How to Free Recover Files Deleted Long Time Ago

Jean updated on Dec 27, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Want to recover deleted photos, videos or documents after years? Learn by yourself how to recover files deleted long time ago from hard drive, USB flash drive, camera or phone's memory card by using EaseUS free data recovery software.

"Is it possible for me to recover 2-year-old deleted photos and videos in an SD card? They're family photos and some video recordings on my wedding day. I would try to restore those precious memories at all costs."

Can You Recover Photos or Videos Deleted Long Time Ago

It's really interesting to hear that so many people are asking for a recovery method in order to recover deleted files after years, especially photos and videos that recorded unforgettable memories. But here comes the question, will they be able to find the lost thing after so long a time?

Theoretically, that's out of the question since data recovery has nothing to do with the date on which you lost them, by either manually deleting or formatting disk just now, a week ago, a month ago or a year even years ago. What it matters is that whether you are saving new data onto the partition where the deleted files were.

For your information, no matter how long the files had been deleted in the past, as long as they're still not overwritten by new data, they would be easily restored by using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, the world's first-rate data recovery software owning millions of customers. Otherwise, the recovery process would take more time and efforts.

Now Follow the Detailed Steps to Recover Files Deleted Long Time Ago

First of all, download EaseUS free file recovery software on your Windows PC so that you can recover 2GB files for free. Please download the Mac version if you're Apple computer users. Next, bring your HDD, USB drive or memory card where files were deleted and make sure they're correctly connected to the PC. You shall now begin.

To recover deleted data:

First, choose a location to scan
Second, quickly display the deleted data
Third, preview data and then recover

Let's learn the detailed steps:

Step 1. Choose a location

Just make it clear where the data was deleted. Choose this drive and click the Scan button.

select a location

Step 2. Check the quick scan result

It takes several minutes for the software to find deleted contents, and it will put the result in "Deleted files". You can recover the deleted data as soon as it appears in the result.

select data and click recover

Step 3. Preview data and recover

A double-click on a file allows you to preview. Select the wanted data and click "Recover".

scan deleted data

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. 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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