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How to Recover Deleted Files & Folders from Hard Drive

Updated on Oct 18, 2018 by Jean to Deleted Recovery


Follow the guides to recover deleted files from Windows recycle bin and recover an older version of the deleted or lost file. If the two free ways cannot help, download EaseUS file recovery software to deep scan the hard drive or other external devices like SD cards, USB drives to effectively search and recover deleted files in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/vista.

Have you ever been troubled by losing important data on PC hard drive, memory card or USB devices because of wrong deleting? Do you know it is possible to recover deleted files? Read through this page and you will learn many useful ways to manage this job. First, let's learn some useful tips that might help you get a successful deleted file recovery result.

Useful tips that can help to effectively recover deleted files

When data loss happens, first please remember that you'd better stop using your computer or other external memory storage devices. It will protect the deleted files for data recovery. How does it work?

When you right-click a file and press Delete button, the system just hides the data by removing its file directory and mark the space as free for use. At this moment, you can easily get back the file back by rebuilding the file directory. But if you continue to use the device, it might write some new data and completely erased the contents of the old deleted files. In this case, the chance of a successful data recovery is decreased. The situation can become much more terrible when you have a hard drive, memory card or USB drive with a limited free space.

So use the device where you deleted your files as little as possible and start a data recovery process as soon as possible! Here are 3 possible ways you can choose to manage the job.

Three possible ways to recover deleted files 

To recover deleted files from Windows recycle bin

If you just deleted your files on the computer by moving them to the Recycle Bin and didn't press the Emptied Recycle Bin button, you can retrieve them back with ease. Just open the Recycle Bin, there locate and right-click the files you want and choose Restore. It will recover your deleted files to their original location.

To recover an older version of the deleted or lost file

If you have emptied the Recycle Bin, you can try to recover an older version of the deleted or lost file using Windows built-in free backup and restore feature. To do it:

In Windows 7:

Click the Start button --> Computer, navigate to the folder that used to contain the file or folder, right-click it, and then click Restore previous versions. Here, you'll see a list of available previous versions of the deleted files or folders with different times and dates. Choose the version you like and click Restore to recover deleted files back.

Restore deleted files from the Previous Version in Windows 7 

In windows 10/8.1/8:

Open the folder that used to contain the deleted file and click the History button. File History will display all the files contained in the most recent backup of that folder. Click the Previous button to locate and select the file you want to retrieve and then click the green Restore button to get it back. 

Restore deleted files via File History in windows 10/8.1/8

To recover deleted files with data recovery software

If you want to recover the exact copy of your deleted files, you may need to try a third-party data recovery software. Here, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional is a good and easy recovery tool is recommended. It is designed to deal with all complicated data loss situations like deleted recovery, format recovery, data recovery after virus attack, system crash, raw error and more and has helped numerous users recover deleted files from PC, external hard drive, memory card, USB drive. Here, video tutorial and word guide are offered.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard recovers deleted files and folders on your computer/laptop hard drive, externally connected USB flash drive or micro SD card by scanning all over its storage unit, and the overall process of searching for and finding the deleted items is done as follows.

Step 1. Specify a location: is it a local hard drive disk or a removable storage device from which the files were deleted? Choose the exact file location and then click the Scan button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the entire storage device: it's a critical step for EaseUS file recovery software to search for lost data as much as possible. Soon you should see a quick scan result called "Deleted files" appears. That's where all deleted files and folders were kept.

scan deleted files

Step 3. Preview files and recover: in the "Deleted files", find the wanted files by following its file paths. Or, you can use the "Filter" feature to locate the abandoned files quickly. Double-click the data allows you to preview its entirety. At last, choose all target files and click the Recover button.

select files and click recover

Never forget to check all the scan results in each tab for deleted files. The "Guess you recover" part is very hopeful for the recovery of files that have lost names and file paths after deletion.

Caution: Don't save the recovered files on the partition or drive where you lost your data before you fully get back your files!