Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Dropbox

Abby Haines updated on Sep 16, 2019 to Storage Media Recovery | How-to Articles


Can you recover permanently deleted files from Dropbox? This page offers two ways to help you recover permanently deleted files or folders from Dropbox, including [1] recover permanently deleted files from Dropbox Trash; and [2] recover permanently deleted files from Dropbox temporary files with EaseUS file recovery software.

Can you recover permanently deleted files from Dropbox?

Dropbox is a popular online file storing, sync, and backup application. When you download and set up the program on your PC, a Dropbox folder will be created. Dragging and dropping 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 from the Dropbox server.

What if you regret soon? Can you recover permanently deleted files from Dropbox? Take it easy! Files won't be entirely deleted but just hidden. So, it is completely possible to recover lost files from Dropbox after they were deleted. Next, we will show you step by step, how to recover permanently deleted files or folders from Dropbox in two ways. 

>> Google drive users may be interested in how to recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive. Dropbox users can also refer to the last method within the linked page of contacting administrator and support to solve the data loss problem. 

Way 1. Recover from Dropbox 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:

Step 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

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

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

Way 2. Recover from Dropbox temporary files

If you want to recover deleted Dropbox files after 30 days, the above method will not help. At this point, you can still try to recover permanently deleted files/folders on Dropbox by extracting the cache folder. Dropbox keeps hidden temporary files, 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 should try the 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 on PC. 

Step 1. Select a partition to scan.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the local drive, which is in sync with the cloud drive to scan. (If your local files are in sync with the cloud device, when you delete the cloud device data (like Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive), the local files will also be deleted. And you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover the local files, which works the same as recovering data from the cloud drive.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, select the deleted cloud drive to recover. To locate specific files, click "Filter" and choose the category or use the search bar. If you need, double-click the file to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover the deleted data.

After choosing the files, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the data.

Recover lost data

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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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