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

Jean updated on Nov 06, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles

There are several possible ways to recover deleted files, regardless of the circumstances in which they were deleted. You can restore deleted files from recycle bin, backups, or recover lost files with deleted file recovery software that works even the files have been permanently removed without any backup.

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How to recover deleted files in Windows:

Step 1. Check the Recycle Bin. Stop the Recycle Bin from emptying so often.

Step 2. Restore a file using System Restore

Step 3. Restore deleted files from previous versions.


Recover Deleted Files from the Recycle Bin
Retrieve Deleted Files with Deleted File Recovering Software
Restore Deleted Files from the Previous Versions Using System Restore

How to Recover Deleted Files from 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, 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.

If you are a Mac user, click and see recovering deleted files on Mac.

Quick steps to restore deleted files Windows 10 

How to recover deleted file on PC with Recycle Bin:

1. Right-click on the icon on the desktop.

2. Choose Open from the drop-down menu.

3. Check and select files to recover.

4. Right-click on the files you need.

5. Choose Restore from to recover selected files. You can also drag out the files from Recycle Bin for restoring.

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How to Recover Deleted Files with Deleted File Recovery Software

If the removed files aren't in the recycle bin but you want to retrieve deleted files and not a previously saved version, you can try third-party data recovery software. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is an easy data restoring tool that has been serving in the market for over a decade. 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 assisted numerous users in retrieving deleted files from their PCs, external hard drives, memory cards, USB drives.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard employs advanced algorithm technology of thoroughly scanning each storage unit of a physical hard drive. The overall process for a user to search and find their deleted items is as follows.

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.

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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

Where Do Deleted Files Go

Have you ever been troubled by accidentally losing relevant data on your PC hard drive, memory cards, or USB devices because of mistaken deletion? These are how Microsoft users delete pictures, videos, documents, and other frequently used files in daily use 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. How to recover deleted files in Windows and retrieve permanently lost data? You can check the above content to learn useful ways to undelete files. 

Can I Recover Deleted Files

Is it possible to recover deleted files? When data loss happens, first remember to stop using your computer or other external memory storage devices. 

Why is that? When you right-click a file and press Delete, the system hides the data by removing its file directory and marks the space as free for use. At this moment, you can quickly get the file back by rebuilding the file directory. The data in that space is not removed until that space is occupied by new data. New data is likely to overwrite the previously deleted files, so the possibility of successful data recovery will be affected. It's much riskier if you have a hard drive, memory card, or USB drive with limited free space.

So, when you mistakenly delete data from a device, stop using the device as recommended, and start the data recovery process as soon as possible. There are 3 possible ways for you to recover deleted files in Windows 10/8.1/8/7.

To Sum Up

After reading this tutorial, we believe that you have learned effective methods on how to recover deleted files on PC Windows 10/8/7. When you remove files, be sure to look around for it first. You can search the Recycle Bin using the search box at the top-right corner of the window, which may help you restore accidentally deleted files.

Next, check your backups to recover files if you do have a backup. It is much easier to back up a file in advance than to try to recover it after it is lost. You should back up your most important files regularly so that you don't lose too much important data. You can enable the File History or Windows Backup on your Windows PC or laptop to protect files.

Deleted files aren't necessarily gone permanently, but they can't be easily recovered unless you have professional data recovery software. Download and use EaseUS data recovery to scan your hard drive for deleted files and restore lost data if you can find it in the recycle bin or backup device.

Recover Deleted Files FAQs

Check the following frequently asked questions about how to retrieve deleted files on PC or laptop.

1. How can I recover permanently deleted files for free?

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free is exclusively designed for customers who suffer from a small amount of data loss. You can apply its free version to recover up to 2GB documents, photos, videos, and any type of files and folders without payment.

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

In addition to how to restore deleted files on PC, you may also want to know how to retrieve deleted files from

  • External hard drive
  • Flash drive
  • Memory card, SD card
  • Other storage devices

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. 

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard still allows you to retrieve deleted files after a virus attack, from deleted/lost partition, raw partition, OS crash, and so on.

Step 1. Connect your external USB storage device to PC. 

Step 2. Make sure the USB drive appears. 

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

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

Permanently deleted files by using shift+delete keys or third-party file eraser software are also recoverable via EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and restore from the previous version, except the Recycle Bin. See how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10.

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 then install EaseUS Mobisaver for Android on your Windows computer. The software is capable of scanning 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.

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

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

5. How to recover overwritten Excel files?

What if the Excel files were overwritten by the new documents? Commonly generic data recovery software cannot directly restore the overwritten files and ensure the entirety. You should try to look at the Temp files and the previous versions. Read how to recover overwritten/replaced Excel documents.

6. Can you recover permanently deleted files on Google Drive?

To recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive, you can go to find the items from [1] from backups via Backup and Sync, [2] locally existed files via EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free, [3] contact Administrator & the official support for help. Read how to recover permanently deleted files on Google Drive.


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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 isn't it suggested 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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