How to Recover Deleted Files/Folders on Windows PC

If you accidentally deleted a file or folder on your computer, below are four different methods to recover or recover deleted files/folders in Windows 10/11.

Recover deleted files on Windows PC

If you accidentally deleted a file, it can be recovered instantly using the “Recover” option available in Windows.

If the file was deleted some time ago, it should still be available in the Recycle Bin and recoverable, unless the Recycle Bin was emptied manually by the user or emptied automatically by the computer.

Even if the deleted file is removed from Recycle Bin, it can still be recovered using various file recovery methods as given below.

1. Recover deleted file with Undelete option

If you accidentally delete a file from the desktop, right click in any free space on the desktop and select undo delete option in the displayed menu.

Undo delete option in Windows

Similarly, if you deleted a file from a folder on your computer, right-click inside the folder and select undo delete Possibility.

You can find the deleted file back on the desktop or in the folder it was originally deleted from.

2. Recover deleted files/folders from Recycle Bin

If you couldn’t recover the file/folder using “Undo Delete”, you should be able to recover the deleted file by going to the Recycle Bin.

open that waste paper bin on your computer > right-click the file you want to restore and select it Restore Possibility.

Recover deleted file from recycle bin

After the recovery process is complete, the deleted file will be available in its original location (desktop or folder it was deleted from).

3. Recover deleted files/folders with Previous Versions feature

If your computer is set up to create restore points, you can use the built-in Previous Versions utility to recover deleted files and folders on your computer.

1. Open file managernavigate to location (folder or drive) where the file was stored before it was deleted.

2. Right click on the journey or Folder and select Characteristics.

3. On the properties screen, switch to previous versions On the tab, select the most likely available versions and click the restore to Possibility.

Note: You may not see the Previous Versions option if it is not enabled on your computer.

4. Use Windows File Recovery

If the file was permanently deleted from the computer, you should still be able to recover the deleted file using the “File Recovery App” available on your computer.

1. Sign in to your admin account > open Microsoft store > Search for Windows file recovery and click Receive to download the free app to your computer.

Download Windows File Recovery

Note: Windows file recovery does not work when downloaded to a standard user account.

2. After downloading the app, open Windows file recovery and that will bring you to the command prompt.

3. In the command prompt window, type the Required command (according to Instructions for use) and press the Enter key.

Instructions for use of Windows file recovery

For example, if you are trying to restore a file named Class 10 Attendance, type the command as Winfr C: E: /extensive /n *class* and press Enter to save the recovered file to drive E.

If you’re trying to recover a Word document or PDF file and don’t know the file name: type Winfr C: E: /extensive /n *.pdf /n *.docx and press the Enter key to save the deleted PDF or Word file to E Drive.

Note: Source and target drive must be different; they cannot be the same.

Do Paid Data Recovery Tools Work?

When you delete a file from your computer, it is only marked for deletion and remains available on the hard drive until new files overwrite it.

Various data recovery tools available in the market are basically designed to read parts of the hard drive that are marked for deletion by the computer.

Therefore, all free/paid data recovery tools can only help to recover deleted files from computer when those files have not been overwritten by new files yet.


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