Of all the scenarios whereby one might need to recover deleted files perhaps the most intriguing is attempting to do so after we have reloaded our Windows operating system. Usually this is the very last thing we would want to do. But when we’re dealing with a crashed hard drive the options are somewhat limited. We can remove the hard drive from our computer and connect it by means of cables to a second computer.
Using a data recovery software program downloaded onto the working PC we can then access all of the files both existing and deleted stored on the failed hard drive. Those files can be safely copied to a new location. Needless to say this is somewhat difficult from a hardware perspective. Another option is to recover deleted files after formatting has taken place. Remember whenever you reload your Windows operating system you also as a byproduct of this process reformat that computer’s hard drive and erase all archived files.