In today's multimedia age, video files have become indispensable to our lives and works. Video can help us record precious moments, share meaningful events with friends and family, and capture wonderful pictures. The loss of important video files can have devastating results. But thankfully, there are some effective ways we can take to recover lost videos and prevent such tragedies from happening.

In this article, we will explore what video recovery tools can recover video files, how to restore video files quickly, and how to prevent future loss of videos.

How to Recover Video Files Step by Step (with Video Guide)

Almost everyone has a bad experience of losing precious video files due to unexpected disasters. Accidental deletion, formatting, misoperation, and system crash are the leading causes. You can easily restore videos from Recycle Bin if they have been deleted recently or restore from backup files if you have created a backup before.

But how can video files be recovered if they are not in the Recycle Bin or backed up? The easiest way is to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, a renowned file recovery expert. 

This easy-to-use software can bring back lost videos in three simple steps. You can always use this software to recover emptied Recycle Bin, restore a formatted SD card, or retrieve deleted video files.

The outstanding features of EaseUS file recovery tool:

  • Recover deleted MP4 files and AVI, MOV, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, MKV, ASF, FLV, SWF, MPG, RM/RMVB, MPEG, etc. 
  • Restore videos from various devices like USB, SSD, PC/laptop, CF/SD card, digital camera, hard drive, etc.
  • Retrieve videos, photos, documents, email, archives, and other files

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the location or device where you lost/deleted videos. Click "Scan" to find the missing videos.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. After the scan, choose "Videos" in the left panel. Go to "Lost" or "All" to find the wanted videos. Select the found videos and click "Preview".

scan for deleted videos and click Preview

Step 3. Select the video files that you want to restore. Click "Recover" to save them to another secure location on your PC or external storage device.

Restore lost or deleted videos

We have also provided you with a video tutorial on video file recovery using EaseUS data recovery software. 

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How to Deleted Videos from PC for Free

"How can I recover my videos for free?" If you want to recover video files for free, use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free, which allows you to recover up to 2GB of video for free. If your videos are small, such as some gif videos, you can use this tool to retrieve your lost videos for free. 

If you want to know about other video recovery software, we have a feature article on the best video recovery software.

EaseUS video recovery software

Top 10 Best Video Recovery Software [Free]

Losing important videos may bring a lot of inconvenience to our life and work. Here are the top 10 best video recovery software. Read about it. Read more >>

Video File Recovery Using CMD 

In addition to the file loss possibilities mentioned above, your video will also be hidden from view. In this case, you can easily show hidden files with CMD. 

Step 1. Type cmd in the search box on the start menu, right-click it, and select Run as administrator.

Step 2. Type the following command - attrib -h -r -s  G:\*.* /s /d in the Command Prompt window and hit "Enter". 

Step 3. Your video files will appear again for you to play and watch as usual.

Read More: Common Scenarios for Recovering Videos

The video files can be lost for many reasons. We list and explain the main causes below:


Explanations Ways for video file recovery
🔂Accidental Deletion One of the common reasons for video loss is deletion, be it intentional or unintentional. We're all prone to deleting files by mistake, especially when managing an extensive video library.  Restore files from Recycle Bin or use data recovery software to recover permanently deleted video files. 
💾Device formatting Formatting is the process of preparing a data storage device for initial use. Formatting a storage device without backing up the files can also result in video file loss. Use formatted recovery software to retrieve video files from a formatted HDD, SD card, USB, pen drive, and external hard drive.
🚫Hardware failures File system corruption or other device problems can cause video files to become inaccessible and corrupted.  Recover video files with hard disk recovery software and fix the damaged storage device.
👿Virus or malware infections If viruses and malware attack the device that stores video files, the data is susceptible to being corrupted and lost.  Restore video files and remove viruses with anti-virus software.

How to Prevent Video File Loss

Data backup is more effective than data recovery after data loss. Take these tips to keep your video files safe.

  • Perform this operation with caution. Do not delete the file by mistake.
  • Backup data regularly to prevent accidental data loss
  • Check device status and errors frequently 
  • Install genuine antivirus software
  • Stop using the device after data loss to avoid data overwriting
  • Use professional data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard immediately to recover video files

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Video Recovery FAQs

Let's take a look at three topics that the users are most concerned about with regard to video recovery:

1. How do I recover a deleted video?

For video recovery, EaseUS data recovery software can help you with simple steps:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select the location, and click "Scan".

Step 2. Choose "Videos" in the "Filter". Preview found videos. 

Step 3. Click "Recover" to restore video files. 

2. What is the best video recovery software?

Top 10 best video recovery software:

  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
  • Stellar Photo Recovery
  • Recuva
  • Disk Drill Data Recovery
  • Disk Doctor Photo Recovery
  • Remo Recover Media
  • DMDE Free Edition
  • TestDisk
  • Puran Data Recovery
  • DiskDigger

3. Can I get back deleted videos on my phone?

With professional video recovery software, you can restore your deleted or lost video from iPhone and Android devices. EaseUS MobiSaver Free helps recover contacts, messages, photos, videos, notes, and other content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. 

EaseUS MobiSaver for Android Free enables you to recover all lost files, including messages, contacts, photos, music, and videos easily.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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Mahesh is an experienced computer tech writer. He's been writing tech how-to guides for about 8 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to teach people how they can get the most out of their devices.

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