How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10

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Wondering how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10? With three methods mentioned in this blog, you can undelete files. One of the simplest ways to restore deleted files including photos, audios, videos, Office documents, etc in Windows 10, is using Advanced Disk Recovery, a recovery tool (Free) for Windows, which can help you find deleted files in a few clicks. 

Advanced Disk Recovery (Free Tool)
  • Recovers Accidentally deleted files in no time.
  • Is Available for Free For 24 Hours
  • Can Recover All Types Of Data

Best Methods to Recover Deleted Files

Method 1-  How to recover deleted files using free software

Method 2- How to undelete files Using Restore Previous Versions 

Method 3 –  How to get lost files back using backup

Method 4 – How to Retrieve lost files Using Command Prompt 

Method 5- How to restore data from Recycle Bin Windows 10

How Files Are Permanently Deleted From Your Windows 10?

When you delete a file from your Windows OS, it lands in the Recycle Bin. You can restore the files or delete them by going to Recycle Bin. You can also use Shift+Delete to delete a file or folder,  or run system cleaning app to remove a file, however, in this scenario, you can’t get locate the file on your own. To find deleted file and folder, you need to put more efforts. We will discuss some of the best ways to get permanently deleted files in Windows 10.

How Files Are Permanently Deleted From Your Windows?

Is It Possible To Recover Deleted Files In Your PC?

Yes, it is possible to recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10. These deleted files or folders are not actually removed from your PC instantly. The deleted file is marked available until new data overwrites it on a hard disk. This means that you can undelete files. So, if you want to restore deleted files on Windows 10, then don’t worry, we have a solution for you. You can use: 

  • A Free Software–  use Advanced Disk Recovery software (a simple and easy way to find deleted folder and files )
  •  Have Restore Previous Versions enabled, then use it  to Restore Lost Files
  • Enabled Backup, use this feature to retrieve deleted files
  • Comfortable with using tricks on Command Prompt, then use the command-line interface to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10

When a file gets deleted from a computer, it removes the reference to the file on the hard drive. Once the reference is removed, the computer can no longer see the file. The space taken by the file is empty and is no longer readable by the computer. However,  it’s still on the hard drive, at least until another file is saved to the same location.

So, Don’t worry! You can restore permanently deleted files like photos, audios, videos, documents, etc on your computer with or without a special recovery software.

How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10 with Free Software

Method 1- How to Recover Deleted Files using Free Software

Advanced Disk Recovery is Free software to rely on when it comes to retrieving accidentally deleted data. You can restore any file or folder on your Windows PC even if you have shift deleted them. Download it from the button below:

To recover, follow these steps:

  •  Install and launch the Advanced Disk Recovery tool on your Windows PC.
  •  Select the location from where you want to recover a deleted file or folder.

Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10

  • Now select the Drive and click on ‘Start Scan Now’

You will be provided with two options, Quick Scan and Deep Scan.

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Quick Scan will scan master file tables quickly whilst Deep scan will do profound scanning.

  •  After the scan is completed, you will see the list of deleted files in red font. Click on any deleted file and then on ‘Recover’ button.
  •  Select a location where you want to store the file or folder after recovery and click on ‘Ok’ button.

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Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10 Without Software

There are three ways to restore deleted files. Let’s know how all three one by one: 

Method 2- How to undelete Files Using Restore Previous Versions

  • Navigate to the folder or the location where you stored the file in the past. ( before being deleted)
  • Make a right-click on the folder and select the option “Restore previous versions”.

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  • You will get an option to Restore the folder.

This will restore the previous version of the file, hence providing you with the lost files. 

If you don’t see an option “Restore previous versions”,  don’t panic, here’s what you going to do: 

  • Navigate to Control Panel, or type Control Panel in Run Window(Windows Key and R together).

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  • Locate  System >System Protection (locate on the left side of the panel)

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  •  You will get the System Properties window. Select the drive and click Configure. 

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  •  On System Protection window, click on the Radio button beside Turn on System Protection. 

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Now, you will see “Restore previous versions” on a particular folder.

So, repeat the aforementioned steps to Restore previous versions.

Method 3 – How To Get Lost Files Via Backup

If you are using Windows Backup, then there is a high possibility to undelete files on Windows 10. You can check for your backup and recover lost data. Follow these steps to restore permanently deleted files in windows 10 by using a backup method. 

Use Backup to Retrieve Deleted Files in Windows 10

  •  Connect your backup storage media with your Windows PC.
  • Press Windows and I key to get Settings. 

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  •  Locate Update & Security-> Backup

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  •  Click Go to Backup & Restore (Windows 7)
  •  Click Restore My Files.

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If not available, choose the suitable drive to access another backup to restore and follow onscreen instructions. 

