You have deleted files accidentally from your desktop computer and are wondering if there is a way you can get those files back. Yes. Recovery of deleted files is possible as long as you do not add files to the location from where these files were deleted. The deleted files are not visible, but they are not out of your computer yet. Only their references are present, which will be overwritten when new files replace them.
Let us look at few ways to recover deleted data:
- Generic methods
a. Check Recycle Bin: Once the files are deleted, they go to Recycle Bin. If you had used Shift+Delete option, they go directly out of Recycle Bin. Just click on Recycle Bin icon on the desktop and check if your deleted files are still there.
If you find them, right click on the file and select Restore. You can also drag and drop these files onto the desktop or other folders.
b. Search for recovery versions of file: Certain programs like Microsoft Word keep a recovery version of a file if you inadvertently shut down your system or program while editing. Once you open the Microsoft Word application again, you will be asked if you want to restore these files to their previous saved state.
Note that this method won’t work for every program.
c. Using File History: You can also retrieve your deleted files using your computer’s inbuilt backup of File History.
- Click on the folder icon present on the taskbar in your Windows 10 system. You can see This PC, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos folders and hard drives in the system. Click on the folder that contained your lost/deleted files.
- After selecting the folder, click on Home tab and then History.
- You can now see all the backed up folders by File History program. Go inside these folders and files to check their contents.
- Select a particular file, group of files or folders you want to restore.
- Once you click on a particular file you want to restore, you see a left-pointing arrow and a right-pointing arrow at the bottom of the window. Click on left-arrow if you want to check previous versions of the file. Click on right arrow if you want to see newer versions of the file.
- If you are not finding the file you are looking for, type the file name into the search box at the top of the window.
- Once the file/folder is selected, click on Restore button to take your fie back to its original place.
- There is a problem with this step though. If the destination folder you are placing this file already has a file with the same name, Windows warns you of the problem and shows three options.
“The destination already has a file named “Filename.txt.”
Replace the file in the destination.
Skip this file
Compare info for both files.
Replace the file in the destination: Select this option only if you are completely sure that this new file is better than the old file.
Skip this file: Click this option if you do not want this new file. You are happy to retain the old file.
Compare info for both files: This is probably the best option, letting you choose between two files based on file’s sizes and dates. You can keep both files as well. Windows will just add a number to the new file. Ec: filename (1).
If you weren’t successful in recovering your deleted files using any of the above methods, you can try Remo Recover software. No other tool can match up to the efficiency and accuracy of Remo Recover when it comes to file recovery.
- Using Remo Recover
Remo Recover software provides a reliable and efficient solution on how to restore deleted files from desktop.
The software has a robust scanning mechanism which scans every nook and corner of your storage device to perform deleted data recovery. Using this file recovery tool, you can recover data from several file systems including FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, ExFAT.
Remo Recover software identifies different file types – office files, photos, videos, Photoshop files, PowerPoint files and so on. If the file type you are searching for isn’t present in the software, you can manually add it.
Remo Recover software can also be used to recover deleted excel file.
If you partitioned your hard drive since the last time you lost your file, no need to worry. You can still restore your lost data using Remo Recover software.