Where Does Windows Store the Deleted Files, How to Find

I deleted some files on my Windows PC, and they disappeared in my folder, but I heard that deleting files isn't erasing their data, and they still remain on the hard drive. Where does Windows store the deleted files?

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Brithny· Answered on May 23, 2023

Where does Windows store the deleted files? They are in the Recycle Bin folder on your Windows PC. Or if you deleted the files by pressing 'Shift + Delete', the deleted files are still on the disk, but their address was erased from the file index.

When we use Windows PC, here are three methods we can use to delete files:

  • Select the file and press 'Delete' on the keyboard.
  • Choose the file and press 'Shift + Delete' to delete the file permanently.
  • Choose the 'Delete' option from the menu by right-clicking the file.

Deleting files is a common operation that is usually used to free up disk space in computers. Note that in most cases, you only remove the entry of the deleted files. Where do deleted files go? Their data remains on your disk. And the Windows OS marks the space stored deleted files available.

And if you want to undelete the files, or recover deleted files from Recycle Bin, usually, you can see the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop, and when you open it, you can see all the deleted files. The restore feature of Recycle Bin can help you undelete your files easily.

In addition, if you empty the Recycle Bin, you can recover deleted files using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Follow the steps:

Step 1. Install the EaseUS data recovery software on your Windows PC.

Step 2. Choose the partition of the deleted files stored before, and click 'Scan'.

Step 3. Select the files you want to restore in the scanning result list and click 'Recover'.

Use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted or lost files easily and quickly.

Tutorials on how to recover lost, deleted, or formatted data from HDD, SSD, USB, SD card, or other storage media on Windows and Mac.

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