How To Recover Deleted ISO Files

An ISO file extension is a type of disc image file format that is based on ISO-9660 standard. This is very useful for backing up your CDs or DVDS since it duplicates every single bit of data from the original disc. From the raw data to the filesystem information, the ISO files copy it.

This is different from simply copying all the files found on the disc to an external drive or to a different drive. If you just copy the files, the disc header information might get lost during the copy process. This is why many prefer using the ISO file because other than duplicating everything from a disc; it can also be used to restore the disc back to its original version in case some changes are made.

In case you have unintentionally deleted an ISO file and you need to recover it then it could be easily done with the help of a file recovery software. Here are the steps you need to do to try to recover your deletes ISO files.

  • Download a file recovery software. You will need a strong and reliable file recovery software to increase the chances of being able to recover your ISO files. You can download this software over the Internet and you can find demo versions or free software if you don’t want to spend. You can try downloading Recuva data recovery software. After downloading the software, install it in your computer. It is best to install the software in a different drive to make sure that it won’t over write on the file you want to restore.
  • Run the software. Once it is installed in your computer, double-click on  the icon to run the software. A “Recuva Wizard” window will appear then click on “Next”.
  • Scan for the files. After clicking on the “Next” button, select the type of file you want to recover. In this case, select ISO files. If you aren’t sure, choose “others”. This will show all the files that you deleted that can be recovered. When you’re done, click on “Next” then choose the file location where you last saved your deleted file. Click on “Next” then check the box for “Enable deep scan”. This will thoroughly scan the file location and this may take a while that is why it is best to do this at night for you to leave your computer open. Click “Start” to begin the scanning process.
  • Recover your files. Once the scan is complete, you can now search for the files that you want to recover. Click on the ISO file you want then click on the “Restore” button. Choose the location where you want to save your recovered file. It will be better if you save it in a different location or in an external drive to make sure that it will not overwrite on other files. Click the “OK” button once your done then exit the program.

ISO files are great for doing backups but sometimes, it cannot be avoided to accidentally delete some files. That is why if you need to recover your deleted ISO files then try downloading a good data recovery software to get those ISO files back.


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