[Easy & Fast] How to Recover Deleted Files from Laptop/PC Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Jan 28, 2021 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles

After deleting a file, you can first recover deleted files from Recycle Bin. If the lost files are not in the Recycle Bin, you can use EaseUS data recovery software to recover permanently deleted files from laptop or PC with simple clicks.

Deleting files accidentally happens to most of us. If you delete a file unintentionally but realize you need it later, you can follow the useful ways in this guide to recover deleted files from laptop or PC on Windows 10/8/7.  

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin Windows 10

If you simply deleted files on your computer by moving them to the Recycle Bin and didn't press the Empty Recycle Bin button, recover recently deleted files can be easy.

Step 1. Open the Recycle Bin, locate and right-click the files you want and choose "Restore".

Step 2. This will retrieve deleted files back to their original location. After restoration, you can copy the files to other drives as you like.

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How to Recover Deleted Files with Deleted File Recovery Software

If the removed files aren't in the Recycle Bin and there is not a previously saved version, you can use a professional data recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted files or restore permanently deleted files on PC or laptop.

Developed with advanced algorithm technology, EaseUS data recovery software is an easy-to-use tool serving in the market for over a decade in the data recovery field.


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Now, free download EaseUS deleted recovery software and follow the overall process to restore deleted files from laptop or PC on Windows 10. 

Step 1. 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 to continue.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Wait for the scan to completes. After the process, you can preview the found files and select what you need. There is no limit in number.

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Step 3. Now, click the "Recover" button to save the restored files to another location rather than the original one. Then, click "OK" to finish the recovery.

select files and click recover

Caution: Don't save the recovered data back to the partition or drive where you lost your data from! You can transfer to that location after recovery, but recovering directly to the same drive risks overwriting the file.  

How to Restore Deleted Files from the Previous Version

If the file you deleted is not in the Recycle Bin, or if you have emptied the Recycle Bin and do not want to use third-party software to retrieve deleted files, you can try to recover an older version of the deleted or lost file by using the free backup and restore feature built into Windows. To do it:

In Windows 7:

Step 1. Click the "Start" button > "Computer", navigate to the folder that used to contain the file or folder.

Step 2. Right-click the folder, then click "Restore previous versions".

Step 3. You'll see a list of available previous versions of the deleted files or folders with different times and dates. Choose the version you want and click "Restore" to retrieve deleted files.

Restore deleted files from the Previous Version in Windows 7 

In Windows 10/8.1/8:

Step 1. Open the folder that used to contain the deleted file and click the "History" button.

Step 2. File History will display all the files contained in the most recent backup of that folder.

Step 3. Click the "Previous" button to locate and select the file you want to retrieve, then click the "Restore" button to get it back. 

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

Read the full guide on how to recover deleted files from previous versions on Microsoft's web page.

How to Recover Deleted Files Free Windows 10/8/7 

For users who only need to recover a few small files, you can use the free version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. EaseUS free data recovery software allows you to recover up to 2GB of files. You can use it to recover any type of file on the hard drive on a laptop or PC.

Note: The default free space is 500 MB, and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB. 

Deleted File Recovery Summary 

After reading this tutorial, we believe that you have learned effective methods to recover deleted files on PC Windows 10/8/7. When you lost files, be sure to look around for them first.

  • First, you can restore files that have not been permanently deleted from Recycle Bin.
  • Next, check your backups to recover files. It is much easier to back up a file in advance than to recover it after it is lost. You can enable the File History/Windows Backup or use automatic file backup software to protect files.
  • Finally, use EaseUS data recovery to scan your hard drive to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10 if the first two methods aren't valid. 

Related FAQs You Need to Check Out to Recover Deleted Files

If you also have any of the following frequently asked questions about deleted file recovery, find solutions here. 

1. Where do deleted files go?

These are how Microsoft users delete pictures, videos, documents, and other frequently used files daily and where so removed files go.

  • To delete a file or folder, right-click on its icon and choose Delete from the pop-up menu.
  • To delete in a hurry, simply press the Delete key. Or, drag and drop files directly into Recycle Bin.

Deleted items by those manners should go into the Recycle Bin, with a second chance of recovery. Besides, there are other two situations you delete files.  

In these two cases, the deleted files will bypass Recycle Bin and be lost forever. Then you can't restore lost files from the Recycle Bin. See how to recover permanently deleted files in the next question.

2. How do I recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10?

Permanently deleted files by pressing shift+delete keys or via hard drive formatting are recoverable using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Check simple steps on how to recover permanently deleted files Windows 10.

  1. 1. Download and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. 
  2. 2. Select and scan the hard drive or external hard drive where you lost files. 
  3. 3. Preview and recover the permanently deleted files.

3. How to recover deleted files on Mac?

You can recover deleted or permanently deleted files on Mac with EaseUS Mac data recovery software:

  1. 1. Free download and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.
  2. 2. Scan the disk volume for deleted files.
  3. 3. Preview and recover lost files on Mac. 

4. How to recover deleted files from external hard drive?

Once you remove files from an external hard drive or a removable USB flash drive or SD card, the deleted files will not go to the Recycle Bin. You need to connect the external storage device to your computer and make it show up, then apply EaseUS recovery software to recover deleted files from an external hard drive in simple steps. 

  1. 1. Connect your external USB storage device to the laptop or PC. 
  2. 2. Make sure the USB drive appears. 
  3. 3. Open EaseUS data recovery software and use it to retrieve removed files from the external disk.

5. How to recover deleted files on Android?

Android data recovery requires one more step before recovery. You need to root the device in advance and install EaseUS Mobisaver for Android on your Windows computer. The software can scan all lost pictures, contacts, messages, videos, and many more and show the results in categories.

  1. 1. Connect your Android phone to your PC or laptop.
  2. 2. Run EaseUS MobiSaver for Android and scan Android phone to find the lost data.
  3. 3. Preview and retrieve deleted files on Android phone.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"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 you need 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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