How to Recover Deleted/Overwritten/Unsaved CSV Files

CSV stands for "comma-separated values", it can be lost due to accidental deletion, unknown hidden, formatting or virus infection. If you happen to encounter CSV loss, you can resort to the approaches here to recover lost, deleted, corrupted, overwritten and unsaved CSV files in excel.

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Overview of CSV File Recovery

CSV stands for "comma-separated values", it is a simple file format used to store tabular data, such as a spreadsheet or database. For common users like us, it's mostly related to Microsoft Excel. Especially, we backup contacts on smartphones as a .csv file, which can be open in Excel.

If you're the unlucky ones who inadvertently lost a .csv file that is really important, the following solutions might do some help.

How to Recover Lost or Deleted CSV Files

CSV files loss due to accidental deletion, unknown hidden, formatting or virus infection can be effortlessly retrieved back by EaseUS Data Recovery Software. This piece of decent file recovery software supports to recover 500+ types of files, including .csv file format. Learn from the 3-step guide to recover deleted CSV/Excel files with ease.

Step 1. Specify a location.

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Software. Choose the drive X: or a specific folder on Desktop or somewhere else where you lost the excel files, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan for data.

During the scan, you'll see more and more data showing up very quickly in the "Deleted files" result. Wait for the scanning process finishes. To quickly find the Excel files from the scan results, click on the "Filter" on the top area and choose "Excel". Or, search .xls or .xlsx in the Search box. 

scan excel files

Step 3. Preview and recover.

You can double click on the Excel file to preview its integrity. Finally, select the desired Excel files and click "Recover".

preview and recover excel files

How to Recover Unsaved Changes in CSV Files

Here's another situation that you might lose changes made in the CSV file, for example, Excel crashed while you're editing on it, how to recover unsaved CSV files then? In this case, you can only try to recover the changes from the temporary files. Here is the path:

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Excel\

How to Recover Overwritten CSV Files

Technically, you can use none third-party data recovery programs to recover overwritten data, because once a file or folder is overwritten by new data, it's permanently gone.

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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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