How To Recover Deleted Files

How to Recover Deleted Files From Your Computer

When you accidentally delete or overwrite a file in Windows 10, don’t panic. Even if you didn’t keep an up-to-date backup, you may still be able to restore it. Here’s how to recover your deleted files.

Check the Recycle Bin

Your starting point for a mistakenly deleted file is the Windows Recycle Bin. By default, any file you delete will go into the Recycle Bin until the bin is “full,” at which point the oldest files are deleted to make room. In Windows 10, files are permanently deleted from the Recycle Bin after 30 days by default.

Follow these steps:

  1. Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on the desktop.Recycle Bin
  2. If the icon isn’t there, search for “recycle bin” in the search bar at the bottom left of your screen.
  3. Once you’ve opened the Recycle Bin, look for the file or folder you want. When you find it, right-click and then select “Restore” to put the file back in its original location.
  4. To restore the file to somewhere other than its original location, drag-and-drop it to the desktop or to any folder through File Explorer.

Note: The size of the Recycle Bin isn’t fixed. In most cases, the default size is roughly 5 percent of the space on the hard drive in question. You can change this by right-clicking on the Recycle Bin, clicking on “Properties,” clicking on the hard drive for which you want to change settings, and changing the number (in MB) listed for “Custom size.”

Check Previous Versions

In some cases you may have overwritten rather than deleted a file. You may be able to revert to a previous version of the file through File Explorer. This technique can find copies of files saved when Windows 10 created a restore point and copies of files saved through the built-in “File History” backup tool in the Control Panel.

Try these steps:

  1. Right-click on the file in File Explorer.
  2. Select “Properties.”
  3. Select “Previous Versions” from the tabs at the top. This will show whether any previous versions are available to restore.Previous Versions Tab

Note: Make sure you don’t have the current version of the file open in any applications when you use this method, or you may have problems restoring a previous version.

Specialist Software

If a file isn’t available to restore from the Recycle Bin or the “Previous Versions” method, all may not be lost. When a computer deletes a file, it doesn’t remove the actual data immediately. Instead, it simply marks the space on the hard drive as available to use. The data is still there until the computer overwrites that space.

Try this:

  1. Search online for data recovery tools, which can search for this “hidden” data and restore files where possible. Both paid and free tools are available, though be wary of free options.
  2. Read independent reviews before choosing a tool.
  3. Pay close attention during installation and set-up to make sure you don’t accidentally click to give permission to install unrelated software or change your web browser defaults.

Hope this helped recover some deleted files from your computer. For more complex Managed IT Solutions, please reach out to CPI Solutions.

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