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How to Recover Deleted Files & Folders from Hard Drive

Updated on Dec 27, 2018 by Jean to Deleted Recovery

Summary

Follow the guides to recover deleted files from Windows Recycle Bin or recover an older version of the deleted or lost file. If these two free methods 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. This method can also be free if you lost less than 2GB of data.

Have you ever been troubled by losing important data on your PC hard drive, memory cards, or USB devices because of mistaken deletions? I’m glad to inform you that it is 100% 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 for effective recovery of deleted files

When data loss happens, first remember to stop using your computer or other external memory storage devices. This will protect the deleted files for data recovery, which could otherwise be overwritten if you continue to use your device. But how can you get deleted data back? 

When you right-click a file and press Delete, the system just hides the data by removing its file directory and marks the space as free for use. At this moment, you can easily get the file back by rebuilding the file directory. The data in that space is not deleted until that space needs to use, at which point the associated data blocks are overwritten. 

If you continue to use the device, it becomes increasingly likely that new data will erase and overwrite the previously deleted files. In this case, the chance of successful data recovery is decreased. This risk of overwriting is made greater if you have a hard drive, memory card, or USB drive with limited free space.

Three possible ways to recover deleted files 

So, when you mistakenly delete data from a device, stop using the device and start the data recovery process as soon as possible! There are 3 possible ways you can recover deleted files.

Method 1. To recover deleted files from Windows Recycle Bin

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

Method 2. To restore 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 by using the free backup and restore feature built into Windows. 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 the folder, 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'd like back and click "Restore" to recover the deleted files.

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, then click the "Restore" button to get it back. 

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

Method 3. To recover deleted files with data recovery software

If you want to recover the exact copy of your deleted files, and not a previously saved version, you can try a third-party data recovery software. Here, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional, an easy recovery tool, is recommended. It is designed for dealing with all complicated data loss situations such as deleted recovery, format recovery, data recovery after virus attack, system crash, raw error, and more. It has helped numerous to users recover deleted files from their PCs, external hard drives, memory cards, USB drives.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard recovers deleted files and folders on computer hard drives, external USB flash drives, and micro SD cards by thoroughly scanning its storage unit. The overall process for a user to search and find their deleted items is as follows.

 

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 "Extra Files" 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 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.