Accidentally deleting something important is a big fear, especially among new computer users. When people first start using a computer, they often worry about doing something ďwrongĒ and losing important stuff. If you understand a couple of principles, you can lower the odds of losing information.
Realistically, a lot of misconceptions surround the process of deleting. First, in most software programs, if you accidentally delete something important, you can probably ďundoĒ the action. The Undo command is almost always located in the Edit menu, and the keyboard shortcut for the Undo command is almost always Ctrl+Z. Knowing the Ctrl+Z command by heart is your best defense against dumb mistakes because in many programs, you can only undo the most recent thing you did. If you press Ctrl+Z right after you realize your error, you may not lose anything.
Deleting files is a little more complicated, but the same advice holds true. If you accidentally delete something, the sooner you try and get it back, the more likely you are to recover the information. In every version of Windows since Windows 95, the Recycle Bin saves aside everything you delete until you empty it or it runs out of space. You just double-click the Recycle Bin, find the item you want to get back in the list, right-click and choose Restore. However, with that said, not everything goes into the Recycle Bin when you delete it. If you delete a file from a floppy disk or other removable storage devices, thereís no Recycle Bin for them, so itís difficult to get your file back.
Data isnít actually removed from your hard disk when you delete it, so itís not really gone. The only thing that is deleted is the information that tells the disk where the file is located. The data is truly lost when another file is written over the same location on the hard disk. So depending on how much time has past and how many files have been written to the hard disk, you can even restore files that you accidentally emptied from your Recycle Bin using special utility programs.
Of course, even with Undo and the Recycle Bin nothing beats having a backup of your data. A backup also helps in the event of hardware failure. Itís a computer, so itís not a matter of if hardware will fail, but when, so be prepared.