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How to Retrieve Deleted Gmail Messages and Outlook.com Emails?

Exchanging messages has become so popular today! Whether you use the Facebook Messenger or Twitter, it is all about messages. But still to-date Email is so popular that Microsoft started convert of Hotmail account to Outlook.com. Gmail and Yahoo are still going great guns! But sometimes things can go wrong when you are working with a pc/laptop/smartphone and it necessarily need not be your fault.

Emails can be deleted on purpose or by chance. For example your ex-girlfriend, colleague or enemy can gain access to your Gmail account and delete all your emails. Sometimes hackers can intrude into your email system and create havoc with your data.

How to Retrieve Deleted Gmail Messages?

If you have created regular Gmail backups you can recover deleted Gmail messages right from Gmail’s web interface. But somehow if you are lazy like me and have no mail backups, you can still recover the lost data provided you meet the following two conditions.

  • Mails have not been deleted from the Gmail trash
  • Less than 30 days have passed since the deletion

All the deleted Gmail messages will be in “Trash" folder until you manually purge them or for a time period of 30 days. To check whether you Gmail messages are in your “Trash" folder, complete the following:

1. Go To your Gmail account and Sign-in.

2. Locate the “Trash" folder on the left side bar. This generally will be below the “Spam" folder.

3. There is also a short-cut to reach this folder. Type “in:trash" in Gmail search and there you are:

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From the email messages available in the “Trash" folder you can select your wanted mails and move them to “Inbox" or any other folder of your choice. You generally need to click the drop-down menu to reach the “Inbox" or any other folder.

If you haven’t found your deleted Gmail messages here, you can post a support request on the official Gmail forum as a last resort.

How to Restore Deleted Outlook.com Emails?

Just like in Gmail, if you have deleted important emails in your Outlook.com email service you can restore them without any hassle.

How-to:

1. Login to your Outlook.com service.

2. In the left sidebar/pane of the Outlook.com home screen, you will see a “Deleted" folder. It’s just like the “Trash" folder in Gmail.

3. You can do similar tasks as you have done in Gmail “Trash" folder here.

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As you can observe all the deleted messages are stored in this folder. Just select the email you want to un-delete and click the drop-down on “Move to" tab and choose Inbox. Your deleted message will be back in your Inbox.

But there is one more advantage compared to Gmail in Outlook.com. Suppose you have even deleted all the messages in the Deleted folder too, you can still restore them back. This possibility is not available in Gmail. You just have to put a support request in one of the product forms of “Google".

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Just, click on the “recover deleted messages" present at the bottom on the right side pane of the Deleted folder. Hooray! Outlook.com will try to restore all your deleted messages. Once they are back in your Deleted folder, you just have to move your wanted mails to Inbox as we mentioned before.

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You will see the above message at the bottom of the retrieved deleted messages, once they are restored. “We brought back every message we could. Please move anything you want to keep since the Deleted folder is emptied periodically. …"

As you observed in Gmail and Outlook.com it’s very easy to get back your deleted messages if you are on a high alert. Sometimes they get deleted permanently and the only chance to restore them back is using support forums and sending a request to the Email service.

Guest post by Karri Avinash who is a Microsoft enthusiast with latest tech trendy articles on his blog. He supports his Uncle Palla Ramarao in writing reviews about Windows products like Windows 8, Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 folder Sync, Outlook.com, Windows 7 and Surface tablet. Palla Ramarao, the main writer is a Civil Engineer, Software Engineer and Blogger by part-time.

6 Tips For Choosing a File Recovery Software

Losing all the data that you have saved on your hard disk can be very frustrating – however, if you’ve done it by mistake, don’t panic, as there are ways in which you can recover the lost data.

There are scores of companies that offer software tools related to data recovery, but first, avoid shutting down your computer, because you may lose the deleted data permanently if that happens.

Here are a few tips to help you make a smart choice when choosing a recovery software.

Tip #1: Make the Right Choice

You’ll be spoilt for choice while choosing between recovery software, so here’s a tip: always select software that will help you recover different file formats.

The process of recovering any file – .psd, .pdf, .idd, or .wav file ? is the same. If an advertisement mentions that the software recovers only a specific type of file, then don’t go for it. These are marketing tricks designed to lure you into buying more software as you usually lose more than a single type of file when you accidentally delete a folder. Do a proper research and go for cost-effective software. Remember, choose cost-effective, not cheap.

Tip #2: The Importance of Updated Recovery Software

Buy recently developed software, because file formats keep changing. Buying an old software will not help in recovering new file formats, and it won’t serve the purpose. It’s a better and wiser option to go for updated software, which is capable of detecting all the files.

Tip #3: Know Your Software

Choose recovery software that is relatively known and trusted over the one that is cheaply priced. Unknown software tools can harm your computer by infiltrating it with spyware or viruses. Purchase software only from companies that have a reputation among computer users or companies you have heard of.

