Recovery: the last step in total data security

Fred langa By Fred Langa

In recent issues, I’ve described Windows 7’s four levels of built-in data protection, each with differing capabilities for preserving your data.

Now I’ll tell you how to dig the data out of your backups, whether it’s a single file, a folder — or even your entire drive contents.

This extensive, multipart data protection is easily the best ever built into Windows —possibly any desktop operating system. Used properly, Win7’s tools can help you get closer to the Holy Grail of data management: the total prevention of data loss.

Stated more simply: Win7’s built-in, data-backup-and-recovery systems can ensure you might never again experience that awful “Oh, no!” feeling when you realize an important file has been incorrectly altered or deleted.

Here’s what we’ve covered so far:

  • 1. If you need to recover a file that was very recently deleted — within hours or maybe days — you can probably retrieve it from the Windows Recycle Bin. Need a quick refresher? See the Microsoft article, “Recover files from the Recycle Bin.”

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About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.