How to Recover Deleted Files from Hard Drive

To recover deleted files from a hard drive effectively, you can use the reliable data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. With it, you are able to retrieve your precious data in three steps. Download this software to recover deleted files from your hard drive in Windows 10/8/7 now.

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Can I Recover Deleted Files from Hard Disk?

How you get your files deleted from a hard drive varies. Generally, if you deleted files from your computer hard drive using the "Delete" key, the files deleted will go to the Recycle Bin and you can recover your deleted data from the Recycle Bin. However, in most cases, you need the help of data recovery software to recover deleted files from the hard drive. For example:

  • You deleted files from your computer hard drive and emptied the Recycle Bin
  • You permanently deleted data from your hard drive using "Shift + Delete"
  • You deleted files from an external hard drive (the files removed from an external hard drive will bypass the Recycle Bin)
Important
Stop using your hard drive from which you want to recover the deleted files. Once the deleted data is overwritten by new content, there will be no way to get it back.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Hard Drive

To retrieve data from your hard disk, you can either apply the hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard or send your hard drive for manual data recovery services. But given the hard drive recovery cost, you are recommended to try the data recovery software, which is much cheaper and faster than manual recovery services. In addition to deleted file recovery from hard drives, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard also supports:

  • Formatted data recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, virus attack recovery, and RAW partition recovery
  • Lost data recovery from hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, digital cameras...
  • Recovery of almost all existing file types, including images, audios, videos, emails, Microsoft files, Adobe files...

Steps to recover deleted files from hard drive with EaseUS file recovery software:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you should see a list of all disks on your computer. Choose the exact hard drive partition where files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

select your hard drive and click scan

Step 2. The scan process starts immediately. Depending on how large the hard drive is, it usually takes several minutes to several hours to finish the scan. However, the "Deleted Files" result comes out very quickly and you can check all the deleted files in that folder.

scan deleted files on hard drive

Step 3. After the scan, you can double-click or right-click to preview the found files. Then, select the target files and click "Recover" to save them to another safe place rather than the original hard drive.

select files and click recover

If you want to retrieve data from a hard disk on Mac, you can download the Mac version of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted files on Mac.

Knowledge Base - Why Can We Recover Deleted Files

There is a common misconception that files are completely removed from computer hard drives when we delete files. The fact is that any time a file is deleted on a hard drive, it's not erased. Instead, only the tiny bit of information that points to the location of the file (the entry) on the hard drive is erased. This pointer, along with other pointers for every folder and file on the hard drive, is saved in a section near the beginning of the hard drive and is used by the operating system to compile the directory tree structure. By erasing the pointer file, the actual file becomes invisible to the operating system. And that means you can write new data over the area where the old file is located.

Thus, only if the deleted files on your hard drive are not overwritten by other files, there are still chances to recover deleted files hard drive, which is the reason why we could recover deleted files, formatted data, lost files...

The Bottom Line

Honestly speaking, recovering deleted files from a hard drive is one of the basic features of almost all data recovery software tools. You can compare and select the one you prefer. Besides, to avoid future data loss, it's a good choice for you to back up your important files to another hard drive or storage device. Although data recovery is helpful in most of the cases, it's always better to prevent data loss from happening.

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Tracy is enthusiastic to share technical tips and solutions about computing and technology. Being an EaseUS member since 2013, she also writes instructional content about data recovery, file/disk partition/system backup and recovery, partition management and iOS/Android data recovery.

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