How Can You Recover Deleted Files Easily – This Tells All
- Chapter 1 - Why Deleted Files Can Be Recovered
- Chapter 2 - How to Recover Deleted Files on Windows/Mac
- Chapter 3 - How to Recover Deleted Files from Different Devices
- Chapter 4 - How to Recover Deleted Documents/Emails/Multimedia Data
- Chapter 5 - Conclusion
- Users Comments
File deletion is used frequently to release free space on the target device. However, people tend to make mistakes during file deletion – they may delete useful files accidentally. On this occasion, how to recover deleted files becomes the thing that people care the most about.
In the following content of this article, we'll show you how to recover deleted data on different platforms, in different situations, from different storage devices and how to recover different types of files. Among them, both the built-in functions and a third-party data recovery tool (MiniTool Power Data Recovery) will be involved. You can download a free edition now to have a look.
Chapter 1 - Why Deleted Files Can Be Recovered
Yes, recovering deleted files becomes necessary when you can't find the files you need. But before you start to restore deleted files, we'd like to tell you why you're able to recover your deleted files.
In general, after a file was deleted, it is not moved out from your storage device immediately. On the contrary, it still exists, but marked with a deletion tag, so the operating system will not access it; meanwhile, it's waiting to be overwritten by new data. As a consequence, you should find powerful deleted file recovery tool at once to retrieve deleted files before they got overwritten (data overwriting will lead to permanent data loss).
The methods for retrieving deleted files are a little bit different under different circumstances. Considering this, we decide to tell you how to recover deleted files/folder on PC/other devices respectively. In the following content, we'll classify file deletion cases by different conditions to give you the specific guides. You should choose the most similar situation to read and learn how to recover deleted items carefully.
Chapter 2 - How to Recover Deleted Files on Windows/Mac
Undeniably, Windows and Mac are the two most popular mainstream platforms, so we found a lot of people asking how to recover deleted files on Windows or on Mac. Here, we are going to show you how to recover deleted data in detail.
Recover Deleted Files in Windows 7/8/10
The methods and steps to recover deleted files in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and even Windows XP are basically the same, so we'll take Win 8 as an example.
Situation 1 – get back files from recycle bin.
That is to say, you need to check the recycle bin at first because sometimes, the deleted files are only moved to recycle bin, not marked with deletion tag yet. Checking recycle bin is often a great way to recover accidentally deleted files and recently deleted files. If you are lucky enough to find the deleted files in recycle bin, you should start to recover deleted files from recycle bin immediately.
How to recover deleted files from recycle bin without software (here, we take how to recover recently deleted photos as an example):
- Double click on Recycle Bin icon on the desktop to open it (or right-click on the icon and choose "Open").
- Locate the photos you need (check each photo one by one or use recycle bin search tool to find an exact file by filename).
- Select the photo(s) you want to recover and then drag it (them) out of recycle bin to desktop or other locations (or you can right-click on the photo and choose "Restore" to put it back to its original place).
Now you can go to see the recovered photos.
Situation 2 – recover shift deleted files.
But, the question is – what if the files are deleted permanently (using shift + delete) or have been deleted/emptied from recycle bin? You must be eager to know how to recover deleted files from recycle bin after empty or how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows? There are actually two solutions available.
Recover files deleted from recycle bin with backup: if you have kept File Recovery function in Windows 8/Windows 10 (or Backup and Restore function in Windows 7/XP) enabled before the files are shift deleted or cleared from recycle bin, you can rely on the backup function to find back the files. Of course, if you have made backups regularly with other back software, you can rely on that software to restore deleted data easily.
Recover permanently deleted files with the best deleted file recovery software:
Recover Deleted Mac Files
In this part, we'll mainly focus on Mac deleted file recovery.
Situation 1 – recover deleted files from trash Mac.
Of course, the first thing to do after deleting a file mistakenly on Mac is checking the trash. If it is saved at this place, you can put it back easily within a few clicks.
How to recover deleted files on Mac without software (we'll take how to recover deleted pictures on Mac as an example):
- Double click on the Trash icon in the Dock to open it (or right click on the icon and choose "Open").
