2 Ways to Recover Permanently Deleted Files/Folder in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista

You may permanently delete files/folders from hard drives or storage devices by using "Shift + Delete" button or emptying recycle bin. When this happens, you can recover the deleted files/folders from the previous version in Windows or with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Abby Haines Updated on Apr 01, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles

How to recover permanently deleted files/folders in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista

Some people like to use "Shift + Delete" when they want to remove a file or folder from the computer. Also, some keep to the habit of regular emptying recycle bin to clear up junk files. Other times, people just accidentally delete important files from their computer or external storage devices such as USB flash drives, pen drives, memory cards, SD cards, etc.

Folders or files deleted in these situations will be 'permanently' deleted and cannot be retrieved directly from the Recycle Bin. This causes trouble for casual computer users who can’t find a way to find and recover these files. But there’s no need to worry! Read this page and you will have two ways to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. 

Way 1. Recover from Previous Versions in Windows

First, we’ll introduce a free method to recover shift deleted, or otherwise deleted, files using built-in Windows software.  When you delete a folder on your desktop with "Shift + Delete" button, you can easily retrieve them using Previous Versions so long as you remember the name of the deleted file or folder. 

1. Create a new file or folder on the desktop and give it the same name as the deleted file or folder.
2. Right-click the new file and choose "Restore previous versions". Here Windows will search for and list the previous versions of files or folders with this name along with their associated dates.
3. Choose the latest one and click "Restore" to undo the deletion and get your permanently deleted file or folder back. 

Recover permanently deleted files/folder in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista from Previous Versions

Way 2. Recover with EaseUS Data Recovery Software

The first solution is only available for people who permanently deleted their files or folders from the desktop. If you deleted from an external device or failed to get your data back with Way 1, you can undo permanent deletion of files or folders with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

This professional data recovery program is built to recover lost data from PC or any other removable storage media. It can rescue your data lost due to deletion, formatting or some other reasons. You can download it and use the guide below to recover permanently deleted files/folder in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista with simple steps.

Video tutorial to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista:

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".

select files and click recover

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

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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 to 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.

Put the lost files back into your hands in only 3 steps. Don't wait as your files won't.

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