How to Recover Deleted Files/Folder from Desktop in Windows 10/7

Roxanne updated on Oct 12, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Can't you find a way to recover desktop files? Here you will learn how to recover deleted or lost files/folders from the desktop from the previous version or with powerful third-party data recovery software in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista.

Lost desktop files without a backup, how to recover?

"Yesterday, I accidentally deleted a desktop folder that contains a lot of precious pictures and home videos of my families for many years. I checked the recycle bin, nothing was found. I am wondering is there any way to recover the deleted files from desktop? I'm using Windows 10."

Similar to what happened in the above user story, today, accidental deletion is a major reason for data loss. And other common causes can be storage device formatting, hard drive damage, OS crash, recycle bin emptying, virus attack, etc.

In this post, we are going to discuss how to recover deleted files from desktop in Windows 10/8/7 in two useful ways. You can restore deleted desktop files either from the previous version or with powerful third-party data recovery software with the step-by-step tutorials. Follow and try it out now!

How to Recover Deleted Files from Desktop via Previous Versions

Previous versions are either copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup or copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point. When you deleted files or folders on your desktop, you can try to restore them for free from the previous version. Here we will show you how to make it.

  • Find the folder that contains the deleted file or folder, right-click it, then click "Restore previous versions".
  • You'll see a list of available previous versions of the file or folder. Before restoring a previous version of a file or folder, click "Open" to preview it to make sure it’s the version you want.
  • Then, click "Restore" to recover deleted files from Desktop.

how to recover deleted files from desktop from previous versions

  • The recovered file or folder will replace the current version, and the replacement cannot be undone.
  • If the Restore button isn’t available, it means that you can't restore a previous version of the file or folder to its original location. However, you might be able to open and save it to a different location.

It's quite simple to recover deleted files from desktop through the previous versions. But the fact is that many users do not have the copies of files or folders created by Windows Backup or Windows automatic backup. Then how to recover deleted files or folders from desktop without a backup? Don’t worry, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard comes to help you out.

How to Recover Desktop Files with Data Recovery Software

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard enables you to recover deleted files or folders from desktop, even the permanently deleted ones, in three simple steps on Windows  10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server.

Besides, to recover deleted files on Mac, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is available to you.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select location to scan lost folder.

Under the Specify a location section, click "Browse" on Select Folder to choose the location where you lost the folder and click "OK" to scan the lost folder.

Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find and preview found files in the lost folder.

You can find the lost folder in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name. Then open the found folder and double-click to preview lost files.

Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover and save the lost folder with files.

Last, select the folder and files and click "Recover", browse to choose a new & secure spot on your PC and click "OK" to save it.

Restore lost folder data.

Useful Tips to Prevent Data Loss

  • Back up of crucial files automatically with schedule backup software
  • Eject the external storage device before disconnecting
  • Manage files carefully to avoid accidental loss of data
  • Back up your hard drive before formatting or a major Windows update
  • Keep a data recovery software handy to recover lost data in time

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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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