- Look through the files here carefully and select the ones you want to recover to make them highlighted.
- Drag the files out to desktop or anywhere you want (or right click on the highlighted area and choose "Put Back" to recover them to original place).
Situation 2 – recover files deleted from trash Mac.
Some Mac users face the same problem as Windows users – the files are deleted or emptied from Mac trash. At this time, they should try the following two solutions to recover permanently deleted files from Mac.
Restore deleted files on Mac with Time Machine:
Likewise, if you kept Time Machine turning on when you deleted files permanently from Mac, you can open it; then, finish Mac deleted files recovery with Time Machine Quickly easily. Besides, you can also rely on the backups that you have made by using the third-party backup software.
How to recover deleted files on Mac with free software:
Chapter 3 - How to Recover Deleted Files from Different Devices
Internal hard drive, external hard drive, memory card and flash drive/thumb drive are the mainstream storage devices you can find easily on the current market. The ways to recover files deleted from different places are a little bit different. Now, we'll show them to you.
Recover Deleted Files from External Hard Drive
Files deleted from the external hard drive will be sent to recycle bin first unless you delete them by pressing "Shift" + "Delete" at the same time. Therefore, you are also advised to check the recycle bin before it is emptied in order to recover deleted files from hard drive. Here, we'll mainly focus on recovering deleted data from external hard drive with data recovery tool in Windows 8.
Recover data deleted from external hard drive:
If you can't find all the data you need by looking at the scan result, you may as well go back to the main interface and choose "Damaged Partition Recovery" (which is also suitable for dead external hard drive recovery) to do another round of scan.Note 2:
If you find the free software refuse to recover deleted files for you, you may have reached the limit (the free edition has a 1GB recovery limit). On this occasion, you have 2 choices:
a). click on "Export Scan Result" to save the "*.rss" file to a local drive and then, upgrade the software to an advanced edition and click "Load manually saved scan result" in the partition list interface.
b). upgrade the software to an advanced edition directly and then scan the drive again to recover data.
Recover Deleted Files from Flash Drive/Thumb Drive/Memory Card
Unlike the hard drive, if files are deleted from a flash drive, thumb drive or memory card, they'll disappear right away, instead of being put into recycle bin temporarily. Under this circumstance, you have no choice but to resort to the third-party program to recover deleted files.
How to recover deleted data from flash drive (on Windows computer):
This is the whole process of how to recover deleted files from memory card like SD card with free software. If you are interested in knowing more about how to recover deleted files from USB, you should read this.
Chapter 4 - How to Recover Deleted Documents/Emails/Multimedia Data
In this era of diversification of information, everyone has access to a wide variety of data, such as photos, pictures, videos, emails and documents. Each kind of those files plays an important role in information storage and delivery.
So, when some files that are very meaningful to you are deleted, you must be freaked out. But, please don't be since we'll tell you how to recover deleted videos, how to retrieve deleted emails and how to recover deleted pictures from computer hard drive in a Windows system.
If you'd like to know more details on how to get back pictures deleted from OneDrive, you should read this article.
Recover Deleted Videos or Other Multimedia Data from Computer
Here, you can check all types of "Document", "Graphics & Picture", "Audio & Video" and "E-mail"; you can also click on the "+" symbol to unfold them and check the exact types you need.
When you need to recover a Word document, you may as well read Ultimate Guide On How To Recover A Word Document, which teaches you how to get back a Word Document with both AutoSave function and data recovery tool.
Now, you only need to wait for the completion of the recovery. When all the videos/pictures/photos/documents/emails have been saved to the place you selected in the last step, you'll see a successful prompt window.
Chapter 5 - Conclusion
You have to admit that the accidental deletion and malicious deletion by virus attack, spyware or other people are unable to be avoided completely. Therefore, you must be vigilant anytime, anywhere and you'd better prepare some useful solutions in advance so that you can deal with the problem as quickly as possible when you discover it.
The methods we provide in this article have helped a large number of users to recover deleted files in different situations. More importantly, they will not bring any secondary damages. So you can choose the most proper one or try different ones to recover your deleted data effectively.