How to Recover Deleted OneNote Files

Roxanne updated on Feb 22, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you have deleted a page or a whole OneNote file by mistake, you can learn two ways to recover it. One is recovering OneNote files from backup, and the other is restoring deleted OneNote with EaseUS file recovery software.

Is there any way to recover deleted OneNote files?

"I had been working on an exam study guide in OneNote 2007 for several hours work in the past few days. Last night, I accidentally deleted the file by pressing the Delete button. It's a nightmare! I have to get it back. Is there any way to recover deleted OneNote files?"

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Recover OneNote from Backup Open the notebook > Click File, then tab Info > Open Backups...Full steps
Method 2. Use EaseUS Data Recovery Software Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard > Choose the OneNote file location > Click the Scan button...Full steps

How to Recover Deleted OneNote Files

If you've lost or delete some recent notes you were working on, you may still have a chance to restore it. There are two possible ways to recover deleted OneNote files in this article; you can selectively choose to restore OneNote from backup or using hard drive recovery software.   

Method 1. Recover OneNote from Backup on the Computer

OneNote provides the automatic backup feature to keep the notes according to the time you set. If you have backed up OneNote, you can manually restore OneNote from backup.

If your OneNote files were stored on your computer, do the following.

  • Open the notebook where you lost recent notes.
  • Click "File" > "Info" > open "Backups".
  • In the Open Backup dialog box, note the folder names that appear. Each folder represents a OneNote notebook that's stored on your computer.
  • Double click the notebook folder you want to open.
  • Select the notebook section backup file you want to open, and then click "Open".
  • If your deleted notes are included in the backup sections or pages, right-click the section tab or individual page tab you want to restore, and then use the Move or Copy command to put the notes back in their original location.

Method 2. Recover Deleted OneNote files with EaseUS Data Recovery Software

Per default, OneNote saves your notebooks to OneDrive or you can choose to create a local notebook on your Windows Documents folder. And you can change the default location via going to "File" > "Options" > "Save & Backup" > "Modify…" and select a location. 

If you have deleted OneNote files on your computer, you can also use a professional hard drive recovery software to recover lost OneNote without any data loss. And EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is such a versatile tool that enables you to restore lost documents with ease. For instance, recover lost Word document, restore removed Excel, PTT, PDF, HTML, etc.

Except for the deleted files recovery, this program is also good at format recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, virus attack recovery, RAW recovery, and so on.

Now, download and install EaseUS data recovery tool for free. Then recover lost OneNote files with the step by step guides.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the OneNote file location and click the Scan button.

select onenote file location

Step 2. The software will start immediately to scan all over the selected drive. Wait for the process ends, and then quickly filter the OneNote files by clicking "Filter" and choosing "Documents".

scan onenote files

Step 3. Locate the OneNote files (.one) in the filtered results, select the desired ones and click "Recover" to get them all back.

select onenote files and click recover

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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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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