Check for details like address and customer service numbers through which you can contact the company in case things don’t work out. These details will help build trust in you, as some companies use multiple fake websites to market their products. You can also check if these companies can be contacted on social networking sites.

Tip #4: How Much Do You Spend?

Price is definitely a deciding factor. It is advisable to avoid spending a bomb on your recovery software, because you need to be very sure of what you are getting in return for the money. Get your recovery software from a company that has a tech support team, and make sure that it can recover files from an unbootable hard disk. However, keep your options open, as sometimes free software can do the trick as well.

Tip #5: 100% Recovery?

No software can promise you 100% recovery, every single time you lose data. Hard drives are susceptible to external damages too. Don’t be duped by companies promising 100% recovery, because this is simply not possible.

Tip #6: The Final Advice

Towards the end, it’s a safer option to store a backup of all your data in an external hard disk or a DVD/CD. When your computer crashes and you lose all your data on it, a backup is always a life-saver.

Guest post by James who is a computer repair expert and spends most of his time reviewing files recovery software. He also helps people recover deleted files with his website howtorecoverdeletedfiles.com

Free Backup Software For Windows Server (32-bit and 64-bit)

Publisher: FBackup
Operating System: Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2008/2003/2000 Server (32 and 64-bit)
License: Freeware
Download: Download FBackup

Publisher’s description:

FBackup is a free backup software for both personal and commercial use. It protects your important data by backing it up automatically to any USB/Firewire device, local or network location. The backed up data can be either compressed (using standard zip compression) or an exact copy of the original files.

If you are looking for a good backup software which can also operate on Windows Server, FBackup is the perfect and free solutions. Most of the free backup and recovery softare only work on Windows clients like Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 but FBackup can be used on Windows Server 2003 and 2008 and it is free for personal and commercial purposes.

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Some very good features of FBackup are zip compression and mirror files backup. You can also run other programs before and after the automatic backup process.

Another good feature of FBackup is that it supports multiple backup destination so you can easily store the backup locally and on other supported storage locations such as external USB devices or on mapped network drives.

FBackup backs up the most important data in your computer including Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Word documents, My Pictures, My Music, misc documents etc.

Portable Firefox Backup Software

We have already talked about how to backup the user profiles in Firefox manually without using any software. There are a lot of software which will automate the process of Firefox backups very easy but I have yet to find a software which is portable and offers all the functions of other backup software. Today while browsing the Internet I have found out a command line software which is portable and can backup all the Firefox profiles.

The people who tend to move between one computer to another or reinstall their Operating System frequently have to take care that all their browsing data including their favorites, history, addons etc. are transferred to the new Operating System so that they can browse the Internet without any problems.

Backup Firefox batch script

Backup Firefox is a simple batch script for backing up full Firefox profile folder which will contain all the profiles of all the users. You will need to place the batch file in a folder where you want to backup the profiles. Since Backup Firefox is a simple batch script which runs from command line, you’ll need to run the file as administrator in order for it to function properly.

Run Backup Firefox script, press any key to continue and it’ll start backup up the profile. In the new version of Backup Firefox, the default backup location is Desktop or you can also specify the backup location when you start Backup Firefox.

Backup Firefox does not offer any facility to restore the backup so you’ll have to restore it manually. While Backup Firefox is not the perfect backup utility, it can be handy because of its speed and portability.

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Protecting Your Family’s Data Using Network Attached Storage (NAS)

Computers are currently so cheap that it’s not uncommon for an average family to have two, three or even four machines in their house. And as the number of household machines grows, so do the challenges associated with protecting them.

If you consider the fact that the average hard drive has roughly a 1 in 10 chance of crashing in any given year… that means your house might have a 30% or higher chance of losing a large amount of important or cherished data.

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10 Great Data Recovery Software To Recover Data From Hard Drive

If we are using the same computer for longer periods of time, the data in hard drive will keep on growing and we’ll be saving our important data in the hard drive over a period of time. If we are not backing up data on an alternative source like DVD Rom drive etc, then we are at risk of losing data. The life of a typical hard drive is not more than 6 years. So the hard drive should be replaced frequently after a few years to save yourself from data loss. If you have your data deleted accidently and you want to recover it, we give here 10 great free tools which can be used for data recovery.

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Windows Password Recovery Tool

Basically Windows password-cracking tools are usually Linux boot disks that have NT file system (NTFS) drivers and software that will read the registry and rewrite the password hashes for any account including the Administrators. This process requires physical access to the console and an available CD.

Stellar Phoenix Password Recovery Tool

Stellar Phoenix Password Recovery is a password and software’s key recovery software. It can reset all accounts’s password that are used to login in a Windows Operating System (OS). It can recover passwords that are typed in forms provided in various Web Browsers such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla, Netscape Navigator. It can recover passwords used to login in Web sites.

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