If you’ve deleted some data such as Excel files, Word files, photos or other files by using Shift+Delete keys, or emptied the Recycle Bin folder, this means that the files are permanently deleted from your Windows system. But now you want to recover these permanently deleted files from your system?
In this post, we’ve mentioned the possible methods to recover such deleted files. You can try using Windows built-in Previous Versions to restore permanently deleted files from Windows 10/8/7. However, the best way to recover such deleted files is by using a specialized data recovery tool.
Methods to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10/8/7
Method 1: Use Previous Versions Option
Previous Versions are the earlier versions of folder which existed prior to modification or deletion of file from it. These versions of a folder are automatically created by Windows, provided that the following settings had already been configured on your Windows system before the deletion of file:
- [For Windows 7]: System Protection is turned ON for the drive on which the deleted file existed and System Restore Point is created.
- [For Windows 8]: System Protection is turned ON for the drive on which the deleted file existed and File History is enabled.
- [For Windows 10]: System Protection is turned ON for the drive on which the deleted file existed and File History is enabled or System Restore Point is created.
|[NOTE]: If the above conditions for your respective Windows system are not met, you’d not be able to restore deleted files by using Windows Previous Versions. In such a case, jump directly to the ultimate file recovery solution.
Use Previous Versions to Restore Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 7If you’ve the above given settings configured, follow the given steps to recover permanently deleted photos, Excel files, Word files, etc. from Windows 10, 8 & 7.
Follow the steps given below:
- Right-click the folder from where you deleted your file, and click Properties
- Click Previous Versions tab
Under this tab, you’ll see different versions of the folder based on the date it was modified.
- Select and open each version of the folder one-by-one and see which version contains the permanently deleted file
- Once you’ve found the file, copy and save it to a desired location
[Note]: You can also copy the entire folder version by selecting the required version of the folder and then clicking the Copy button. Once you click Copy, you’ll be prompted to select a location to save this version of the folder.
Use Previous Versions to Restore Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 8
File recovery steps:
- Open File Explorer window or navigate to This PC
- Type \\localhost\C$ in the address bar and hit Enter
[Note]: C in \\localhost\C$ denotes C drive. Replace C with the drive letter of the volume that contained the deleted files.
- Navigate to the folder from where you’d deleted the files
- Right-click the folder and click Properties
- Click Previous Versions tab
This would list earlier versions of the folder. You can open each version of the folder to check which one of them contains deleted files.
- To open a version of the folder, select the folder and click Open button
- Copy the deleted files you found on any version of the folder and save them at your desired location
Use Previous Versions to Restore Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10
To do so, follow the steps given below:
- Right-click the folder which contained the deleted files and click Restore previous versions
This lists all the versions of the folder according to the date it was modified.
- Open each version of the folder one-by-one to see which version contains the deleted file
- Copy the deleted file that you found in any of these versions of the folder
- Paste the file at a desired location
If Previous Version doesn’t help restoring the permanently deleted files, don’t use any hit-and-trial methods. Doing so may overwrite the deleted files and you’d never be able to recover them.
Additional Reading – How to Recover Shift Deleted Files From Windows 10?
Method 2: Use Stellar Data Recovery Software
You can use a DIY and effective data recovery tool such as Stellar Data Recovery for Windows to recover permanently deleted files from Windows 10, 8, 7, and lower versions. It can recover all types of files such as photos, videos, excel files, word files, and so on.
Steps to recover deleted files by using Stellar Data Recovery software:
- Download and install the software on your Windows system, and launch it.
- From the main interface, select All Data
- Select the volume from where you deleted the files, and click Scan.
After the scan process completes, it lists all the files on the drive including the permanently deleted ones.
- Choose the deleted files, and click Recover.
You’ll be prompted to select a location for saving the recovered files.
- Browse a location where you want to save the selected deleted files.
- Once you’ve chosen the location, click Start Saving.
Your permanently deleted files are now saved at the selected location.
Permanently deleted files on Windows 10, 8, and 7 can be restored by using the Previous Versions option. You can look into the previous versions of the folder from where you had deleted the files.
If you’re able to find the deleted files in any of the previous versions of the folder, you can copy them to a desired location.
However, if you’re unable to restore files by using Previous Versions, you need to use an effective data recovery tool such as Stellar Data Recovery Software. The software helps you recover permanently deleted documents, videos, photos, audio files, etc. from Windows 10, 8, 7, and other lower versions.