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As we know that when you lost or deleted files from a network drive, it's almost impossible for the recovery. Fortunately, we have found two ways to recover deleted files and folders from a network drive or a network drive shared folder.
|Workable Solutions||Step-by-step Troubleshooting|
|Fix 1. Use Recovery Software||If you have set up the network drive on a computer, try EaseUS file recovery software to scan and find lost files...Full steps|
|Fix 2. Restore the Previous Version||Open the network shared drive > Right-click empty space and select "Properties" > "Previous Version"...Full steps|
Where Do Files Go When Deleted from a Network Drive?
"I have a network drive (T) which points to a folder on my E drive. Several hours ago, I accidentally deleted a file from the network shared folder on the disk. Soon I realized the mistake and went to recycle bin to restore the deleted file. But to my surprise, it didn't show up there. May I know where do files go when deleted from the network drive shared folder, or how can I recover the deleted files? If you have any suggestions, please help me."
Overview of network drive data recovery
A network drive is a storage device on a local access network (LAN) within a business or home, and it can be located on a server, a NAS device, an external hard drive or one of the networked computers.
When you select a file on a network drive shared folder and press the Delete key, all Windows can really do is to tell the Network operating system to delete it. Because Windows doesn't do the deleting, the file won't show up in the Windows Recycle Bin. As soon as you or other granted users accidentally delete a file or massive files from the shared folder created on the network drive, there is the best possible way that can help recover deleted/lost files or folders from the network drive. If you're trying to find a network drive data recovery solution, or you are just interested in this topic, you can read on to get the details.
Software to recover deleted files from the network drive
Since there is no shared drive recycle bin, you cannot recover deleted files from the network shared folder as easily as from the computer local hard drive. The good news is that there is capable software to recover deleted files, documents, pictures, videos and all types of files from a network drive, for example, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This powerful EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard software comes handy to recover permanently deleted files that bypass the recycle bin.
Method 1. Recover Deleted Files from a Network Drive
Compared with file recovery from cloud storage, for example, recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive, it's much easier to recover deleted files from the network shared folder. As you know, in Windows operating systems, here's how to share a folder on your Windows machine.
- Locate the folder(s) you want to share, and you can set an option to share with any users on the computer or your homegroup.
- With or without a password, everyone who is entitled to access files on your local network, could view, check or edit the files there, including deleting the files.
Windows will prompt a permanent deletion when a user is trying to delete a file on the shared drive, which means that it won't go to the Windows recycle bin but disappear from the drive for permanent. If Ctrl Z, the undo option has failed, you need to apply EaseUS EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, and take actions as instructed here:
1. For home users who set up the network drive on the computer
Directly go back to the computer with the local network drive installed, like Drive D, E or F, install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to any drive except the network drive.
2. For a business group who set up the network drive on a dedicated server or NAS
You need to safely unplug the hard drive from the server and connect it to a computer, install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on the computer to perform data recovery.
Next, follow the data recovery guide to select the network drive, scan, preview and recover deleted files from the network shared folder.
Guide: How to recover deleted files from network drive shared folder
Step 1. Choose the exact file location and then click the "Scan" button to continue.
Step 2. After the process, select the "Deleted Files" and "Other Lost Files" folders in the left panel. Then, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" button to find the deleted files.
Step 3. Click the "Recover" button and save the restored files – ideally, it should be different from the original one.
Method 2. Recover Network Drive Deleted Files from Previous Version
Previous Versions is a backup and recovery feature in Windows that can be used to restore deleted, formatted, modified, damaged or lost files and folders. You are able to restore deleted files from network drive shared folders using this feature if there is a restore point that was made prior to the data loss disaster. Here's how to do it:
Step 1. In the exact location where the shared folder files located, right-click on the empty space and choose "Properties".
Step 2. Under "Previous Version", there should be a list of files or folders that were backed up at different times and dates.
Step 3. Choose the right version you want and click the "Restore" button to get them back.
After reading this post, I hope you can restore files from a network disk. Nobody wants to experience the heartache of losing files. It is recommended that you back up your files or system using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard in advance to avoid being caught off guard in similar scenarios in the future. If you subsequently experience data loss or a system crash, you may quickly utilize it to recover your files or restore your machine to a working state.
Recover Deleted Files from Network Drive FAQs
Here are 3 additional questions about recovering deleted files from the network-shared folder. Check here for the answers.
1. Can I recover deleted files from a network drive?
Yes. You can recover your data from your home or local network by restoring a previous version of the document or file.
Depending on whether or not your PC is connected to a distant server, there are numerous methods for recovering your data from the network drive. This is because deleting a file from a network drive sends a command to the server to remove the file. As a result, it does not end up in your PC's Recycle Bin.
2. How to recover a deleted file or folder from a network drive Windows 10?
When a user tries to delete a file from the shared drive, Windows will prompt for a permanent deletion, which means it will not go to the Windows recycle bin but will simply disappear from the disk. If the Ctrl Z undo option fails, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
3. Where do files go when deleted from the network drive?
Files deleted from the network shared will be found in the computer's recycle bin. When you open the recycle bin and right-click a file, you can restore it to its original place. After that, the file is restored to its original location on the network-shared folder.
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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.
Written by Tracy King
Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.
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