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How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows Recycle Bin

How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows Recycle Bin

We have all been there: that experience in life where a good day is ruined because you or someone else bins your favorite movie or photos from your PC. That moment ranks high among disasters that alter a person’s life. You can spend days considering whether or not you can forgive the culprit who has made you such a victim. If you have ever been a culprit of this injustice, even though you deserve to be served a restraining order I have good news on how to recover deleted files.

When you hit or click the “delete” button on any file, the interface removes the file from your immediate buffer memory but in reality (or in the virtual world) the file doesn’t really go away. It is just hidden away in the ROM. Have you ever wondered where deleted files go? You could settle for the idea that they just float in the atmosphere, or you could admit that inventors are awesome. The good news is that you can recover deleted files on a PC by following the steps laid out below.

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How to recover deleted files:

When deleting a file from your computer OS you have a chance to permanently or temporarily delete it. Deleting a file temporarily bins the file in the recycle bin compartment of your OS. From there you can easily find the file, right click on it, then click on “recover” and you’ll find the file in the previous directory.

Keep in mind that the process depends on how long ago the file was deleted and the frequency with which you clear your recycle bin. Here are the tips I promised:

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  1. Stay away from your computer. You need to stop using the computer to avoid using the storage, because the only way to actually lose files from your computer is if the space on the hard drive is taken up by some other file.
  2. Get file recovery software. If you have already looked in the recycle bin to no avail then it’s time to fight to recover the deleted file. Get file recovery software and download it in its portable format (i.e. compressed). If you need a recommendation, I suggest Hdata Recovery Software. Download the software onto an external hard disk.
  3. Extract the portable file in the external storage and install the software.
  4. Scan the system. The tool should enable you to scan for recoverable files. The duration will differ across computer models, specifications, hard disk space, etc.
  5. Get your files. After scanning you should have found a list of recoverable files. Now go get them.

You might think that using an external hard disk is unnecessary. It is not critically important, but remember that you don’t want any other file taking up the space your target file occupies so it’s best to be pragmatic.

Recovering files from other systems such as music players, consoles, and cameras is not out of the question but may require more steps since their operating systems are not broad.

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Attempting to recover files from a dead hard drive will take more processes and time to achieve, so keep in mind that the above steps are more suited to basic file recovery issues.

There are recovery software options seen below that provide special alternatives on how to recover deleted files that have been flushed out completely using the Shift+Del Command. This type of recovery software will come in handy when all else fails.

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    With these tips you can now forgive that buddy who lost your favorite photos, etc. to the “delete” button because it is possible to recover deleted files.

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    Last Updated on January 13, 2020

    7 Simple Brain Training Habits to Boost Your Brain Power

    7 Simple Brain Training Habits to Boost Your Brain Power

    Throughout the ages, there have been many beliefs in various tricks to boosting brain power, yet when held up to scientific scrutiny, most of these beliefs don’t add up.

    When I was a child, for example, my mother told me if I ate fish it would make me more intelligent. Of course, there’s no scientific proof this is true.

    Today, there is a myriad of games you can download to your phone that claims to improve your brain’s cognitive skills. While we are still waiting for a conclusive scientific verdict on these, recent studies by neuroscientists at Western University in Ontario[1] and researchers from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia appear to contradict these claims.[2]

    So, how can we really boost our brain power? Well, it turns out there are a number of simple things you can do that will improve the function of your brain. Here are seven to get you started.

    1. Do Your Most Difficult Tasks in the Morning

    Our brains work at their best when they are fresh and energized after a good night’s sleep.

    If you have a task to do that requires a lot of thought and focus, the best time to do that task would be first thing in the morning when your brain is at its freshest.

    This is one of the reasons why checking email first thing the morning is not a good idea. You are wasting your brain’s best hours on a simple task that can be done when your brain is not at its freshest

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    Throughout the day, you will find the amount of time you can focus for will fall. Your decision-making abilities will also begin to weaken as the day progresses. This is called “decision fatigue” and that means the decisions you make later in the day will not be as good as the decisions you make earlier in the day.

