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Recover deleted files with Windows 7 shadow copies

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There are times when by intention or by mistake we delete some of the files and even empty them from the recycle bin, but after performing the action find that you have lost one of your file that is being needed to meet certain requirements. Ending up in such a situation is just not what can happen to me or you… people tend to get in that groove now or then. The article details on “how to recover your deleted files in Windows 7”.

The deleted files on a operating system always resides somewhere on the hard drive it is just that you should be aware of how to recover it.

Windows 7 has a feature that gives you a option to recover any of the deleted or a modified file to restore it to its previous version. Windows OS has a system called previous versions which makes a copy of your files into a folder that Windows saves as a back up or restore point. These copy of previous versions are also called shadow copies in tech terms.

How to setup shadow copies

Open System Control Panel >> Click System Protection (in the menu on the left) >> In the resulting dialog, check the drives you want to shadow;

Access this feature by right-clicking a file or folder and selecting “Restore previous versions.” It enables you to go back in time and access your files and folders as they were on previous dates. You can preview each file in a read-only version to determine which file to restore. Then, to fully restore it, you can just drag the file to a folder, or select it and click “Restore” to restore it to its original location.


Written by fixwin7

April 23, 2010 at 9:39 am

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  1. Shadow copies are a great addition to Window. Thanks for informing your readers!


    June 11, 2010 at 6:03 am

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