How to Recover Lost/Deleted Emails with Email Recovery Software

EaseUS email recovery software is an advanced email recovery program. It restores deleted or lost emails, folders, calendars, appointments, meeting requests, contacts, tasks, task requests, journals, notes and attachments from corrupted PST file. Follow the Methods below and get back emails accordingly.

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"Hello, I deleted a mail sent by my friend last year... Can anyone here help me get back that mail? Please help."

Overview of Email Recovery

Email is still popular among people. Many firms and businesses carry their regular operations through emails. If these emails get lost such firms have to face many hardships, and need email recovery software or tools to solve such problems. As with files on a hard drive, when a message is deleted from a folder it is not physically erased. The data is just marked as having been deleted, so the email program doesn't display it. The deleted email does not get overwritten until the mail program tidies up or compacts its database. Therefore, a window of opportunity of uncertain duration, during which it is possible to recover deleted emails intact.

Depending on different ways of how and how long you've deleted or lost Emails on Outlook or Outlook Express, the ways to recover deleted or lost emails are quite different. You may follow below offer ways to recover deleted or lost Outlook emails on your own.

Part 1. Recover Lost PST Files with Freeware

If you have downloaded the email database .pst/.ost files or saved received emails on a local drive of your PC, and deleted them by mistake, don't worry. You can recover the deleted emails with a free file recovery tool. Now, recover the whole PST file in detail:

Step 1. Select the drive partition where you used to save the Outlook PST files and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will start immediately for a quick and deep scan so as to find as many lost files as possible. To quickly locate the PST files, you have two options.

  • Use "Filter > Emails" to find your lost PST files.
  • Search with ".pst" can also help you reach the PST file.
scan lost pst files

Step 3. Select the wanted PST files from the results, and click "Recover" to get them back all at once.

recover lost pst files

Part 2. Recover Emails from Deleted Item folder (Manually)

When you delete an email in an email program, it is usually moved to a Deleted Items folder (as in Outlook Express) or similar. The Deleted Items folder is like a Recycle Bin for emails and gives you a chance of restoring messages deleted in haste.

The ways to recover deleted or lost emails are quite different according to how long you have lost your emails.

1. Recover Emails from Deleted Item folder in 10 Days

Step 1: Login Outlook with your account, go to your email folder list and click "Deleted Items" at the left pane.

recover deleted emails

Step 2: Find the exact email or messages, right-click on them and select "Move > Other Folder".

Recover deleted email items.

Step 3: Select "Index" to move email and messages to your index box, click "OK" to complete the recovery process.

Recover deleted emails from Deleted Items folder.

Note: Outlook Express has an option to clear the contents of the Deleted Items folder whenever you close the program. If you've enabled that setting, you'll be out of luck recovering email from Deleted Items unless you do it straight away. Part 3 will be your last shot.

2. Recover Emails Within 30 days

When an email is moved from Deleted Items, what happens is that the message is copied to another folder - Recoverable Item and then deleted from the first. And the deleted emails will be kept there within 30 days. Therefore, if you've cleaned the Deleted Items folder, you can still recover permanently deleted emails from Recoverable Item folder:

Step 1: Login Outlook with your account, go to your email folder list and click "Deleted Items".

Step 2: Tab on "HOME" and click "Recover Deleted Items From Server".

Recover permanently deleted emails.

Step 3: Select the item you want to recover and click "Restore Selected Items", then click "OK" to finish.

Recover pernamently deleted or lost emails from Server.

Part 3. Restore Deleted Emails Even After 30 Days

If you've lost the emails after 30 days, relax! The professional email recovery software will help you fix this issue with ease.

EaseUS Email Recovery Wizard is an advanced tool to recover lost and deleted emails, folders, calendars, appointments, meeting requests, contacts, tasks, task requests, journals, notes and attachments from the corrupted .pst file. It is safe and read-only utility which reads the lost/deleted mail items without modifying the existing content and restores the lost data into a new file. It can recover mail items from MS-Outlook 2010, 2007, 2003, 2002/XP, 2000, 98 and 97.

Follow the steps below:

1. Download EaseUS Email Recovery Wizard, install it and launch it. Select the "Recover Deleted Email/Repair PST File" if your PST file is existing. Then go to "Next".

Deleted email recovery software

2. Select source PST file and set the location to save recovered PST file. Hit Next to scan the files.

Select source PST files

3. Scan for the deleted or lost emails.

Scan deleted emails

4. After the scan, You will recover your deleted Outlook emails.

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Updated by Cedric Grantham

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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Written by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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