Recover Files and Data Deleted by CCleaner [Updated 2020]

Tracy King updated on Dec 31, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


When CCleaner deleted valuable files by mistake while running it to clean useless files on your computer, don't worry. EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard is available here to help you perform CCleaner file recovery, getting all deleted files back, in 3 simple steps.

CCleaner, short for Crap Cleaner, is developed by Piriform, which serves users as a utility tool to clean unwanted or useless data including temporary internet files and even files in the recycle bin. And this program soon got hot when it was first released.

When CCleaner deletes your valuable files by mistake, don't worry. Follow this page, you'll learn how to recover CCleaner deleted files and useful tips to protect data.

Recover CCleaner deleted files

CCleaner deleted my files

"Hey, guys. Do you have any ideas on how to recover data cleaned by CCleaner? Yesterday, I got a warning notice from my computer, telling me that the drive is not available for storing more data. Then, I used CCleaner to delete some files and folders and wipe out all those deleted files and data from the recycle bin. And the problem started.

I was about to email and send an important file to my colleague. The file disappeared together with some other important data. And nothing showed up in the Recycle Bin as I had emptied it. What can I do to recover data cleaned by CCleaner? I need help."

What to do when CCleaner cleaned your computer volume or deleted files on your computer? 

Stop using the software and your computer or storage devices first. Then find a professional data recovery software to perform CCleaner file recovery immediately. 

Tips for recovering files deleted by CCleaner 

Is it possible to get data back after using CCleaner? Can inexperienced users recover data cleaned by this software? Sure! Here are some tips for you to follow and increase the chances of data recovery after using CCleaner:

# 1. Change settings in CCleaner

According to CCeanler website, to increase the chances of file recovery, you should avoid using the below settings in CCleaner:

  1. 1. Secure Deletion (Don't use 7 or 35 passes)
  2. 2. Wipe free space on drives
  3. 3. Wipe the MFT free space
The fewer passes in the secure deletion settings, the better chance you'll have for data recovery.
Once you noticed valuable files get deleted by CCleaner, stop the cleaning process immediately and don't use your storage device. 

# 2. Download professional data recovery software for help

Professional data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is able to recover partial data from an unfinished cleaning process and files deleted by secure deletion with pass 1 or 3 passes settings in CCleaner.

It enables users to recover whatever they lost on their computer and other storage devices. 

Recover data cleaned by CCleaner with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard entitles great users with powerful capacities in dealing with different troublesome data loss cases. Now, you can apply this software to recover your lost data cleaned by CCleaner by following the 3 steps below:

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and hover on the partition where you lost data, be it a hard disk drive, external disk, USB, or SD card, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files you want to recover.

When the scanning has finished, select the data you want to recover. Double-click the file to check its content if you need to.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

After choosing the data, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the files.

Recover lost data

Important: tips to protect data from CCleaner deletion

Besides offering a solution for data recovery, we'd also like to offer you some useful tips to protect your data from being deleted by CCleaner.

# 1. Create a regular backup of valuable data

Whenever you deleted or lost data due to deletion, formatting or other various reasons, data backup is always a lifesaver. Therefore, do remember to create a regular backup of valuable data on your computer or external storage devices.

EaseUS Todo Backup Free, with its File Backup, Disk/Partition Backup features, enables you to directly back up all files at one time in only 3 steps. You can't really miss it! Here are the steps:

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "Disk/partition Backup".

back up data with easeus todo backup

Step 2: Choose disk partition that you want to back up. Then select a destination where you want to store the backup file.

Step 3: Click "Proceed" to start the data backup process.

# 2. Don't use CCleaner with its default settings

When you run CCleaner with its default settings, the chance of file recovery will be minimized. To increase the chance, change its default settings as recommended above.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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