How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 8

Abby Haines updated on Jul 10, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


This article shows how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 8 with EaseUS file recovery software in 3 steps. If you deleted files by using shift + delete or emptying the recycle bin on Windows 8 PC or other hard drives, USB, etc. devices, follow the step-by-step guide and apply EaseUS file recovery software to recover files and folders immediately.

This page introduces readers about how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 8 with powerful data recovery software and File History backup.

Delete vs Permanent Delete

Before we discuss it in details, let's first talk about what is the difference between delete and permanent.  

Here is a comparison table between delete and permanent delete, which will help you understand what is permanently deleted folder or file:

Comparison Delete Permanent Delete
Ways to Delete Files/Folders
  • Right-click on folder/file and then choose the "Delete" option.
  • Directly drag files or folder to the Recycle Bin
  • Select folder/files, press "Shift + Delete" keys
  • Delete files to the Recycle Bin and empty it.

The ways to restore deleted or permanently deleted files are different:

# 1: Folder or files deleted in this way are not permanently gone.

They can be easily restored from the recycle bin. 

# 2: Folder or files deleted by pressing "Shift + Delete" keys or emptied recycle bin are permanently gone.

They can not be directly restored from recycle bin. 

Data lost by the second way are called permanently deleted folder/folder. When it happens, how do you recover shift deleted files or permanently deleted files?

Both professional data recovery software and File History with backup can work on resolving this issue. As for Windows 8 users, who prefer an effective solution, data recovery software will be more preferable.

Recover Permanently Deleted Files with Windows 8 Data Recovery Tool 

Sometimes, it is difficult for people to undelete files in Windows 8 when they realized that they permanently deleted a wrong folder. Fortunately, a professional Windows 8 data recovery tool can help.

Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Permanent Undelete

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, with its powerful file recovery capacity, can quickly and deeply scan your computer hard drive or storage device to find all the files, folders that were permanently deleted.

It enables you to select and recover specific folders and files to another secure storage device. With its intuitive interface, anyone who has no technical skill or data recovery experience can all complete the process with only simple clicks. 

3 steps to recover permanently deleted files from Windows 8

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is recognized as the most prominent and quickest file recovery software, especially when it comes to permanently deleted file recovery. Three clicks will be able to recover deleted files in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista: choose a file location -> scan -> recover.

1- Choose a file location

Left-click on the Drive X: (also, a specific folder is supported), where you deleted files permanently.
Click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

2- Scan

The software automatically starts scanning all over the selected drive.
Soon, a quick scan result comes out and displays in "Deleted files".

scan permanently deleted files

3- Recover

In addition to the "Deleted files" results, check the results in the relevant drive X: or other sections after the scan is over, especially in "Extra Files", where keeps the files that might have lost file names and paths.

Finally, select the wanted files and click "Recover" to save them to another secure location or device. Click "OK" to finish.

select files and click recover

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is compatible with all Windows OS including Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and Vista/XP, etc.

If you are facing a similar issue, such as to recover permanently deleted folder in Windows 10, you can download this software and follow the guide steps above to bring back your files immediately.

Undelete Permanently Removed Files with File History in Windows 8

Another option that is possible to help Windows 8 users for undeleting the permanently removed files is to restrive files or folder from the previous version of File History backup.

The precondition is that you must have set up the File History to back up valuable files and folders on your Windows 8 computer hard drive. Otherwise, only the data recovery software introduced above can help.

Here are the detail steps to undo the permanent delete and restore lost files, folders in Windows 8:

  • Step 1: Go to Control Panel, click and open File History.
  • Search for the path to locate the folder that you deleted on computer. It will display all the files in the most recent backup of that folder.
  • Step 2: Click the "Previous" button to locate and select the file you want to retrieve.
  • Then click the green Restore button to get it back. 
  • Free recover deleted files in Windows 10 via File History
  • Step 3: If File History warns you that it already contains a file or folder with the same name, select "Replace the file in the destination" to get your permanently deleted files or folder back.
  • Undo permanent file deletion for free in Windows 10 with File History.

By doing so, you can selectively bring back a file or many files and folders to undo the permanent delete in Windows 8.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

5. 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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