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Using computers, smartphone and tablets may be convenient but if there is one thing that we all risk when we use these gadgets to store information is the risk of data loss. Data loss happens more commonly than you think which is why we are all advised to create backups of all the data on our devices. But sometimes data loss can happen so quickly that you barely have time to create a backup and so unexpectedly that you almost don't know what to do about it. If you have recently experienced a serious case of data loss and you have no idea how to recover lost files, you have come to the right place. This article will offer you 2 ways you can recover your data.

Part 1: How to Recover Lost Files in 3 Steps

One of the most effective ways to recover lost data on your device is to use a data recovery program. But there are so many that often times you are confused as to which one will suit your particular needs. While many of the available data recovery programs are quite effective in helping you easily recover data from your computer, none is quite as effective as iSkysoft Data Recovery for Mac (or iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows). This is because the program is able to seamlessly marry, simplicity, style and effectiveness.

Key Features of iSkysoft Data Recovery:

  • The program has 4 recovery modes and each works independently to help you recover all of the data on your Word document without losing any of the formatting or the layout.

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  • You can easily recover data from a Corrupt document in just a few minutes.
  • You can use iSkysoft Data Recovery to recovery any other type of data including photos, videos emails, documents and other files types.
  • It is also useful when recovering data that has been lost due to accidental deletion, virus infection, unexpected power outages, software crashes and even improper operations.
  • It is also 100% safe to use. None of the data on your drives will be at risk because the program utilizes a read-only process that doesn’t interfere with any of the other data on the drive.

Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Lost File

The following step by step guide will clearly demonstrate just how easy it is to recover lost files by using iSkysoft Data Recovery. But before we begin, you will need to download and install the program to your computer. Just ensure that the application is installed in a separate drive than the one containing the missing data. This it to avoid overwriting the data and improve the chances of you recovering the data successfully.

Step 1. When you first launch the program, you will see the following primary window displaying 4 different recovery modes. You should choose one to recover lost files. Now you can have a try.

launch the program

Step 2. You can select the "Lost data Recovery" mode and you will see the next window below. From here, it is time to select the drive that likely contains your missing data and then click "Scan". If you don't see the drive click on "Refresh Drives" and it should appear.

choose recovery mode

Step 3. Once the scanning process is complete, you should be able to see all of the data on that drive displayed in the next window, including your missing data. Simply select the data you would like to recover and then click "Recover".

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Save the recovered files in a different location, preferably an external storage device to avoid losing the files again.

Part 2: How to Recover Lost Files Using File History

If you are using Windows 8 you might be able to get all of your deleted data back through File History. This is because Windows 8 will sometimes automatically do backups on your files that are available when you need to restore the files.

This is a highly effective and helpful feature of Windows 8 although you may need to turn it on. This will prevent data loss and more importantly may also prevent overwriting of the lost data, making it easier for you to get the data back.

Steps to Recover Lost Files Using File History

Step 1. Go to Settings on your Windows 8 System and then open the control panel. Once the Control Panel is open, look for "Save backup copies of your files with File History". It may be located under "System and Security".

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Step 2. To recover a file from the file history, select "Restore Personal Files" on the left side of the window

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This will show the files that are being tracked with File History. You can double-click on a specific folder to see what is archived. To restore the most backed up version of the file, click on it and the tap the round green button to restore it. In a few seconds the document will be back in its original folder and you can continue to use it as you were.

This method can be quite effective and very easy to do but it does have a few limitations though. Some of them include:

  • It will only be useful if you run Windows 8 or Windows 10, any earlier versions lack the functionality.
  • You may only be able to find the file if a backup was created. Unless the backup is there, you may not be able to get the file back.
  • It will also only work if the file you want to recover was once saved on the device. This method will not work for unsaved files.


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