PDF Recovery – 2 Ways to Recover Deleted PDF File from Hard Drive

Valyn Hua

Aug 15, 2018 09:00 / Posted by Valyn Hua

Hey dear, I need your help about my problems. I have the laptop but now it is not working due to other technical issues. Now I want to recover a PDF file from the hard drive. But when I try to recover the data, it shows the blank hard drive, meaning my all data is removed. I don’t know how to recover it - that is why I am looking for the technical expert who can solve my this problem."

What is a PDF file?

PDF – short for Portable Document Format - is a file format used to exchange and present documents reliably. PDF files can contain links and buttons, form fields, audio, video, and business logic. PDF file preserves all the formatting, fonts, graphics, and color of any source document, making them look the same on any device.

What is a hard drive?

The hard drive is the main, and usually largest, data storage hardware device in electronic devices like computers. The software, operating system, and all files are stored on the hard drive.

Typically, each hard drive will be divided into one or more partitions, each represented by a drive letter (e.g,. C, D, and E). Different directories and files can be stored in different partitions. By default, the C drive letter is designated to the primary partition on the primary hard drive in a computer.

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Sometimes, the hard drive partition containing pdf files might get corrupted for unknown circumstances, resulting in the PDF files inaccessible or unreadable.

You think these pdf files cannot be recovered back and permanently lost after the hard drive failure?

This is not true.

Actually, the data are still recoverable only if the hard drive is inaccessible due to non-mechanical issues, meaning that the hard drive appears to be working well without making unusual sounds or other physical symptoms.

Here comes a question: how to recover PDF files from hard drive or a single partition. That is what we’re going to focus on in the remainder of this article.

Let’s get started here.

1. Recover PDF Files from Previous Versions

Windows comes with an automatic file backup feature called Previous Versions that many computer users don’t seem to know about.

Previous versions are copies of files or folders that Windows automatically saves as a restore point. You can use previous versions to recover files or folders that you inadvertently modified or deleted, or that were corrupted.

As long as System Protection is enabled, Windows will create a copy of file and folder once a day.

If you lose a PDF file due to accident deletion or hard drive failure, you can restore a previous version of that file, but you need to know the location where the files are saved.

1. Ensure That The System Protection Is Enabled

Go to the Start menu on the computer.

Click on Control Panel > System and Security > System.

Click System Protection on the left panel.

Look at the Protection Settings section, see if the Protection is set to On for the system drive containing the PDF files. If not, select the System Drive and click the Configure button.

Step 5: In the new dialog box, choose the Restore System Settings and Previous Versions of Files option. Then click Ok.

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2. Restore A Lost PDF File

Click the Computer icon on the desktop to open it up.

Navigate to the folder that used to reside the lost PDF file, right-click it, and then click on the Restore Previous Versions option.

A dialog box listing the previous versions will open. Double-click a previous version of the folder that contains the lost PDF file.

Click Open to view the content to make sure it’s the version you want.

Step 5: Click Copy to create a copy of a particular version and save it in a different location, or click Restore to replace the present folder content with the selected version, or you can drag the folder to another location like the desktop.

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2. Restore PDF Files with FoneLab

This is the easiest solution. In this solution, you need a professional PDF recovery software to help you.

FoneLab Data Retriever is the reliable one, which is designed to recover almost all lost PDF files by deep scanning the hard disks. And it also can help you recover text file from hard drive.

Let me show how it works.

Run This Software

Free download and install this software on your computer. Then the software will get launched automatically and immediately.

Select Data Type and Disk Drive

In the main interface, choose Document and the location where you lost the PDF file.

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Scan Data

Click the Scan button to get the quick scan on the selected hard drive. All files will be displayed on the left sidebar. If quick scan can’t bring the desired result, you can click Deep Scan to try again.

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Choose PDF File

From the scan result, you can click PDF to find your needed items. You are allowed to preview the relevant information of each file including filename, size, created and modified date. Alternatively, you can use Filter feature to quickly locate the files you want to recover.

Recover PDF File

Tick the items and click the Recover button to restore the selected files to your computer.

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What’s more,

In addition to PDF files, it is able to recover Word documents, Excel files, images, emails, and other data.

It can also help you restore PDF files in Windows, flash drive, memory card, removable drive, etc and restore photos from digital camera.

This software offers a 30-day trial - click below link to download this software on your computer and give it a shot.

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