How to Recover Deleted/Overwritten/Unsaved CSV Files

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

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.

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 perhaps 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. That's part of what the software has found and displayed. To quickly find the Excel files in the massive data in the scan results, click on the "Filter" on the top area and choose "Documents". Or, search .xls or .xlsx in the Search box. 

scan excel files

Step 3. Preview and recover.

You can double click on a file to preview its integrity. Finally, select the desired 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:


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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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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