    It’s far better to do your most difficult, creative tasks early taking advantage of your brain’s higher energy levels.

    Try to avoid meetings first thing in the morning and schedule work that needs higher creative energy and concentration.

    2. Get Enough Breaks

    Our brains are not very good at maintaining concentration and focus for much more than an hour. Once you go beyond a certain amount of time, doing focused work, you will find yourself making more and more mistakes. This is a sign your brain is tired and needs a break.

    Taking the right kind of break is important. Switching from working on a complex spreadsheet to checking your social media feeds is not going to give your brain the right kind of break. Instead, get up from your desk and head outside. If that is not possible, go to the nearest window and look outside.

    Your brain needs a break from the screen, not just the spreadsheet, so leave your phone behind so you are not tempted to look at it and just savour the view.

    3. Read Books, not Social Media Feeds

    There are no shortcuts to improved knowledge and you are certainly not going to improve your general knowledge about anything useful by reading social media feeds. Instead, make reading books a regular habit.

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    When you read good quality books, you increase your ability to use the knowledge you learn to solve problems as your brain will apply the knowledge you learned to existing situations.

    Learn about economic theory, history and psychology. All these topics have real practical applications for us all today.

    4. Exercise Regularly

    Humans did not evolve to be stationary animals. You need to move.

    Had our ancestors spent their days sat around, they would not have survived very long. To survive and find food, our ancestors had to keep moving. Our brains have evolved to function at their best when we are exercised.

    In his book, Brain Rules, Prof.John Medina explains when we exercise, we increase the amount of oxygen in our brains and this helps to sharpen our brain’s functions.

    In studies, when a previously sedentary group of people began a light exercise programme, their cognitive skills improve as well as reaction times and quantitive skills.

    This is why you are more likely to find the solution to a problem when you are walking somewhere or exercising rather than when you are sat at a desk in front of a screen.

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    5. Get Enough of the Right Food

    You probably have experienced the afternoon slump at some point in your life. This is when you feel tired and fatigued in the mid-afternoon. This is a result of the carbohydrates you ate at lunchtime, stimulating your body to produce insulin which then causes a drop in your blood sugar levels.

    When you go into an afternoon slump, concentrating for long periods become almost impossible and you just want to curl up and go to sleep.

    To prevent the afternoon slump, try to eat a protein-rich lunch such as a tuna or chicken salad without pasta, rice or bread. Keep some healthy snacks such as mixed nuts and dried bananas around your workspace and when you feel a little peckish, eat a few of these.

    Not only will you avoid the afternoon slump, but you will also improve your overall general health and feel a lot more energetic.

    6. Drink Enough Water

    Your brain is made up of about 70% water, so without enough water, your brain will not function at its best.

    When you are not drinking enough water, you will find your ability to concentrate, make decisions and stay alert will reduce. You will feel sleepy and lack energy. Your brain functions at its best when it is properly hydrated.

    The solution is to keep a large bottle of water at your work station and sip regularly from it throughout the day. This will increase the number of trips you need to make to the bathroom which is a good thing. It will keep you moving and taking regular breaks from your screen.

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    7. Don’t Deprive Yourself of Sleep

    You probably don’t need a long scientific study to convince you that if you are not getting enough sleep, you are not going to function at your best.

    You just need to go a couple of days without getting enough sleep and you feel your abilities reduce. Your decision-making skills become erratic, your energy levels drop and your ability to stay focused on your work diminishes.

    If you want to improve your brain’s ability to function, then start with getting enough sleep. The number of hours you need will depend on your own circadian rhythms, so find what works best for you.

    Six to eight hours is usually enough for most people so make sure you are hitting that number of hours per night as a minimum.

    The Bottom Line

    Improving our brain power is not difficult. All we need to do is develop a few simple habits such as exercising regularly, getting enough sleep and eating the right foods.

    These seven tips will go a long way to helping you to become more alert, able to focus longer and make decisions. All simple common sense tricks anyone can use.

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