This should be your first course of action when attempting to recover a deleted file or folder. The Recycle Bin is a special folder that is designed to hold deleted files temporarily. Files and folders which are deleted by the OS reside in the Recycle Bin until the bin is either manually or automatically emptied.
This procedure will restore the data to its original location on the hard drive. You will not be able to successfully use this process if you have emptied the Recycle Bin after the files were deleted and before you tried to recover them. If that is the case, you will need to try the next method to get back your lost data. Large files that are too big to fit in the Recycle Bin will be immediately permanently deleted and also cannot be recovered in this way.
Another built-in Windows recovery method is to restore a previous version of a file or folder.
There may be a couple of issues you need to overcome to successfully use this procedure. First, it is necessary that there be prior versions of the file on the disk. This may not be the case for newly created files. You also may have made substantial changes to the data that minimizes the usefulness of restoring a previous version. If those issues impact your ability to use this method, you may need to use data recovery software to get back your lost files.
Those of you following best practices and regularly backing up your computer’s hard drive to another storage media have another option when discovering that data has inadvertently been deleted. The specific steps to perform the recovery will vary based on the method employed to create the backups, but these general steps are valid for restoring data from a backup.
You will need to connect to the external storage that is used to store your backups. This may be a physical device or a cloud instance, based on how you perform your backups. Using this method necessarily returns an older version of the data that was deleted which may or may not be enough for your needs.
Deleted files can be recovered in a number of ways. In some cases, you can use native Windows tools or system backups to get back your data. Data recovery software can also be used to search for deleted information and can locate files that cannot be retrieved through the use of basic Windows facilities.
You can recover deleted files for free by using the Recycle Bin or restoring previous versions of the file. A system backup can also be used to restore deleted files. Disk Drill for Windows allows users to recover up to 500 MB of data without any financial investment in the tool.
Follow these steps to recover deleted files in Windows 10:
To recover deleted files from Recycle Bin:
When Windows deletes a file it usually goes to the Recycle Bin. Once it is removed from the bin or permanently deleted, logical references to the file are deleted but the data remains physically on the storage media. This fact enables data recovery software to recover permanently deleted files.