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Recover Permanently Deleted Files/Folders from Dropbox

Posted by Abby Haines to Storage Media Recovery 2016-09-05

Summary

Accidentally deleted a file or folder? This page shows you step by step, how to recover permanently deleted files or folders from Dropbox in two ways: recover permanently deleted files on Dropbox from Trash and recover permanently deleted files on Dropbox from cache with third-party software.

Is it possible to recover permanently deleted files from Dropbox?

Dropbox is a popular online file storing, sync, and backup APP. When you download and set up the program on your PC, a Dropbox folder will be created. Dropping or dragging your files such as videos, photos, documents, music, and movies, etc into the folder, you can easily sync your files or make a backup to the Dropbox server. But when you accidentally deleted a file or folder, it will simultaneously disappear in your Dropbox. Here, don’t worry! It won’t be entirely deleted but just hidden. So, it is completely possible to recover lost files from Dropbox after it was deleted. Next, we will show you step by step, how to recover permanently deleted files or folders from Dropbox in two ways. 

Recover permanently deleted files/folders on Dropbox from Trash

Dropbox will keep all your deleted files in Trash for 30 days (or longer, if you have a Dropbox Business account or a Dropbox Pro account with Extended Version History). So, when you permanently deleted your important files or folders, you can try to get them back from Trash on the Dropbox website. Here is the guide:

1. Click the trash can icon near the search box at the top of the file browser.

Recover permanently deleted files/folders on Dropbox from Trash

2. All deleted files and folders will appear in the list in gray. Select the deleted file or folder you want to recover by clicking the empty space to the right of its name.

Note: You can select multiple files or folders at once by pressing the Shift (PC) or Command (Mac) key as you click.

3. Click the Restore button to selectively recover permanently deleted files/folders on Dropbox. 

Recover permanently deleted files/folders on Dropbox from Cache

If you want to recover deleted Dropbox files after 30 days, the above method will not help. At this moment, you can still try to recover permanently deleted files/folders on Dropbox by extracting the cache folder. Dropbox keeps a hidden collection, or cache, of your files as backup storage. Files in the cache folder are stored there often after they are moved or deleted after syncing. But, as the Dropbox cache folder is usually hidden in your Dropbox application settings, you’d better try EaseUS file recovery software to manage the recovery job. Now, follow the guide below to find and recover permanently deleted files/folders from your Dropbox cache. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS file recovery software, select the storage location where you lost Dropbox data and click "Scan".

Choose file types to you want to recover from Dropbox cache

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will start a quick scan first to find the permanently deleted Dropbox files. After the quick scan, a deep scan will automatically start to find more files.

Scan selected disk to find and recover permanently deleted files Dropbox cache

Step 3. Filter and preview all the recoverable deleted Dropbox files by file types, select those you want and click "Recover" to save them to another safe spot in PC/storage device.

Recover permanently deleted filesfrom Dropbox cache