Recover Permanently Deleted Files/Folders without Software in Windows 10/8/7 & Mac

Roxanne updated on Sep 17, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


You may permanently delete files or folders by emptying recycle bin or Shift+Delete. Facing this issue, you can recover permanently deleted files in Windows without software by using the command prompt, restoring from a previous version or backup. Besides, if all these ways fail, you can still use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10 with ease.

How to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10 without software
how to recover deleted files with a data recovery tool if CMD fails

How can I recover the deleted file without using any software? 

"I accidentally shift deleted a folder on my Windows 10 computer last night. There are many great images and word & excel documents stored in it. Is it possible to recover permanently deleted files or folders without using any software? If yes, how can I do it? Please help! I need to get my data back!" 

"Is it possible to recover permanently deleted files or folders without software?" This is a frequently asked question by many users. Here, we would like to confirm that recover deleted files in Windows 10 without software is possible. In total, there are three possible ways to make it, restoring from the previous version, using the command prompt, and recovering from backup. In the following parts, we'll demonstrate these three approaches respectively, read in depth. 

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files/Folders Without Using any Software

The most commonly used way to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10 without software is applying the command prompt. Let's stat here. 

To Recover Permanently Deleted Files (Including Deleted Recycle Bin Files) Using the attrib Command

Using command prompt to recover deleted files in Windows is the first way you should try although it's not 100% effective.

1. Press Windows + X keys at the same time to bring up a menu, click the "Command Prompt (Admin)" to open Windows Command Prompt and run it with administrator privilege.

recover deleted recycle bin files using cmd

2. Type: chkdsk X: /f and hit Enter. (X represents the drive letter of the drive where your files were deleted off)

3. Type Y to confirm the command and hit Enter to continue.

4. Type X (your own drive's drive letter) again and hit Enter.

5. Type X:\>attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.* and hit Enter. Wait until the command to take effect and restore your deleted files.

To Restore Deleted Files from the Previous Version

The Previous Version feature is a part of the Volume shadow service. By this service, Windows creates a restore point which helps you effectively to roll back the changes. In this case, when you mistakenly deleted one or more critical files or folders, you can try to retrieve them back from the Previous Version without downloading or installing any third-party data recovery software. It works even you emptied the recycle bin or shift deleted your files or folders. 

1. Right-click the folder where you deleted your files and select "Restore previous versions". Now, you will see an option to recover the folder.

Recover permanently recover deleted files from previous version.

If you don't see "Restore previous Versions" by right-click, then follow the steps below to continue.

2. Go to Control Panel to turn on the "System Protection".
3. Click on "System & Security" > "System" > "System Protection" (on the left sidebar).
4. Available drives with corresponding protection will be shown.
5. Select a particular drive and click on configure.
6. Click on "restore system settings and previous versions of files" and click on "OK". That's all; now you will see an option to recover the particular file.

To Retrieve Lost Files from Backup

If you are using Windows Backup, then there is a high possibility to recover permanently deleted files in windows 10 by using a backup method. 

1. Connect your backup storage media with your Windows PC.
2. Press Windows + I key to go to "Settings". 
3. Choose "Update & Security" > "Backup".
4. Click "Go to Backup & Restore (Windows 7)".
5. Click "Restore My Files".

recover from backup

If you are lucky enough, you will successfully recover permanently deleted files or folders after finishing all the above steps. But if not, don't fret, you still have another reliable choice by recovering deleted files with data recovery software

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10 with Software 

If all the solutions demonstrated above fails, you still have an effective workaround. You can use the sophisticated data recovery program - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10/8/7 & Mac. With the help of this tool, you can recover lost files, folders, documents, emails, audios, videos, as well as other 200+ files with a few clicks. 

Except for deleted files recovery, this versatile data recovery program also supports formatted recovery, recycle bin emptied data recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, RAW partition recovery, etc. 

Now, download and use this data recovery software to recover permanently deleted files file from HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, Pen drive, external hard drive, and so on. 

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Choose the specific device and drive where you have permanently deleted files. Then, click "Scan" to find lost files.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. The software will automatically start scanning all over the selected drive. Soon, a quick scan result comes out and displays in "Deleted Files" under the drive/disk.

scan permanently deleted files

Step 3. Preview and select the wanted files. Next, click "Recover" to save them to another secure location or device.

select files and click recover

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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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