Free Folders Recovery Software Is Ready For You To Use

What we often talked about is data recovery/file recovery, which focuses on the recovery of single files/documents; or partition recovery, which emphasizes the integrity of hard disk partitions, paying little attention to data integrity.

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This is a help document we found on Microsoft official website. In fact, the network is full of posts like this.

Yet, there’re still people who care about how to recover lost folders. Thus, you can also find lots of posts and articles, asking for folders recovery software.


In computer, some folders are really crucial for the OS running; when they’re lost, we’ll not be able to boot into system as usual. Well, most folders in computer are important because they store significant information. In either case, complete and easy lost folder recovery is a quite important task.

Folder in Computer


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According to statistics, the vast majority of computer users are used to creating various folders to store different types of files or to store them by date, size or other classification criteria. By doing so, they find the work to manage, edit and access files will become easy, fast and effective.

In short, one of the most obvious advantages of creating folders in computer is to store vital information separately. In addition, saving files into folders, instead of placing them directly under root directory, like C:, D: and E:, often provides higher security.

All in all, both individuals and enterprises have a large number of important data, which are generally saved to different folders in the form of documents and files. And some of those data in folders are said to hold the lifeblood of enterprises and the precious memory of people.


Specific Definition of Folder


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In simple terms, a computer folder is an easy & fast way to organize computer files; it is also known as directory or catalog. A folder can contain hundreds of files; and also, a great number of folders can be included in upper folder.

Originally, folder is specially used to hold full-page documents for the purpose of saving files better and making them neat. Well, folders now on computer are mainly used to help people manage their computer files conveniently. Each folder corresponds to certain disk space, providing an address to point to corresponding space. It has no extension, so its format is not identified by extensions like files.


In general, folder adopts a multi-level structure (tree structure); in such structure, each disk has a root folder, which often contains a number of files and folders. This makes file search easy and convenient and it also allows files in different folders share the same file name. Undoubtedly, the biggest advantage of using folders is to bring convenience to file sharing and protection.

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The name of files & folders can’t exceed 255 characters (including spaces).

Management of Folder


We have to admit that a good folder organization method can greatly increase the availability of resources: users are able to find required files quickly; they do not need to force themselves to remember what resources they own, but still have a clear understanding of it. In this way, the efficiency of resource management and use is greatly improved.

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Creating new files, moving files from one place to another, deleting useless files to release free space and modifying files are the most common operations we perform to files saved on computer. As for folders management, the corresponding operations are similar: creating folders, copying/cutting and pasting folders, deleting unnecessary folders, etc.

Since users are quite familiar with those common actions, we’d like to focus on another management way of folders: encrypting.


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Encrypt Folders to Protect Files Inside

On one hand, we store important data on computer in order to open and use it conveniently; on the other hand, we don’t want other to access/steal our private data easily. At this time, encrypting folders with significant files seems to be an excellent choice.

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Well, do you know how to encrypt a folder in Windows? If you have not done any research in this regard, please read following 3 methods for folder encryption we provide.

one Windows Explorer encryption: you need to finish 4 steps to encrypt folder:

Step 1: open Windows Explorer and select the folder needing to be encrypted.

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Step 2: right click on the folder and choose "Properties" from pop-up menu. Then, press "Advanced…" button under "General" menu.

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Step 3: check "Encrypt contents to secure data" in "Advanced Attributes" interface and then press "OK" button to continue.

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Step 4: choose to "Apply changes to this folder only" or "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files" and then press "OK" button to finish.

two WINRAR encryption: to use this method, you must make sure WINRAR has already installed to your computer. Then, complete following steps:

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Step 1: right click on the folder you plan to encrypt and choose "Add to archive...".

Step 2: navigate to "Advanced" menu and press "Set password…" button.

Step 3: set a relatively complex password. To achieve more security, you can just check "Encrypt file names" option and press "OK" button.

three Software encryption: after noticing people’s demands for encrypting folders and protecting privacy, different manufacturers develop a lot of encryption software. Now, you can choose a suitable one to achieve folder encryption according to needs.

Possible Causes for Folder Disappearance


" I'm using several internal hard drives with my computer, one of which is 1.5Tb in size (on a single partition). On this HD I store a number of multi-media files, which I've sorted/placed in specific "main" folders (Audio files - Picture files - Video files - etc.), and within each of these main folders are a number of other folders where the contents (pictures, etc), are sorted/filed for easier access.

This evening I noticed that all the files (several years of pictures), which were within a main folder labeled "Pictures", have disappeared (they were there a few hours before)!! The main folder was still there, but now shows as being empty, but all the sub-folders and their contents have suddenly disappeared. Everything else on the hard drive is still where it should be."
– from FatherH at Tom’s Hardware


This is a typical case of folder lost from computer. In this case, the user doesn’t know the exact reason for the disappearance of folders; he only discovers all his sub-folders and their contents have gone. Now, he’s in need of efficient solution to make up for it.

