How to Recover Deleted Files on Windows 7 (with Video)

How to recover deleted files in Windows 7? Here we will show you a few methods to restore deleted files on Windows 7 with ease. You can use EaseUS data recovery software to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 7 without backup. Or you can use Windows native tools to restore deleted files without software.

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Deleting data is the most common data loss scenario. You may intentionally or unintentionally delete files on Windows 7 in the following ways:

  • Press the Delete button to send the files to the Recycle Bin
  • Use the Shift+Delete feature to remove files thoroughly
  • Permanently delete files by emptying the Recycle Bin
  • Delete files directly bypass the Recycle Bin  

It's painful to delete the files you actually need. Other factors that can delete files are virus attack, system error, or hard drive formatting. In this article, you will learn how to recover deleted in Windows 7 with or without software or with or without backup.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files Windows 7 Without Backup

To recover deleted files that are not in the Recycle Bin or restore permanently deleted files on Windows 7 without backup, you can use a data recovery tool that does all work for you.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a great solution for various data recovery, such as deleted file recovery, formatted recovery, raw recovery, as well as virus attack recovery.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Recover deleted files from HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, SD card, external hard drive, etc.
  • Retrieve deleted photos, videos, audio, email, Word, Excel, and other documents
  • Repair corrupted files in Windows 7/8/10 in 32-bit and 64-bit versions
  • Support FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, HFS + (Mac), ReFS, etc.
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Note: Stop using the disk/partition or storage media that contains the deleted files. Continue to write new data may overwrite the lost data, thereby reducing the possibility of recovery.

Now, free download EaseUS file recovery software to recover deleted files on Windows 7 in three steps.

Step 1. Select the drive to scan

Select the Recycle Bin, a device, or a drive, then click the "Scan" button to start looking for deleted files on Windows 11/10/8/7.

select the location and click scan

Step 2. Check the results

When the scan completes, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" button to quickly find the deleted files.

After the scan, check the lost files

Step 3. Recover deleted files

Click the "Recover" button to restore deleted files in Windows 11/10/8/7.

recover deleted files in Windows 11/10/8/7

Recover permanently deleted files on Windows 7 for free

The full version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard enables you to effectively recover unlimited deleted files on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. It is a user-friendly and professional-grade data recovery software that helps both beginners and pros to recover deleted files without a backup copy.

You can also download its free version and use it to recover up to 2GB of data on Windows 7 without any cost.

Watch the video tutorial to recover deleted files in full ways. 

How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows 7 Without Software in 3 Ways

This part covers three common ways to recover deleted files on Windows 7 without using data recovery software. Let’s check the detailed instructions together.

Recover Deleted Files Windows 7 from Recycle Bin  

After you delete the data in a normal way, you can immediately go to the Recycle Bin to check and restore it. There's a good chance you'll be able to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin.  

Tips: Files deleted on the USB flash drive will not go to the Recycle Bin of the computer. The USB flash drive is not a mobile hard disk. Usually, a small-capacity USB flash drive has no enough storage space and the files will be deleted directly. Learn how to recover permanently deleted files from USB flash drive.

Step 1. Open the Recycle Bin and find deleted files by name, file type, or date.

Step 2. Select the deleted files and right-click any of them.

Step 3. Click "Restore" to recover deleted files in Windows 7.

restore deleted files from recycle bin

Restoring Deleted or Lost Files on Windows 7 from a Backup

To restore a deleted file on the Windows system from a backup, make sure you have activated Windows backup in advance. Follow these steps to recover deleted files from a backup.

Step 1. Click the "Start" button, then, choose "Settings".  Go to the "Update & Security" >"Backup".

find Windows backup

Step 2. Next, select "Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" > "Restore files" > "Browse for files" or "Browse for folders" to select the previously created backup.

select restore files

Step 3. Then, follow the steps in the wizard to restore and save your files. 

Restoring Deleted Files from Previous Versions

If you are using Windows Backup or restore points, you can restore deleted files and folders from previous versions.

Step 1. Navigate to the folder that used to contain the deleted file or folder, then, right-click it and select "Restore previous versions".

Click restore from previous versions

Step 2. A list of available previous versions will appear. Choose a previous version of the folder that contains the lost files to restore. You can preview it by clicking the "Open" button to make sure it's the right version you want.

Step 3. Once confirmed, you can click "Restore" to get back the deleted files.

recover deleted files from previous versions

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As you can see, there are several methods by which you can recover deleted files on Windows 7 computer. The most effective way is through the use of data recovery software such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This deleted file recovery program has powerful abilities to recover files from emptied Recycle Bin, formatted hard drive, external storage devices, lost partition, as well as system crash.

These are things that Windows tools can't do. With basic Windows recovery tools, you might recover a deleted file from previous versions or from backup only if you have turned on Windows backup features. Besides, Windows native tools can't help you recover data deleted from a USB flash drive. So, if you permanently lose data, free download EaseUS data recovery software to retrieve the file quickly.

To Sum Up

This tutorial shows you how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 7 in several ways. You can use EaseUS data recovery software to restore lost files on Windows 11/10/8/7 without any backup. If you deleted data without backing it up and are desperate to get it back, this is your best choice.

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If you’d like to retrieve deleted files on Windows 7 without software, then, you can apply Windows basic tools, like restoring files from Recycle Bin or using Windows backup and previous versions to make work done. 

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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