How to Recover Files Deleted Long Time Ago

Jean updated on Sep 23, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


This page includes EaseUS file recovery software with other possible ways to assist you restore files, photos, videos that were deleted long time ago. If you are trying to recover deleted files years ago, try solutions on this page. You may still have a chance.

This page includes effective solutions to help you restore deleted files long time ago on Windows hard drive, SSD, external hard drive, USB, and Android phone SD card.

How Do I Recover Deleted Files Long Time Ago?

"Can I possibly recover photos and videos that were deleted about 2 years ago on an SD card? Most of these files were family photos and some recordings of my wedding. I remember to move these files to an external hard drive and deleted them from the SD card.

Last week, I looked around my house but didn't find the external hard drive. I've got the SD card and it's empty. So I would like to restore those precious memories from the SD card at all costs."

To restore deleted files a long time ago is no longer a new need. If you have the same requests, follow provided solutions on this page for help.

If you don't have a backup of deleted files years ago, refer to Method 1 and apply reliable file recovery software for help. If you still have the backup of years ago deleted files, follow Method 2 for a guide.

Method 1. Recover Files Deleted Long Time Ago with File Recovery Software

Applies to: Restore files that were deleted long time ago without backup.

For Your Information: As long as the deleted files on storage devices were not overwritten by new data, there is still a chance to restore them.

The key point of restoring deleted files is that whether you have saved new data onto the device where the deleted files were. It doesn't matter the files were deleted a week ago, a month ago or a year even years ago. 

Professional data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard enables you to effectively scan and restore files that were deleted long time ago in only a few simple clicks. Install this software on your Windows PC and let this software bring your sweet memory and valuable files back immediately.

1. Both Windows and Mac users can apply this software to restore years ago deleted files. If you are a Mac user, download the Mac version for help.
2. Make sure to connect the storage devices such as USB or SD memory card on which you lost files a long period ago to the PC correctly.

Then you shall begin the recovery process:

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card where you want to perform erased data recovery, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover.

When the scanning has finished, select the deleted files you want to recover. Double-click the file to preview its content if you need to.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

After choosing the data, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the deleted data.

Recover lost data

Method 2. Recover Deleted Files Long Time Ago from Backup

Applies to: Restore lost files that were deleted long time ago from personal backup, Windows backup or Mobile phone backup.

Note: If you didn't create a back up of your lost files, go back to Method 1 and apply EaseUS file recovery software for help. If you have a habit of creating backups for important files, congratulations. You can effectively bring lost files back from your backup.

Here we'll show you to bring lost files from personal backup, Windows Backup, and Cloud backup:

# 1. Restore from Personal Backup

Advantage: Free & Fast Recovery

If you've manually copied and saved the lost files to another storage device, you can effectively bring the lost files back from your copies.

Step 1. Connect the storage device which contains the backup of your lost files to the PC.

Step 2. Open the storage device in File Explorer, locate and copy your lost files.

Step 3. Paste and save them to a secure location on your PC.

# 2. Restore from Windows Backup

Advantage: Free

If your lost files were saved on Windows PC and you've created a backup of these files by using Windows Backup. Congratulations. You can effectively bring these files back by performing 

The below steps are taken on Windows 10:

Step 1. Open "Control Panel", go to "System and Maintenance", select "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)". 

Step 2. Click "Restore my files" .

Restore files from Windows Backup.

Step 3. Click "Browse for files" or "Browse for folders" to select the previously created backup.

Select backup to restore.

Step 4. Navigate a location to save the backup - "In the original location" or "In the following location".

If there's a conflict, choose "Copy and Replace", "Don't copy" or "Copy, but keep both files" according to your needs.

Resolve conflict.

Step 5. Wait for the restoring process to complete.

Wait for the recovery to complete.

After this, you can go back to the location where you used to save the deleted files. You'll be able to view and use them again. 

# 3. Restore from Mobile Phone Backup

Advantage: Free 

If you are an android user and have created a backup of your long term lost files on your cellphone, follow the below tips for help:

For Android users:

Go to "Settings" > Tab Back up & restore > Choose the latest backup files and click Restore from Backup to get all lost data restored.

For iPhone users:

As restoring a backup from iOS backup will erase the current device, we suggest you use a third-party iOS data recovery software for help. EaseUS MobiSaver support to restore iCloud backup with ease.

Bonus Tip: Protect Files with Regular Backup

You should know that the best way to restore lost files from all kinds of disasters is to create a full backup in advance. To make the backup process simple and easy for you, we suggest you try EaseUS Todo Backup.

It allows you to selectively back up files within only 3 simple steps:

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File Backup", "Disk/partition Backup" or "System Backup".

back up data with easeus todo backup

Step 2: Choose disk partition that you want to back up. Then select a destination where you want to store the backup file.

Step 3: Click "Proceed" to start the data backup process.

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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 to better 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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