Can I Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive?

"Hello guys, I deleted some files around 8-9 months ago, thinking I won't need these files during that time. Unfortunately, I need these files right now. Can someone suggest a way to recover these permanently deleted files from Google Drive?" - Quoted from Google Drive Community 

Yes, you can recover deleted files from Google Drive and permanently deleted ones. Here are the solutions to recover deleted and permanently deleted files from Google Drive.

  1. Method 1. Recover Deleted Google Drive Files from the Trash Folder
  2. Method 2. Recover Deleted Google Drive Files from Backup
  3. Method 3. Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive with Software
  4. Method 4. Restore Lost Data from Google Admin Console
  5. Method 5. Restore Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive with Official Support

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files/Photos from Google Drive

Google Drive allows users to store files (e.g. photos, videos, docs, sheets, presentations, etc.), synchronize files across devices, and share files. It protects user files from missing in many ways, with a Bin feature to keep deleted files, with the specialized Backup and Sync program to back up and sync your computer files... So, whenever you remove some files/folders from My Drive, you can try to recover them from the Bin folder or backups.

Method 1. Recover Deleted Google Drive Files from the Trash Folder

Most Google Drive users know exactly what the Bin is for. All files you removed from the drive would go to the Bin for one-month preservation. You can always rely on the Bin recovery method except it's a permanent deletion, including you delete forever an individual file, empty the entire trash bin, or it reaches the time limit when Google Drive automatically clears your bin folder.

To recover deleted Google Drive files from the Trash folder:

Step 1. On your computer, open your Google Drive.

Step 2. Navigate to the "Trash" option.

Step 3. Right-click the file you want to restore and select "Restore".

how to recover deleted files from Google Drive trash

Also read: How to recover permanently deleted files from OneDrive.

Method 2. Recover Deleted Google Drive Files from Backup

On the condition that you have the 'Backup and Sync' program installed. It automatically syncs files from the specific folders you configured when setting up the program, like Desktop, Documents, and Picture on your PC.

To recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive, follow the below steps.

Step 1. Launch Backup and Sync and you will arrive at the path C:\Users\Your name\Google Drive

Step 2. All the copies of essential files are viewable on the pane

Step 3. Browse the files by viewing large icons thumbnails or directly searching the file name in the search box.

recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive backup

Method 3. Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive with Software

Assuming that you're syncing or uploading files from a computer to Google Drive all the time, there is a chance that you can try to recover the original files that have been uploaded to the cloud storage. Things would be much easier if you can still recall where the original files were kept. Even if they're removed after syncing to the cloud, using data recovery software could track them from where they were saved.

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a dependable yet useful data recovery software that has both Windows and Mac versions. It's able to scan all types of lost files at a specific location, such as a computer hard drive, an external HDD, USB flash drive, or a memory card. It's not designed to recover missing files from the Google Drive server, but the original location where Google Drive files were initially created. Download the free data recovery software for the first time. The software will first ask you to select the file location to scan, so make sure that you didn't choose the local drive by wrong.

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To recover permanently deleted Google Drive files from a storage location, follow the below steps.

Step 1. Select a drive and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and hover over the partition where you lost data. This could be an internal hard disk, external disk, USB, or SD card. Then, click "Scan".

select a location to scan

Step 2. Check and preview scanned files

Use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to narrow the scan results until you find the files you need. Then, you can click the "Preview" button or double-click a file to preview its content, if you'd like. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data to a secure location

Click the checkbox next to the file and click "Recover" to restore the lost data to a secure place. We recommend that you do not store the recovered data on the disk where you lost it earlier.

Recover lost data

Method 4. Restore Lost Data from Google Admin Console

You can still have a chance to restore permanently deleted files from Google Drive if you are a G suite user. You can get data back after the 30-day trash limit as a G-suite user.

Follow the details below to recover permanently deleted photos/videos/files from Google Drive.

Step 1. Login into the Google Admin Console.

Step 2. Click on the "Users" icon.

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Step 3. Select the user for which you have to recover the files

Step 4. Click on the 3 dots on the right side. 

Step 5. From the pop-up menu, select the "Restore data" option.

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Step 6. Select "Drive" as the application and click on "Restore".

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Method 5. Restore Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive with Official Support

To realize the possibility of retrieving deleted files by yourself, you must obey the criteria:

  • The file must be created/uploaded to the Google Drive server by the same user or
  • The original owner of the file must grant the rights to it.

Google account that's associated with a school, company, or organization, usually it's the administrator who is able to recover the deleted files. 

If you're a paid customer of Google Drive, writing feedback to the official support is a guaranteed way to recover permanently deleted files from the cloud server. As reported, it could be challenging for a free user to get a prompt reply.

To restore permanently deleted files from Google Drive support, follow the below steps.

Step 1. On the webpage or app interface of Google Drive, click the " ? " symbol in a circle, and click Help.

Step 2. From the drop-down list, click "Send Feedback".

Step 3. Describe your issue in the pointed area and add a screenshot if necessary. Click SEND.

contact google drive support to recover permanently deleted files

How to Prevent Google Drive Data Loss

It's easy to recover deleted files from Google Drive. But it's hard to restore permanently deleted files from Google. Preventing data loss is better than losing precious data. You don't have to look for ways to recover Google Drive data. Follow the tips below to avoid data loss in advance.

Tip 1. Back Up Data Regularly

Use Google Backup and Sync for backing up files, photos, and videos. This program helps you back up files and images securely in Google Drive and Google Photos.

Tip 2. Avoid Accidental Deletion

Before you delete a file, make sure that you indeed don't need this file anymore. Don't delete a file that you are not sure about it.

Tip 3. Run an Antivirus

Make sure that your Google drive is secured so that you are not a victim of hacking. Don't open or download any random 3rd party software.

Conclusion

Google Drive makes data storage easy and convenient. It is a safe, fast, and excellent storage service for every one of us. Despite all of the wonderful features, data loss also happens to Google Drive users. You may have recovered deleted files from Google Drive with the solutions above. Remember, whenever you are faced with a lost data issue or deleted file recovery, you can always get help from EaseUS.

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Recover Deleted Files from Google Drive FAQs

If you have a related question, you can check the questions and answers below to get additional help.

1. Can you recover permanently deleted photos from Google Drive after 60 days?

Yes. You can recover permanently deleted photos from Google Drive after 60 days. You can recover permanently deleted photos with the following methods:

  • Recover from the Trash Folder
  • Recover from Backup
  • Restoring from G Suite Admin Console
  • Restoring from Google Drive support

2. Where do permanently deleted files go?

When you delete any file or folder in your Google Drive, it is moved to the trash folder. The deleted file stays in the trash for 30 days and is permanently deleted.

Also read: Where do permanently deleted photos go?

3. How to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10 without the software?

To recover permanently deleted files without software (including recovering deleted Recycle Bin files):

Step 1. Access the Start menu and type cmd in the search bar.

Step 2. Select "Run as administrator" to run Command Prompt with administrator privileges.

Step 3. Type attrib -h -r -s /s /d drive letter:\*.*" and press Enter.

4. How long does Google Drive keep deleted files?

Usually, Google Drive keeps deleted files for 30 days.

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