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 is a slip-up that happens to most of us. If you delete a file unintentionally but realize you need it later, you can follow the useful tips 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 on 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 afterwards, recovering recently deleted files can be easy. Use the following steps 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 to recover and select "Restore".

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

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 are no previously saved versions, you can use one of the best data recovery software - 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 over a decade of flawless track record in the data recovery field.

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Download EaseUS deleted data recovery software for free and follow an intuitive process to restore deleted files from laptop or PC on Windows 10. 

Step 1. Choose the exact file location and then click the "Scan" button to continue.

select the location to scan for deleted files

Step 2. After the process, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" button to find the deleted files.

check the results

Step 3. Click the "Recover" button and save the restored files – ideally, it should be different from the original one.

recover deleted files

Caution: Don't save the recovered data back to the partition or drive where you lost it! You can transfer to that location after recovery, but recovering directly to the same drive may result in overwriting the file. If you 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 data. You can use it to recover any type of file on the hard drive of a laptop or PC.

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Restore Deleted Files Using the Previous Versions Feature (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 using specially crafted 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 the deleted files back.

recover deleted files from previous version

In Windows 7:

Step 1. Click the "Start" button, select "Computer", and navigate to the folder that used to contain the file or fold that you need to recover.

Step 2. Right-click the folder and select "Restore previous versions" in the context menu.

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 have previously set up Windows Backup, you can use it to retrieve deleted files. To restore a file from a backup, make sure the media or drive that stores your backup 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.

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, you'll find answers here.

1. Where do deleted files go?

Items deleted in a regular way should end up in the Recycle Bin, which gives you a second chance of recovery if you change your mind. However, if you use the "Shift" + "Delete" key combination to delete a file or a bunch of files permanently, the deleted items will bypass the Recycle Bin. A similar predicament may occur behind your back if a strain of malware corrupts or wipes your files.

But they are not gone forever, as your operating system doesn't completely erase files right after they were deleted. Although disk space is labelled as available, 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. Download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac for free and run it.

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

select a location and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will list the files it finds in the left-hand sidebar.

start scan on the Mac

Step 3. Preview the items you are looking for 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?

If 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 using the following simple steps.

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive, USB, or SD card to a 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 an extra 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 your smartphone for lost pictures, contacts, messages, videos, and many more types of files, and will 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 your Android phone to find the lost data.

let EaseUS MobiSaver scan for deleted files from Android

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

recover deleted or lost files from Android

Deleted File Recovery Conclusion

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After reading this tutorial, we believe that you have learned effective methods to recover deleted files on a PC running Windows 10/8/7. When you lose files, be sure to look around for them before calling it quits.

  • First, you can restore files that have not been permanently deleted from the Recycle Bin.
  • Next, use EaseUS data recovery software to scan your hard drive and recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10 if the first method is a no-go.
  • Finally, check your File History or backups to recover files. Keep in mind that 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 feature or use automatic file backup software to protect your files proactively.

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