Recover Permanently Deleted Files from OneDrive Windows 10

Jean updated on May 17, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


This how-to guide offers you complete solutions on how to recover permanently deleted files from Microsoft Windows 10 OneDrive. Apply either of the OneDrive file recovery solutions to get back all of your deleted documents, photos and program files as soon as possible.

OneDrive Deleted Files Recovery

When you happened to delete files and folders from OneDrive storage, don't worry, you still have a chance to restore them within 30 days. According to Microsoft, the removed documents, photos, video games, music, movies and program data files from OneDrive in Windows 10 are not lost at once. Instead, OneDrive keeps the deleted items in its recycle bin for a maximum of 30 days and a minimum of 3 days.

To undelete OneDrive files in Windows 10, follow the instructions given below.

Step 1. Right-click OneDrive icon and select "view online".

Step 2. Sign in your OneDrive account on the OneDrive website:

Step 3. Click the "Recycle Bin" button in the left pane.

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Step 4. All the deleted files and folders will be displayed in the right pane. To restore specific files or folders, pick them by selecting their checkbox, to restore all items, click "Restore all items".

When you delete files from OneDrive desktop app, you can check your computer's Recycle Bin to undelete OneDrive files unless you've emptied the Windows Recycle Bin or the Recycle Bin is overflowing, at this point, old items are removed automatically. However, even if you have emptied the recycle bin, you can still recover files deleted from the recycle bin after emptying with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard introduced below. 

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from OneDrive

Your OneDrive folder location is set as a default at C:\Users\[your username], which contains all the synced files and folders. When you delete something by whichever means, even after the 30 days limit exceeds or OneDrive & Windows Recycle Bin is cleared and emptied, there is one way to recover permanently deleted OneDrive files. 

Try a third-party file recovery tool to recover the original OneDrive files that were deleted from HDD or external USB drive, SD card or other storage devices & emptied Windows Recycle Bin. Among all, we highly recommend you try EaseUS hard drive recovery software, which stands out for its full capability of deleted files recovery on Windows platforms, such as photo recovery, video and audio recovery, lost Word document recovery, as well as other files restoring caused by accidental deletion, hard drive damage/formatting, OS crash, or virus attack.

Now, prepare the storage drive that saved the original copy of the deleted files on OneDrive, and follow the guide to make OneDrive recovery. 

1. If your local files are in sync with the cloud device when your delete the cloud device data (like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive), the local files will also be deleted. And you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover the local files. However, this file recovery software cannot recover data from a cloud device directly.
2. EaseUS Data Recovery software cannot recover local disk data if the disk has been overwritten!

Detailed Steps to Recover Data:

Step 1. Select the disk partition or storage location where you lost cloud files and click "Scan".

select the local drive of your cloud drive

Step 2. Wait for the scanning process to finish. The scanning process may take a little bit of time, please be patient.

Step 3. Recover the files. After the scan, preview all the listed recoverable files and select those you want. Finally, click the "Recover" button to get them back.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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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