At some point of time, you must have permanently deleted a file from your computer considering it irrelevant to you. Yet, you came across a situation when you needed that file (and no other substitute of it). And yet, you can’t recover it from your Recycle Bin.
Having said that, it doesn’t really mean that you can’t recover the file at all. There are various ways to recover permanently deleted files on your Windows 7 system. We have covered several ways that are absolute rescuer to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 7. Before we proceed any further, let’s understand if these files are permanently deleted from your system or there is some other case.
Do files on your system ever get permanently deleted?
You happen to delete a file for various reasons such as, when you want to recover memory space on your hard drive or the file seems irrelevant to you or alike. However, if you simply delete a file, it isn’t deleted but is placed in recycle bin, which is a direct en-route to recover any file. But there are times when you have unloaded recycle bin or shift-deleted (permanently deleted) a file. In this case, Windows never really removes a file rather it marks the hard disk space as being available for use by changing one character in the file table. That calls forth that you can easily recover any permanently deleted file, but would require a different procedure to do so. Scroll on and find steps to recover a permanently deleted file in Windows 7 with and without using a recovery software.
Recover permanently deleted files in Windows 7 without using a software
Get to the Restore Point on your system
Creating restore point is a way to backup your PC. If you have already created restore point on your system, you’ll be able to recover any permanently deleted file in a jiffy.
- Click on Start button.
- Select Control Panel> System and Security> System> System Protection.
- Click on Create and type description.
- Now click on Create
Once you have created Restore Point on your system, you can anytime restore your files. To restore your files, follow the steps below.
- Click on Start button.
- Select Control Panel> System and Security> System> Backup and Restore.
- To restore your files, either choose Restore my files or Restore all users’ files.
- To look through the content of the file, either select Browse for files or Browse for folders. The former will let you see file content while the latter will take you to files contained in a folder
- You can also search for files in search tab with a part of or full file name.
Read Also: How to Backup Drivers on Windows 7
Refer to the File History on your system
You can also find a file via its history on your system. To do this, follow the steps below.
- Click on Start button and type File History.
- Now select File History folder.
- After this, type the file name in search bar and click on restore button. This will save the file at same destination as it was on earlier.
- If you don’t want to save the file on the same destination, then click and hold the restore button and select ‘Restore To’ and direct the new location.
Recover permanently deleted files in Windows 7 using a software
Get Advanced Disk Recovery to quickly recover deleted files on your computer
If these methods don’t work for you or may seem confusing to you, then opt for Advanced Disk Recovery. It’s a disk recovery tool that helps you recover any permanently deleted file in a few clicks.
- Install and launch the Advanced Disk Recovery tool on your Windows PC.
- Select the area from where you want to recover deleted file(s).
- Now select the drive and click on ‘Start Scan Now’ button.
- Click on either of the scanning options. Quick Scan will speedily scan master file tables while deep scan will do extensive scanning.
- All your deleted files will get listed in red font. Click on any deleted file and then ‘Recover’ button.
- Set a location for the file and click on ‘Ok’ button.
- All your deleted files will be saved in an instant.
These are three ways to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 7 PC with and without using a recovery software. If you’re a Windows 10 user, here are some more alternatives available for you.