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How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from PC

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Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Recover Files • Proven solutions

Managing data has been a problem ever since the evolution of the internet. We tend to store multiple files on our PC's hard-drive, including temporary files and critical data. We are clearing temporary files, but we also delete the folder containing essential data by mistake. If these files are deleted while pressing “shift + delete,” or you also cleared the recycle bin unknowingly, then these files will be permanently removed from the system. Don’t panic; we have a solution to this tragic accident. Here we have provided a step-by-step process of how to recover permanently deleted files from PC.

As a Windows 11 user, what should you do after losing data? Try this specific and easy-to-follow guidance on how to recover deleted files on Windows 11 here.

Part 1: Reasons for Permanent File Loss

Before starting the recovery part, let us first discuss why you need to recover permanently deleted files.

Is it possible to recover permanently deleted files?

There was a time when data was deleted, could not be recovered at any cost. But as technology is evolving, so are computers. There are currently hundreds of ways to recover a deleted file, which was once considered impossible. So, it is outstanding to say it is possible to recover permanently deleted files. This can be done by following several procedures that are easy to follow.

But these methods can recover data only where specific prerequisites are met. This recovery is only possible where there is no external damage to the storage drive. The computer should be able to read the storage drive for this to work.

Part 2: How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files?

There are many ways to restore permanently deleted files, but the easiest way is to use software dedicated to data recovery. Wondershare Recoverit is one of the best software you can use to recover your permanently deleted files. It is an innovative data recovery software for Windows and Mac. You can use it to recover permanently deleted files from a PC, USB drive, memory card, external hard drive, etc.

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Guide to Recover from PC using Wondershare Recoverit:

Step 1: Install & Run Wondershare Recoverit

Launch Recoverit. Once it's open, you have to choose the location from where your file was deleted.

select permanently lost files disk

Step 2: Scan Location

Click on “Start” and the program will begin to scan the selected location on your PC.

scanning the lost files

Step 3: Preview and Recover

Check all the files correctly and preview files that you want to recover on your PC. Now select files that you want to restore and press on “Recover.” Select the path where you want to store the recovered files. With that, you have successfully recovered the files that were deleted from your windows PC.

preview recovered files

Data loss could happen every minute, but keep backup of your important data files could prevent permanent data loss. But as above mentioned, you have a chance to get your deleted files back with the powerful recovery program. You can also learn how to recover a deleted file from Onedrive.

Part 3: Alternative Free Ways to Recover Permanently Deleted Files

If in case you don’t want to use dedicated software, consider trying some alternative ways to restore permanently deleted files.

1. Recover with File History (Only for Windows 10)

The recent Windows 10 computers come with a unique feature. Here you can enable file history, which allows your computer to backup multimedia files automatically. This method can only be used when your file history option is enabled. To check this, follow the steps below.
Step 1: Check whether File History is on or not



Step 2: Recover permanently deleted files using file history




With that, you have successfully restored the deleted folder or file.

2. Recover previous versions

For Windows 7 or above versions, you can also try the Previous Versions feature. However, it requires you have create a system restore point through Backup and Restore, or turn on Files History. Just follow the below steps to recover the deleted files.
Step 1. Open File Explorer and find the folder containing the deleted file.
Step 2. Right-click the folder, then select the Restore previous versions option.


3. Using System restore

If that did not help, you could also try using the system restore option. This will move your computer back to the state when the system restore backup was created. But first, check whether system restore is enabled or not.
Step 1: Check whether System Restore is on or not


Step 2: Recover permanently deleted files using system restore





4. Try Windows File Recovery

Windows file recovery is free to use application available on the windows app store. It operates on some simple command line to recover permanently deleted files from your PC. You can use this tool to recover files from multiple storage devices like hard drives, memory cards, USB drives, etc.
How to recover permanently deleted files with Windows File Recovery:
Step 1: Install & Run Windows File Recovery


Step 2: Use Windows File Recovery to recover Single File.
If you know the exact name of the file, you deleted. You can use this step to recover a specific file. Just follow the steps mentioned below:

winfr C: D: /n \Users\XX\Documents\Reports\restorebackup.docx

Step 3: Use Windows File Recovery to recover Multiple Specific Files
If you’re not sure about the name, try searching for a specific file type and then search for your file among them.

winfr C: D: /n \Users\XX\Pictures\*.PNG \Users\XX\Pictures\*.JPEG
Step 4: Use Windows File Recovery to recover Complete Folder
If you want to restore a complete folder from the backup you can follow these steps:
winfr C: D: /n \Users\XX\Documents\Reports\


5. Check Cloud Backup (If you have)

Many users use cloud storage regularly. This can also be very helpful if you are one of them. You can restore the backup and get your files back on your computer without any trouble. Many cloud storage providers in the market like, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc., check each of your cloud storage and see if you have any backup present on them. If you have below, is the method to restore it:
Steps to restore cloud backup from OneDrive:


The Bottom Line

Although there are many ways to recover permanently deleted files, we mentioned some of the easiest ways you do this task. Among those using the “Recoverit Data Recovery” is probably the best option for you. This software offers many additional benefits and takes lesser time to recover permanently deleted files. That was all for this guide to restore deleted files. We hope our guide was helpful to you. If you have any queries related to this guide feel free to comment below.

People Also Ask

Q1: Where do permanently deleted files go?

The permanently deleted data is removed from the visible directory and moved to a hard-drive temporary space. It is stored there until another file overwrites the deleted file.

Q2: Can I recover deleted files that are too big for the recycle bin?

Yes, you can recover permanently deleted files that did not move to recycle bin. You can simply use Recoverit Data Recovery for this work.

Q3: Can I Recover permanently deleted files from Recycle Bin which was emptied?

Yes, it is possible with the help of useful software like Recoverit Data Recovery.

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