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Navigating Data Loss: How to Recover Lost Files from Your Hard Drive

When files are deleted or lost from an SSD, it could be due to various reasons like accidental deletion, malware or virus attack, hardware failure, etc. However, if some filenames still exist but appear empty or smaller in size, it may suggest some form of corruption. Here are some steps you can take to attempt to recover these files:

  1. Check the Recycle Bin: If you’ve accidentally deleted the files, they may still be in your Recycle Bin.
  2. Restore Previous Versions: If the files were recently changed, Windows has a feature called ‘Restore Previous Versions’ that could help. To do this:
  • Right-click on the file or folder which contained the lost files.
  • Select ‘Restore previous versions’.
  • From the versions available, select the version at a date before the file was lost or corrupted.
  1. File History: If you have File History set up, you can restore lost or changed files with it:
  • In the search box on the taskbar, type ‘restore files’, and then select ‘Restore your files with File History’.
  • Look for the file you need, then use the arrows to see all its versions.
  • When you find the version you want, select ‘Restore’ to save it in its original location.
  1. Use a File Recovery Tool: There are various file recovery tools available that may be able to recover your data. Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and Disk Drill are popular options. Please be aware that successful recovery is not guaranteed and may depend on how the data was lost and how the SSD has been used since the data loss.
  2. Data Recovery Service: If none of the above steps work and the data is extremely important, you might want to consider using a professional data recovery service. These can be costly but may have more advanced tools and techniques to recover data.

Remember, it’s essential to regularly back up your data to avoid such problems in the future. Using a service like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or an external hard drive can save a lot of hassle.

Lastly, try to avoid using the SSD as much as possible until the data is recovered. When new data is written to the drive, it can overwrite the “lost” data, making recovery more difficult.