Will System Restore Delete My Files

Jean updated on Oct 19, 2018 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Will system restore delete my files? If you are the one who asks the question, take time to read this post where you can find out what programs and files will be affected by a system restore. Use data recovery software to recover deleted files instead of a system restore.

"I'm thinking to make a system restore, but tell you the truth I'm afraid of doing the restore without knowing nothing about it. If I restore my computer from a restore point, will my files be deleted? I have many good videos downloaded from Youtube."

As we've learned in the before, the best way to recover permanently deleted files without using software is by Windows System Restore. In one aspect, system restore provides you a second chance to access the abandoned documents, videos, pictures and folders under the "Restore previous versions" tab, while in the other aspect, you cannot keep any of the data and programs created later than the restore point you selected.

Which Programs and files will be affected after a system restore?

Always bear in mind that a system restore will affect your system files, programs, drivers and registry settings. That's 100% true. When you're planning to make a system restore, take time and think for a while what this behavior help and ruin!

Will system restore delete files? Yes. System Restore will not affect your Documents folder or Personal files like photos, emails, etc, but you may find files on your desktop going missing. 

And this is a universal method to check which programs, drivers and files will be affected by system restore.

  • Press Windows + R keys in Windows 10/8/7 to bring up the Run box. 
  • Type rstrui.exe in the empty box and hit Enter. This will open System Restore.
  • Select Choose a different restore point and click Next.
  • Click on Scan for affected programs.
  • It will then scan for programs which will be affected or deleted. It will then list the programs and drivers which will be deleted and those which will be restored.

Two Standard Steps to Perform a System Restore

STEP ONE. Confirm whether it is necessary to perform a system restore

If you accidentally delete a file and it is not recoverable from the recycle bin, don't take the way of system restore in a hurry to recover the deleted files. There are many third-party data recovery tools in this regard. If this scenario is exactly what you're faced with and you feel worried to make such a decision, use our way of rescuing files you lost by deletion, formatting or virus infection instead of doing a system restore.

Download EaseUS hard drive recovery software on your computer and try to recover all types of missing files with three steps.

1. Launch EaseUS data recovery software and select the disk partition or storage location where you deleted your files and click "Scan".

How to recover deleted files - choose to scan the specific disk or device

2. The program will then start a quick scan to find the lost and deleted files on the disk, and after the quick scan, a deep scan will automatically start to find more files.

How to recover deleted files - run a quick scan & deep scan

3. Filter and preview all the recoverable deleted files by file types, select those you want and click "Recover" to restore them from PC, hard disk, memory card or other USB devices. 

Preview and recover deleted files from PC, hard disk, memory card or other USB devices

Caution: Don't save the recovered files on the partition or drive where you lost your data before you fully get back your files!

STEP TWO. Back up your computer if system restore is necessary

However, if you've already set your mind to restore to a previous version of Windows to remove virus or repair system issues, it's an essential step to create a new backup of the files you care about very much. That's the safest way to protect you from losing more data.

Download EaseUS free backup software to backup a whole disk or partition or simply files.

Guide: how to backup files with EaseUS Todo Backup.


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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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