How to Recover Permanently Deleted Emails in Outlook 2018/2017/2016/2010/2007/2003

Jean updated on May 14, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Summary

If you have hard deleted (or namely permanently deleted) emails in Microsoft Outlook 2016, 2013 or any other Outlook version, and now you want to recover the deleted items. Take it easy. You can recover deleted emails in Outlook from the Deleted Items folder or by using an email recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

By doing any one of the following things, you will delete the emails in Outlook in a permanent way. Or, you may call it a "hard deleted".

  • Empty the "Deleted Items" folder for good.
  • Archive old emails using the settings "Clean out items folder older than xx months".
  • Use shift + delete keys to delete the selected email files, folders or subfolders.

After those operations, can you recover permanently deleted emails in Outlook? The answer is YES. There are two exclusive solutions to make you through. One is recovering deleted emails in Outlook from the Deleted Items folder, and the other is using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hard drive recovery software to recover permanently deleted Outlook emails on the local drive.

How to Recover Deleted Emails in Outlook 2018/2016/2013

When you permanently delete items from Outlook, in fact, you didn't really lose this data. Microsoft Outlook still keeps these emails in somewhere else. They are just hidden from normal, for at least a few weeks or even much longer. So you have the chance to recover permanently delete emails in Outlook. Follow the detailed instructions below.

Step 1. Log in to your Microsoft Outlook account, go to the email folder list and click "Deleted Items".

Note: If you don't see the Deleted Items folder, but instead see the Trash folder, then your account doesn't allow you to recover an item that's no longer in the Deleted Items folder.

Step 2. Go to the Home screen, and then click "Recover Deleted Items From Server".

Note: If Recover Deleted Items From Server isn't there, your account doesn't support recovering an item that's no longer in your Deleted Items folder.

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Step 3. Then, Microsoft will recover permanently deleted emails from their exchange server and list them for you. Select the item you want to recover, click "Restore Selected Items" and then click "OK".

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Step 4. When you recover deleted emails from the Recoverable Items folder, they are moved to the Deleted Items folder. You can find them there and then move it to Inbox or another folder.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Outlook Emails with Email Recovery Software

There are two types of Outlook data files used by Outlook, .pst and .ost. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard supports both PST file recovery and OST file recovery. By locating the files of the mentioned formats in the scan results, you can quickly restore the emails that you've deleted on a local drive; even the PST/OST files are permanently gone.

Apart from the email recovery, EaseUS data recovery tool is also good at photo recovery, video and audio recovery, lost Word document recovery (as well as Excel & PPT), as well as other files restoring caused by accidental deletion, hard drive damage/formatting, OS crash, or virus attack.

Warning
1. All email file recovery software or tools only support the recovery of local PST or OST files, rather than the recovery of a specific mail.
2. If you lost email files in an email app, with no local files saved on your PC, it's almost impossible to recover deleted emails.
3. Also, please find the location where you saved the lost email files or folders before applying the email recovery guide here for help.

Step 1. Run Email recovery software.

Select the right location - a hard drive or a specific location where you used to save the lost email files or folder.

Click "Scan" to let EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard fully scan and find lost emails.

Run data recovery software.

Step 2. Find lost email.

Find lost email files in the below location:

Deleted Files: If you accidentally deleted email files, it will appear here.

Drive x: Another place for you to find lost email files.

Search or Filter features can also help you quickly find the lost emails.

Find lost email files.

Step 3. Start Email recovery.

Now that, you can select found email files and click "Recover". Then save them on a secure location on your PC.

Restore Email.
 
 

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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