November 14, 2019
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How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows

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Most times we as the question how to recover deleted files. This is because while using our computer, we delete files either mistakenly or knowingly. Now i don’t mean deleted files that goes to your recycle bin, i mean files that where permanently deleted. By pressing shift+delete key or by right clicking on the file and selecting delete permanently.

However, if you’ve been in a situation where you mistakenly deleted an important file permanently, i have good a good news for you, Your prematurely deleted files can be recovered. So the question now is how to recover deleted files form windows.

Well irrespective of the type of laptop you use, the steeps steps are giving below.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows

To recover deleted files from windows, there are three ways

    • Recovering deleted files from Recycle bin

If you all you did was to click delete on a particular file with out emptying the recycle bin, then your files can easily be recovered. To do this, simply goto your recycle bin, look for the deleted folder, right click on the folder and click restore. And that’s it, your folder or file will be restored to its original location.

    • Use the restore an older version of the deleted file

To carry out this fix, you’ll need to follow these steps depending on the version of windows you are running.

For Windows 8, 8.1 & 10

    1. Open the folder that used to contain the deleted file and click the Home button and then  “History” button.
    2. File History will display all the files contained in the most recent backup of that folder. If you get a no history reply, it means your system is not backed p and this will be a good time to get a backup for your PC to avoid further data loose.
    3. Click the “Previous” button to locate and select the file you want to retrieve, then click the “Restore” button to get it back.
    • The third and final method is with the use of a third party software (Data recovery software)

There are several software you can use to recover your permanently deleted file. They work pretty much the same. But for this case, ill be showing how to use one of my favorites. Disk Digger recovery software.

Step 1. Download DiskDigger.

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No need to install it – just extract the contents of the .zip archive and run the .exe file. take note: if you’ve already accidentally deleted some files, you shouldn’t download DiskDigger to the disk containing your lost files as it could overwrite your files and make it impossible to recover them. Ideally, download it before you actually need it. In other words, you should download it now even if you haven’t lost any file yet.

Step 2. Lunch DiskDigger.

The opening screen shows all the disks so select the one containing your deleted files and click on ‘Next’ three times. The disk will now be scanned and any deleted files will be listed. It usually take some time. If your missing files are listed, continue to the next step. If not you could try altering some of the options in the earlier screens.

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Step 3. Use the software DiskDigger

won’t be able to show correct filenames so, to help identify lost files, a preview option is provided. Select a file in the list at the left and choose either the ‘Preview’ (for photos) or the ‘First few bytes’ tag. Also useful for photographs is the ‘Thumbnail’ option in the ‘View’ menu which will show small images in the list.

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Step 4. After you’ve identified your lost file(s) select them in the list at the left and click on ‘Recover selected files. Next select the device and folder where you want your files to be restored to. Note: this must not be on the same physical drive as the lost file and click on OK. The missing file(s) will be saved with automatically generated filenames, so you’ll need to rename them to their original names or something else. Note this process takes time so you’ll have to be patience for the process to complete.

Will System Restore recover deleted files?

Actually, system restore can be used to recover Windows system files, programs, and registry settings installed on your system. It do not affect your personal files and they remain the same. But system restore cannot help you to restore your personal files like e-mail, documents, or photos if they are lost. So if you mistakenly delete your files, running system will not help you.

Is it possible to recover permanently deleted files?

Yes it is. Permanently deleted files are actually not necessarily gone forever. With the use of windows third paryy softwares like DiskDigger or EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. It allows you to recover shift deleted files or files deleted from recycle bin in Windows 10 with simple clicks. You can also try built-in Windows tools to recover a previous version of the file first.

Can files be recovered from a failed SSD or hard drive?

This actually depends on the level of damage the hard drive has received. If the hard drive suffers from a physical damage then there’s a very low chance of recovering any data from that drive. But if the failure is due to corrupt software, then there’s a high chance your data can be recovered.

It’s commonly suggested that hard disks can be repaired by putting them in the freezer. Actually, it won’t work and attempting it might just prove to be the last straw for your ailing disk. I’ll recommend, you don’t attempt this nor any other DIY repair.

Instead, as soon as you suspect a hardware failure, turn off your PC immediately and make contact with a data recovery company. Most of these companies have vast stocks of parts that they are able to swap in their clean room to restore a disk to it’s working state.

How to Avoid file loss in Windows PC.

Although there is file recovery software that can recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10, 8, and 7, but it is better to avoid data loss in the first place. Here are some tips you may find useful.

Back up your files on Windows.

Backup is the best strategy to avoid data loss and will save you the stress to recover deleted files. Making an extra copy of the important files on your computer to an external hard drive, cloud service is one way to go. Also, create a Windows backup or enable System Restore on your PC.

Allocate more disk space to Recycle Bin.

If you have enough disk space on your computer, you may consider give more disk space to Recycle Bin. This is because Windows automatically erases deleted files from Recycle Bin when the allocated disk space for Recycle Bin is full. With more space for Recycle Bin, there is a greater chance that the files deleted long time ago can still be recovered from Recycle Bin. To allocate more space to your recycle bin, follow these steps.

  • Right-click the Recycle Bin and select Properties
  • Under General tab, select Custom size
  • Enter a larger size in the box and click OK.