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5 Best Ways to Restore Data from Windows 10 after Accidental Formatting

5 Best Ways to Restore Data from Windows 10 after Accidental Formatting

For every individual user or organisation, it is important to have a backup plan. If you do not have one, it’s never too late – it would hardly take 10 minutes to set up! Once you set up a backup plan, your precious data will continue to back up on a regular basis. In fact, on Windows 10, it’s much easier than ever before.

With the help of inbuilt utilities, you can easily backup all your important files and folders. If you don’t act now, you might regret letter once your data becomes unavailable due to number of causes like system failure, drive corrupt, accidentally formatted etc.

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Windows 10

    File History

    Introduced with the evolution of Windows 8, File History reappeared in the latest Windows 10 version. It is still considered the most recommended way to backup data. File History has been integrated in the Control Panel as well as the Settings app. File History only backs up files that are located in the user account folder.

    All the data stored at C:/Users/[account name] is backed up. This includes the documents, desktop, downloads, pictures, music and other folders. Any data stored on OneDrive is also replicated. File history is smart enough to detect and monitor folders and files for changes. It then backs up files and folders automatically that have changed or modified. It works similar to Mac OSX Time Machine.

    OneDrive

    In a traditional sense, OneDrive is not a backup solution, but due to its integration in Windows 10, it is considered an efficient medium to backup data. Files stored in OneDrive get synced with the online OneDrive account. The stored data can be accessed from other devices anytime and from anywhere.

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    If, due to any reason, all your Windows data turns inaccessible, you can log in to your OneDrive account from any other machine and all your stored data will be displayed in the File Explorer window. This way, you can get instant access to your data from anywhere in just few clicks.

    System Image Backup

    This backup feature is available in the left panel of the Backup and Restore window. Select ‘Create a System Image’ from the left panel and follow the instructions prompted thereafter. Alternatively, launch File History and then select System Image from the window. These options offer creating an entire image of the Windows system, system settings, operating system and user files.

    The backup can be stored on any external storage media such as USB drives, Network locations or DVD. If you wish the computer to return back to a particular state, you can restore the backup back to machine. If any of the data is found to be missing while implementing manual procedures, you can use third party software to recover accidentally deleted files.

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    Advanced Startup Options

    From the options given under Advanced Startup, you can restore Windows from the system image that was created earlier. It can also be used to perform maintenance checks as well as to resolve certain issues. This feature also works if the Windows 10 machine encounters boot problems.

    To access Advanced Startup Options, open the Settings app and then select Update & Security. Next, select Recovery and click on Restart Now available under Advanced Startup.

    Third Party Backup Software

    There are, of course, external programs that can be downloaded that will backup and if necessary, restore data. Many will continuously monitor all the states of your files like when they’re modified, created, or moved into new locations.

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    As always, we recommend doing stringent research on the available options and products – there are many free software packages for performing data backups and retrievals, but the efficiency and efficacy of the services can vary wildly between vendors and products. With that said, be aware that paid software is not necessarily a better option!

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    Last Updated on December 18, 2020

    Can Technology have Biases Like Humans?

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    Technology has taken a vantage leap in providing solutions for man. Before now, technology used to appear complex and would require a great deal of expertise to handle solutions available. Today, we have technology applicable in the simplest human activities as smart products with intelligent algorithms powering them as they make error-free judgments and provide intelligent and analytic solutions.

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    This article from Credit Suisse, tells us that technology does not have all the answers because it has been found to exhibit “similar biases,” as humans. No one can discredit the impact of technology, but it is not totally free of human input and this is the reason we experience these biases in many areas we have technology holding foot.

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    Creating technological solutions transparently

    This article suggests that the process of creating technological solutions be made transparent and subject to contribution from many people who would end up as users of the product – male, female, young, old, learned, unlearned and all other preferences as we have them. It also underscores the importance of having women on product development teams. This approach is not sure to eliminate all forms of bias, but it is a good way to start in order to appraise the full benefits of technology.

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    Technology as the connecting tool

    Technology so far has been a major connecting tool amongst us humans. It is used and appreciated by all regardless of race, language and sex. In order to keep it less subjective to these arguments about human biases. I believe we should gather opinions on products and solutions before making them available to the public. This could be done by gathering input from intended target users and receiving feedback across the stages of production.

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    “Recognizing the problem is a start…success will depend on inclusive technologies that meet this vast untapped market.” This cannot be more apt especially at a time when we look up to technology for solutions. We should not muzzle our progress with technology by battling algorithm bias. The first way to avoid this battle is by reading this article here.

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