How to Recover Deleted Files from Network Drive Shared Folder

Abby Haines updated on Feb 22, 2020 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


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. 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. It comes handy to recover permanently deleted files that bypass the recycle bin. Read the article and see how it works.

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 worthwhile tips that you may follow either one to see if you can bring the lost network drive file back:

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 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. 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 data recovery software comes handy to recover permanently deleted files that bypass the recycle bin. 

Guide: How to recover deleted files from network shared folder

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 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 delete 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 disappeared from the drive for permanent. If Ctrl Z, the undo option has failed, you need to apply EaseUS hard drive recovery software, 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.

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. Check if all the deleted files are showing up.

scan deleted files on hard drive

Step 3. During or after the scan, you can preview the found files by double-click or right-click. 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

Complementary: Restore the previous version of the shared files

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 which 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.

restore previous version of files deleted from network shared folder


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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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