How to Recover Deleted Files from Downloads Folder

Roxanne updated on Sep 16, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you have lost your files after accidentally deleting Download Folder, do not worry, learn how to recover deleted files from Download Folder in Windows 10/8/7 from backups or Previous Version, or using third-party data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Recover files from a backup or previous versions - unuseful if there aren't backups
Recover files with data recovery software - works in all cases

"Recently, I deleted my entire Downloads Folder on my Windows 10 PC and then cleared out the recycling bin. Later, I realized that there were many useful files in the folder. But unfortunately, all the downloaded files were permanently gone while I emptied the recycle bin. I want to know is it possible to recover deleted files from the Download Folder in Windows 10? Thanks a lot!" 

Two Ways to Recover Deleted Files from Downloads Folder in Windows 10/8/7

Downloads folder is a default location in Windows for storing all files and apps that are downloaded from the internet. But due to some reasons, such as the C drive corruption/formatting, human-made accidental deletion, accidental deletion files, mistaken deletion of anti-virus software, the data in Downloads folder get removed. As a result, "Is there any way to undelete Downloads Folder and recover deleted files?" or "how can I recover deleted files from my Downloads folder?" becomes a hot problem. Here we will introduce you two effective solutions to recover files from Download Folder in Windows 10/8/7. Read on to see details.

Part 1. How to Recover Files from a Backup or Previous Versions

If you can't find the Downloads folder on your computer or you accidentally deleted files from that folder, you can restore from a backup (if you're using Windows backup) or from a previous version. Previous versions. 

If you haven't made any backup or the previous versions are not available, which happens in most time, directly use a professional data recovery software to recover the deleted files as soon as you can. The later you wait for data recovery, the less likely you are to restore.

Recover deleted files from a backup

  • Connect the media or drive that your backup is saved to your computer.
  • Click the "Start" button and search for "Control Panel".
  • Select "System and Maintenance", and then choose "Backup and Restore".
  • Choose "Restore my files", and then follow the on-screen instructions to completes the process.

Recover deleted files from previous versions

Previous Versions are copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point, which can help you recover deleted files and folders from a previous state. 

  • Right-click on the logical drive/folder which used to contain the Downloads folder.
  • Click on "Restore Previous version" to list all the available previous versions of files and folders.
  • Before restoring a previous version of a file or folder, select the previous version, and then click "Open" to view it to make sure it's the version you want. Next, click "Restore" to recover the deleted files.

recover deleted files from downloads folder

Part 2. How to Recover Files with Deleted Files Recovery Software

If the above ways fail, don't get discouraged, continue to try the most useful way - recover deleted files from Downloads Folder with EaseUS hard drive recovery software. This top-rank data recovery tool enables you to recover deleted, even permanently deleted files or folders from hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, pen drive, SD card, CF card, etc. at high recovery rate. 

Apart from deleted recovery, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard also supports hard drive formatted recovery, recycle bin emptied data recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, RAW partition recovery, and more. Now, download this green and reliable data recovery application to restore deleted files in the Downloads folder in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Select location to scan.

On EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, move your mouse on "Select Folder" and click "Browse". Select the location where you lost the Downloads folder and click "OK" to let this program scan and find your lost Downloads folder.

select a location and scan lost downloads folder

Step 2. Check and preview the found Downloads folder.

When the scanning process finishes, check "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" columns or use Search to find the "Downloads" folder with lost files. You can double-click to open and preview the found files in the Downloads folder.

Preview lost folder data.

Step 3. Restore the Downloads folder and save it to a safe location.

Click "Recover" to save the Downloads folder to another safe location on your PC.

Restore lost Downloads folder.

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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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