how we can ensure safe methods so that files can be retrieved if required. Data backup You are advised to take a backup of the data at regular intervals. There is a provision in the operating systems to take a backup of data. You can utilize the feature so that you will be on the safe side. You can take backup copy either on DVDs or on external hard drives. In between DVDs and external hard drives, DVD should be the absolute choice. The very reason that you are taking backup of data present in the hard disk is that the hard disk may crash or the operating system might fail at any point of time. The same risk that you face with hard disk should also be borne by the external hard drive. Hence, DVD is the perfect choice for data backup as you can easily get life of around 20 years depending on their usage. Retrieve Deleted Files: How to go for backup? If you are using Windows 7, you can implement the following steps to backup the data: Start->Control Panel->Backup and Restore ->Backup files You can follow the further steps to continue the data backup. Similarly, if you are using Windows XP, you can implement the following steps to backup the data: Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools-> Backup And, you should follow the further steps to backup the data to the external hard drive or pen drive or DVDs/CDs. How to prevent hard disk crash/failures? If you can provide good and uninterrupted source of power to the computer, you might enhance the life of the hard disk and the mother board. In order to prevent hard disk crash, you might want to incorporate power surge in between the wall socket and your computer. The power surge will manage the differences in electrical voltages. As you go for a good quality power surge protector, you can prevent the chances of hard disk or mother board failures to the most possible extent. You should also install good quality anti-virus software in your computer. This will help you block malicious and virus infected files. As you keep the hard disk clean, your files will not be affected. Can’t we retrieve the permanently deleted files? This procedure should be done very carefully. There are premium tools and free tools as well which help you recover the data that was deleted permanently. Professionals can be approached if you remove the data that was very essential for your business. The important precaution is that you should not use the system after realizing that you had deleted an important file. This will maximize the chances of retrieval of permanently deleted files.