I accidently erased all docs and they aren't in the recycle bin to restore. Can I get them back?

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Mary Ann:
You can install a file recovery software. The best I've seen for a home user is recuvva. Here is the link

https://www.piriform.com/recuva

Scroll down and click the free download OR you can by it…your choice

If recuvva can't find them, then you will have to take it to a professional file recovery company. Be prepared to shell out some dollars if you do. But recuvva is the best on the market so if it can't do it, a professional company is all that's left. But only you can put a price on the value of the return of those files so I can't say if it's "worth" going to a company or not, in other words, only you can.

Just a suggestion, whether you recover them or not, I recommend you invest in a small external hard drive so that you can back all of your files up so that if this happens again you have a safe location where they are to recover them. There are lots out there. I use a 1TB WD that I paid just under 100.00 for a few years ago. It can be purchased anywhere…office depot, newegg, amazon, …the list is endless. It's not the only external option, just saying what I use. But backing up your files to a safe place is what everyone should be doing to avoid what has happened to you.

Who:
Most important thing is

DO NOT DO ANYTHING with your computer as regards installing recovery software DO NOT even turn it on
(deleting files, even deleting from the recycle bin, does NOT remove them from the drive. ALL it does is remove reference to them from the file system – the data itself is still on the drive but cant be accessed (cos its not in the file system) .
Problem is – the locations where the files are, are now available for the file system to overwrite
and THAT means doing anything with the computer could write data into those locations and corrupt the file data)

Install file recovery software on a second computer

remove the drive from yours and add it as an external USB drive (get a caddy) on the 2nd computer

THEN run the recovery software
this will indicate if the files can be recovered and if so they will be recovered to the 2nd computer (obviously you must NOT try recovering to your drive, cos this is likely to corrupt the data you are trying to recover)

You might be lucky you might not be, you might only be able to recover some , all depends on what you have done on your computer since you erased them

(As already said- get yourself an external drive and backup to this (if you just want to backup documents then maybe a 16/32GB flash drive will be ok)
(I use "allwaysync" cos this checks for new and changed files and copies as necessary, so you dont have to bother remembering which files are new or which have changed, the software will copy both
BE WARNED- this software can be set up in a number of ways
One of the ways will delete files on the source if they dont exist on the copy
So obviously if you have a new file you want to copy to the drive, this will delete your original (cos it dont exist on the copy)

Kevin:
If you install anything, you could write over the parts of the hard disk that contained the deleted data! Get something on a USB stick, and don't do ANY thing with the computer until you have restored the deleted files, because even internet access can write new data onto the hard disk, and ANY thing that goes onto the HD could possible overwrite parts of the deleted files.
no1home2day:
If you install anything, you could write over the parts of the hard disk that contained the deleted data! Get something on a USB stick, and don't do ANY thing with the computer until you have restored the deleted files, because even internet access can write new data onto the hard disk, and ANY thing that goes onto the HD could possible overwrite parts of the deleted files.
Smokies Hiker:
It may be possible to retrieve these deleted documents by using the free recovery software Recuva. It is very good at recently deleted files. It can be found at https://www.piriform.com/recuva . I've used it before and was successful in finding a file that I had accidentally deleted. Good luck.
?:
You can use Windows previous versions tab if you have Windows 7. Any other OS you can use Shadow Explorer. As long as you have system restore points, it should be easily recoverable. Not many people know about this and they should. It's saved me a few times.
chrisjbsc:
Yes. Any important documents will be in the off-line backup copy that you take every week.
Any documents that haven't been worth your effort to look after will be lost.
Nicole:
no if they are also deleted from your recycle bin
I had a dream:
maybe most of them using recuva
Carla:
no if they are also deleted from your recycle bin

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