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How to turn off a computer in order to stop overwriting deleted files on the system drive.

There are two possibilities. Both of them have disadvantages. You need to make your choice.

First possibility: Tell Windows to shut down the computer, like you probably always do. The disadvantage is that Windows will usually still work for a moment and overwrite more deleted files. If Windows is installing updates upon turning off the computer, it will overwrite even more data.

Second possibility: Use the physical switch to turn the computer off. You might remember the first time when you used a computer. Somebody probably told you that this is not the right way to turn off a computer. And they were right. Even Windows sometimes tells you "Do not turn the computer off". You might have seen this message while Windows was installing updates. But you are in a special situation today, because using the switch (or disconnecting the power) is the fastest way to stop writing data to the system drive. So what is the disadvantage? The file system can get corrupted. This can happen, if Windows is in the middle of saving files and folders when the power is switched off. Those files will be incompletely saved. Windows can usually repair this the next time you boot your computer. But you don't want to boot your computer because this will also overwrite deleted files. So if you used the switch to turn off your computer you might basically have a hard disk with a corrupted file system sitting in your computer and you can not turn the computer on to recover data from it. A corrupted file system is usually no problem for Recover4all because it builds its own virtual file system. But it will not be able to recover files that were saved incompletely. Click here on how to proceed.