Method 4 – How to Retrieve Lost Files Using Command Prompt

Retrieving deleted files on Windows 10 is possible using Command Prompt. Moreover, you can get your data back even if you have deleted it from Recycle Bin. All you need to do is connect an external drive to your computer, it can be an external drive, USB. For that you need to use attribute command:

  •  Type Command Prompt or CMD in the Start menu’s search box. Click Run as administrator to launch it.

Use Command Prompt to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10

  •  Type chkdsk E: /f  and press Enter. (Here, E is the External drive letter when you want to recover deleted files.

Note: Chkdsk is a command used to check the integrity of your hard disk & comes with the capability to fix various file system errors. 

Use Command Prompt

  • Now type Y to allow the system to start the scan and press Enter.
  • Type E: (DRIVE LETTER) again and press Enter.
  • Type F:\>attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.*

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Wherein, 

-r Read-only attribute. 

–s System attribute to selected files

–h  ‘Hidden’ attribute to the selected files

‘/S’  search the specified path which includes subfolders

‘/D’ contains process folders

  •  Once the scan is complete, you will get a new folder on the connected external drive. The retrieved files will be .CHK format. You can change the format of the files and move them to the desired location. 

Method 5- How to Restore Data from Recycle Bin Windows 10

In case you have just deleted the files, by pressing or clicking Delete, then your files are in Recycle Bin. To restore files from Recycle Bin, you need to follow these steps: 

  • Locate Recycle Bin icon from Desktop and double click it open it.
  • On the Recycle Bin window, locate files that you want to recover.How to restore data from Recycle Bin Windows 10
  • Select the file and click Restore the selected items or to restore all of them, click Restore all items.

So, if you are lucky enough, then you will get your files with any of these methods. If you don’t get them, don’t lose hope, you can always use third-party software to do the job for you. One of the best software for this task is the Advanced Disk Recovery tool which will recover your permanently deleted files in Windows 10 in a few clicks. Download Advanced Disk Recovery from the button below-

Conclusion

If you don’t want to face this crisis of losing your important files, then make sure you always create a backup of them. You can use an external drive or cloud storage to keep your important files secure. You can also activate File History to ensure that your files are safe. It automatically stores a copy of files on a network drive or USB drive.

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16 COMMENTS

  • Jenny
    I accidently deleted some files, so I was searching for how do I recover deleted files in windows 10 and I found this article it really helped me to retrieve my files. So, thanks for sharing the information.

    1 year ago Reply
  • Linda Rey
    Thanks to share this thing with us this article helped me to undelete my files in my system.

    7 months ago Reply
  • Mariya
    Suddenly I deleted my games from my windows and lost every game so is it possible to recover deleted games in windows 10.

    3 months ago Reply
  • Maggie
    Amazing ways to recover files which is permanently deleted in windows10 operating system.Very helpful !

    3 months ago Reply
    • Srishti Sisodia
      Hi Maggie,

      Thank you for your comment. We appreciate you liked our content. For more tech updates and troubleshooting techniques, do subscribe to our Newsletter.

      2 months ago Reply
  • Steve
    Advanced disk recovery restores deleted files on windows 10 does it work on other versios too?

    3 months ago Reply
    • Srishti Sisodia
      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, Advanced Disk Recovery works for Windows 10, 8, 8.1,7, Vista and even XP.

      2 months ago Reply
  • Ammy
    There are various mathods to restore deleted files in windows 10 . I tried for recovering my lost data. It 100% works

    Thanks !

    3 months ago Reply
    • Srishti Sisodia
      Hi Ammy,

      Thank you for your comment. We are glad that we could be of any help. For more troubleshooting and technical knowledge blogs, do subscribe to our Newsletter.

      2 months ago Reply
  • Itika
    Fantastic blog, very informative indeed.

    3 months ago Reply
  • Itika
    Nice blog. Impressive and informative.

    3 months ago Reply
    • Srishti Sisodia
      Hi Itika,

      Thank you for your comment. We appreciate that you liked our content. If you want to stay in touch with more troubleshooting techniques along with other technical knowledge, then do subscribe to our Newsletter.

      2 months ago Reply
  • sam
    I have deleted a folder accidentally and it got deleted permanently as i cannot find it in the recycle bin.
    Please provide any solution to recover those files.
    Thanks

    2 months ago Reply
    • Srishti Sisodia
      Hi Sam,

      Thank you for your comment. Please use Advanced Disk Recovery tool to recover your files provided you haven’t performed any cut, copy or move operation on the disk. The tool is free for a day. If you like it, you can get a licensed version too.

      2 months ago Reply
  • Morya
    hello! i am trying the cmd method because the rest are notworking but it doesnt work as in your tetorial, it says “Chkdsk cannot run because the volume is in use by another process” what should i do? the folder i have lost is too importent!

    2 months ago Reply
    • Srishti Sisodia
      Hi,

      Please install Systweak’s Advanced Disk Recovery and scan your computer for your folder. If the file hasn’t been overwritten, you will surely get your file back. The software is available for free for a day.

      1 month ago Reply
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