How to Recover Overwritten Files and Documents

Last updated on September 30, 2018 by Bryan

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How to Recover Overwritten Files and Documents

In today’s modern world, almost anything can be stored in digital formats. This is quite evident with the presence of digital cameras and other devices that have built-in memory storage devices. Memory card storage or the SD card can store thousands of files and documents at the same time. However, the amount of files it can hold depends on the total storage capacity of the device. Most digital device users overlook the fact that their devices does not have enough storage for more files. They just keep on using the device, not knowing that they are overwriting the data of the other saved files resulting in the loss of previous data. Now if this happens and you want to recover overwritten files from your device, just follow the different steps below that suit you best.

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To start, there are no guarantees that a recovered overwritten file or document will work as it did before. There are multiple ways on how to restore overwritten files, but the easiest way is by using a recovery tool. This allows you to restore deleted and overwritten files just the same. The best option would be to use Acethinker Disk Recovery. This compact tool can restore any type of file from any device. It can search and restore overwritten files on your SD card and other storage devices. Here are the steps to use Acethinker Disk Recovery to recover overwritten photos.

Step1 Download the Installer Package

Get the installer application for Acethinker Disk Recovery by clicking the download buttons below. Once download is complete, execute the installer and follow the instruction on the screen, to properly install the tool on your PC device.

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Step2 Launch the Tool and Start the recovering process

Once on the home screen of the tool, select among the list of file types that the tool can recover, the right file format of the overwritten file. If it is a document file, click “Documents” option, and click the “Next” button afterwards to go to the next screen.

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Step3 Scan the device where the file was overwritten

If the file was in a removable storage device like an SD card when it was overwritten, then connect that SD Card into the PC device. Next, click the “Select Location” option of the tool. A pop window will appear and you need to locate the SD Card name and click OK. Now click the “Next” button to start scanning the SD Card for the overwritten file.

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Step4 Select the File that was Overwritten to Restore it

The scan will complete in a few minutes, after that all the document files that were deleted on the SD card will appear. Search for the correct document file that you need and select it. Next click the “Recover” button and choose the location where the restored file will be saved.

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Use System Restore Time Point

System Restore is a built-in feature of Microsoft Windows OS. It allows the user to revert back the system to a previous point of time before any updates has been made. By doing so, it restores the previous files that were contained during that specific point of time. Doing this won’t affect the current files you have. Here are the steps on how to recover overwritten files on Windows 10 using system restore.

Step1 Look for System Restore

On the search bar, type “Create a Restore Point” for Windows 8 and 10, while “System Restore” for Windows 7, and click it.

search the option

Step2 Follow the Steps

Follow the on-screen instructions to ensure that you won’t have any problems.

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Use EaseUs Disk Recovery

Another tool to recover overwritten photos, is EaseUs Data Recovery. It’s a recovery software that can also restore deleted and overwritten files from your SD Card. Here are the steps on how to recover overwritten files using EaseUS Data Recovery.

Step1 Scan for the File

Connect the SD card to the PC and open EaseUS Disk Recovery, and click the SD Card Storage and click “Scan”

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Step2 Wait for the Scan to Finish

A quick scan will start followed by a deep scan if the files you need don’t show up.

quick-deep scans

Step3 Recover the File

After the scan, all the files on that folder will appear and choose the file you want and click “Recover” to save the files to a different folder.

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Access the Previous Versions

Restore previous versions of files is a built-in option for Windows Operating Systems where it restore a files to its previous version before an update was made to the file. This allows the user to go back to a point before changes were made to a file. Here are the steps on how to access the Previous Versions of photos.

Step1 Connect SD card to PC

Insert the SD card to a Memory card reader and plug it to the PC device.

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Step2 Browse the Files

Once the SD card is ready to use, open the Folder containing the files.

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Step3 Select the Right File

Select a file and right click and choose “Properties”, next click the “Previous Version” tab and copy the latest version of the photo from the list usually the first one and paste to a different folder, and click “Restore”.

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Having enough storage space is essential in any device. With a lot of free space available, you can do more things and save more information. But most of the time, we unknowingly replace or overwrite a file that we might need in the future. To avoid this from happening, make it a habit to transfer your files on a PC device after every use. On the other hand, if in case a file goes missing and you need it back, you can just follow the steps above. But if you want a much faster way, you can always use Acethinker Disk Recovery to do the job for you. Not only it is simple and easy to use, it can do the job in a matter of seconds, depending on the size of the file. But overall, it’s the perfect tool for all your recovery needs.

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