How to Recover Deleted Files from Laptop/PC on Windows 10/8/7

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.

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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 your 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. To recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin on Windows 10:

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.

recover deleted files windows 10 from recycle bin

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 a 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.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Support permanently deleted files recovery, formatted recovery, RAW recovery, and more data recovery.
  • Recover deleted files from SD card, USB flash drive, HDD, SSD, external hard drive, and more devices.
  • Recover lost Word document, Excel, photos, videos, audios, emails, and other hundreds of file types.

Free download EaseUS deleted data 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.

scan deleted files

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.  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.

Restore Deleted Files from the Previous Version (Without Software)

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 recover deleted files without software, follow these steps.

In Windows 10/8.1/8:

Step 1. Open Control Panel.

Step 2. Go to "File History > Restore personal files".

Step 3. Click the green restore button to get back the deleted files.

recover deleted files from previous version

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".

right click the folder and select 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 

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

How to Retrieve Files from a Backup on Windows 10/8.1/8/7

If you are using Windows backup, you can retrieve deleted files from a Windows backup. To restore a file from a backup, make sure the media or drive that your backup is saved on is available, and then follow these steps:

Step 1. Click the Start button, type Control Panel and select it.

open control panel

Step 2. Select Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

click backup and restore

Step 3. Click the "Select another backup to restore files from" option and choose your backup.

select another backup to restore

Step 4. Click "Next" and follow the instructions to complete the recovery process.

recover deleted files from Windows 10/8/7 backup

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?

Deleted items by those manners should go into the Recycle Bin, with a second chance of recovery. If you use shift+delete to delete a file or a bunch of files permanently. The deleted files will bypass Recycle Bin.

But they are not gone forever, and your operating system doesn't completely erase files right after they were deleted. Space is marked as available, but the files are still there somewhere.

where do deleted files go

2. How to recover deleted files on Mac?

You can recover deleted or permanently deleted files on Mac with EaseUS Mac data recovery software. Free download and run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Step 1. Select the device location where you deleted files. Click the "Scan" button to find permanently deleted files. 

select a location and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will list the files it finds on the left pane.

start scan on the Mac

Step 3. Preview and click the "Recover Now" button to restore permanently deleted files on Mac.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

3. How to recover deleted files from an external hard drive, SD card, or USB drive?

Once you remove files from an external hard drive, a removable USB flash drive, or an 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.

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive, USB, or SD card to the laptop or PC.

Step 2. Make sure the device appears.

Step 3. Open EaseUS data recovery software and use it to retrieve removed files from the external disk.

how to recover deleted files from external hard drive, USB or SD card

4. 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.

Step 1. Connect your Android phone to your PC or laptop.

connect your Android to your Windows computer

Step 2. Run EaseUS MobiSaver for Android and scan Android phone to find the lost data.

let EaseUS MobiSaver scan for deleted files from Android

Step 3. Preview and retrieve deleted files on Android phone.

recover deleted or lost files from Android

Deleted File Recovery Conclusion

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, use EaseUS data recovery software to scan your hard drive to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10 if the first method isn't valid.
  • Finally, check your File History or 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.

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