How can I get my files back after resetting my computer to factory settings?

by on May 18, 2011

Q: I reset my computer to factory settings. How can I get back my files?


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    You may be able to get some of your data back using Recuva: http://www.recuva.com/

    The first time you run Recuva, I recommend that cancel the wizard so that you can change some settings in the main program. Single left-click on the Options button in the main Recuva program. Then go to the Actions tab and put a checkmark in every checkbox; putting a checkmark next to the Restore folder structure option should tell Recuva to automatically organize recovered files on your computer. Now that you’ve changed these settings, close Recuva.

    If this doesn’t work, then you’re files were destroyed when you overwrite them performing a factory reset.

    In the future make sure to always keep regular back ups of your important files. If you only have one copy of something important, it’s very easy for it to be lost forever.

    Some suggestions:
    * http://dropbox.com
    * http://crashplan.com