Solutions to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10 [Ultimate Guide]

Roxanne updated on Jan 13, 2021 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

Do you look for ways to recover deleted files in Windows 10? Here EaseUS covers the most effective solutions to restore lost files, even permanently deleted files in Windows 10. You can choose Windows built-in or paid deleted files recovery program to retrieve deleted files according to different data loss situations.

Deleting wrong files using the Delete, Shift + Delete, or other ways is one of the most common data loss causes. Here we gathered effective and efficient data recovery solutions to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10.

Pick the Right Way to Recover Deleted Files Windows 10

If you just deleted a file by dragging it to the recycle bin, then steps to undelete files in Windows 10 are easy:

  • Open the Recycle Bin and find deleted files by name, file type, or even time.
  • Select those deleted files and right-click the mouse
  • Click Restore to recover deleted files in Windows 10

However, this method only works if you don't empty the Recycle Bin. Once you execute a permanent deletion like using the "Shift+Delete" keys or emptying the Recycle Bin, the following tips will help to restore permanently deleted files:

How to Recover Windows 10 Permanently Deleted Files With Data Recovery Software

Compared to the other two data recovery solutions, we put Windows 10 data recovery software first. The reasons are:

  • The highest chance of recovering lost data.
  • Easy steps with a clear-designed interface for all levels of people.
  • Focus on data loss issues like permanent deleting, format, system errors, inaccessible drives, etc.
  • No backup or previous versions required.

Therefore, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, as a reliable tool, is an efficient way to restore Windows 10 deleted files. Follow the below steps to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the Recycle Bin, device, or a drive, then click the "Scan" button to start looking for deleted files on Windows 10.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. When the scan completes, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" button to quickly find the deleted files.

scan permanently deleted files

Step 3. Preview the files you want to recover. Click the "Recover" button to restore deleted files in Windows 10.

recover deleted files on Windows 10

Suppose you still have any doubts about how to use this EaseUS data recovery program. In that case, you can watch this video tutorial that gives more detailed instructions to undelete files.

Time is a key point to recover lost data successfully. Data recovery software quickly scans everywhere of your hard drive to locate lost data and recover them in time, avoiding further damage or wrong operation. Just try the EaseUS data recovery program, and you will find the data recovery software easy but effective.

Restore Windows 10 Deleted Files Using Windows File Recovery

Windows File Recovery, developed by Microsoft, is a free data recovery tool, but only available for Windows 10 May 2020 Update (Windows 10 2004) or later versions. Moreover, it is not a program as we usually know because it is a command-line app. We do not suggest people with little IT techniques to use the program for lost data retrieving.

As for Windows File Recovery, there are a couple of conditions you should know:

  • First, update your PC to the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (Windows 10 2004) or later versions
  • Prepare two drives to recover deleted files. If your PC has only one drive, you can plug in a USB drive and use that as the destination.
  • You need to know the exact location where you delete your files.

How to use Windows File Recovery to Restore Deleted Files in Windows 10

Step 1. Open Windows 10 File Recovery from the Start menu shortcut.

Step 2. Use the right syntax as displayed on the command prompt window to undelete files.

recover deleted files Windows 10

The basic command line is:

winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/switches].

For example:

winfr C: D: /n \Users\Documents\test.docx

The command line means to recover a deleted Word document named test once stored on the C drive and save the recovered file on your D drive.

Step 3. Then follow the on-screen instructions to finishing restoring deleted files on Windows 10.  

Different file type recovery has different commands, which makes it hard for most PC users. Besides, Windows File Recovery may not help complex data loss cases, such as formatting, partition loss, system errors, virus.

Then, how to recover permanently deleted files in these complicated data loss situations? Don't fret, use the data recovery program demonstrated in Tip 1.

Recover Windows 10 Deleted Files from File Backup or Previous Version

These two solutions only work when you set up a backup or open the File History function before the data loss happens. If there is no backup available, you still need data recovery software to recover lost data.

Utilize Windows File Backup to Restore Permanently Deleted Files

Go to check your recent backups and follow steps to get deleted files back from a Windows backup:

Step 1. Open "Control Panel", go to "System and Maintenance" >"Backup and Restore (Windows 7)". Click "Restore my files".

Step 2.Click "Browse for files" or "Browse for folders" to select the previously created backup.

Step 3. Customize a path to save your files. 

restore files from windows backup

If there's a conflict, choose "Copy and Replace", "Don't copy" or "Copy, but keep both files" according to your needs. Then, wait for the restoring process to complete.

Restore Permanently Deleted Files from Previous Versions

Also, you can recover Windows 10 files by using the previous versions. Before you try this method, you must be sure that you have set up File History to back up files automatically.

Steps to undelete files from previous files or folders:

Step 1. Right-click on the folder that contained the permanently deleted file(s).

Step 2. Click "Restore previous versions".

Step 3. Select the wanted files and click "Restore" to retrieve deleted files in Windows 10.

restore files to the previous version

If the computer 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 back right now.


Now, you've learned all the useful ways to recover deleted files on Windows 10. To sum it up, the most effective way is using EaseUS data recovery software, which can recover almost all deleted and lost data.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

6. 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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