After reading the above case carefully, we advise the user to make use of MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover missing folders. As for the details on how to recover a lost folder, we’ll illustrate later in this article. What we can ensure is that as long as the lost data are not overwritten by new data, our data recovery tool is able to find them for you.


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However, in addition to above situation, there’re many other known reasons which will cause folder loss and we’re going to take a closer look at them one by one.


Hide Folders and Then Forget

When preparing to secure a few folders with important/confidential data stored in, some users may choose to just hide them, instead of setting passwords for them. As far as we know, hiding folders is a frequently used way to protect private data.

Here, we’ll show you how to hide a folder in Windows 7 briefly:

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Open Windows Explorer -> select the folder you want to hide -> right click on it and choose "Properties" -> check "Hidden" option in "Attributes" under "General" menu of Properties window -> press "OK" to continue -> choose to "Apply changes to this folder only" or "Apply changes to this folder, subfolders and files" in pop-up window -> press "OK" button to confirm.

When this is finished, you’ll find your folder disappeared from computer. So sometimes, a few users will think the folder is lost since they forget that they have hidden it earlier.


Delete Useful Folders/Partitions by Mistake

During managing data, users often make mistakes: deleting files/formatting partitions accidentally. As you can imagine, some of them also tend to delete useful folders or partitions with important folders due to carelessness.

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Users may delete folders permanently by following ways:
a)Right click folder(s) and choose "Delete". Then, empty recycle bin.
b)Choose folder(s) and press "Shift" and "Delete" at the same time.
c)Use DOS command or professional tools to delete folder(s).

Yet, no matter which way you choose, we suggest you not to write any new data to the same drive after finding significant folders are deleted permanently unless you don’t want to recover deleted files and folders.


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For questions like how to recover permanently deleted folders in Windows 7, how to recover folder after emptying recycle bin and how to recover folder after shift delete, we’ll give an easy method later.

link You can go there directly to see how to recover permanently deleted data.

Format Partition Carelessly


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Topics related to how to recover folders after format are not rare. This indicates unintentional formatting of partition/drive is also a major reason leading to folder loss.

We all know nothing will be left on a partition after it was formatted. But what some users don’t know is formatted files and folders can be recovered. So, the suggestion is also stopping using the partition/disk after formatting was done to enhance data recovery successful rate.

link Take a closer look at how to recover files and folders from formatted drive.

Partitions Get Attacked by Virus


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Suddenly finding your hard drive/one of the partitions becomes inaccessible or shows as RAW is also a common case that many users have met before. This situation could happen owing to lots of reasons: file system corruption, drive parameter error, virus attacking, etc. And we found virus attack is a non-ignorable reason.

Also, our suggestion is not to perform any operations to the inaccessible drive, including killing virus. On the contrary, please recover deleted folders & files immediately with Power Data Recovery – the great folders recovery software praised by lots of users.


link This post will teach you how to recover data from RAW/inaccessible drive.

Adopt Safe & Easy Folders Recovery Software

As we have mentioned before, MiniTool Power Data Recovery is a piece of easy-to-use folders recovery software. It provides "Undelete Recovery", "Lost Partition Recovery", "Lost Partition Recovery", "Digital Media Recovery" and "CD/DVD Recovery", which will satisfy almost all your needs for folder recovery.

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It is not only the suitable folder recovery software for Windows 7, but also a great data recovery tool for many other operating systems: Win8, Win10, Windows XP, etc.

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Its Boot Edition can also help us recover data from a non-bootable OS, which is proved to be very useful. Besides, MiniTool also provides similar data recovery software for Mac users: MiniTool Mac Data Recovery.

Most importantly, the 3-step recovery process leaves us a deep impression: we only need to select the drive with lost data, choose to scan it by pressing corresponding button and check files to recover.

For instance, here are operations you should complete to recover deleted files from folder: select "Undelete Recovery" from main window -> choose the drive with lost folders & files and press "Scan" to detect them -> browse the scan result to check the files you need and press "Save" button to recover.


Remember, no matter you want to recover deleted folders or complete other kinds of folder recovery, MiniTool Power Data Recovery could be the best assistant.

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If your folders are just disappearing from computer because you have hidden them a long time ago and then forget about it, you may as well follow this way to get them back:

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Enter the drive in which hidden folders are located -> select "Tools" from menu bar (if there’s no menu bar in your computer, please click on "Organize", navigate to "Layout" and choose to show "Menu bar") -> choose "Folder options…" -> navigate to "View" -> look at "Hidden files and folders" under "Files and Folders" and check "Show hidden files, folders, and drives" (instead of "Don’t show hidden files, folders, or drives") -> press "OK" to confirm changes.

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