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Deleted file recovery is possible only with the help of a powerful data recovery software when the Recycle Bin/Trash is empty and backup is obsolete or not available.

When a file is deleted in Windows or Mac system, the data remains on the drive physically as only the logical address (pointer) to the location is removed from the file system index—even if you empty Recycle Bin or Trash and use ‘SHIFT+DEL’ key.

The deleted file remains on the drive and recoverable unless overwritten by a new file or data. That’s why it’s important that you must stop using your Mac or Windows PC and affected storage media immediately after the data loss to prevent overwriting.

NOTE: If the data is business-critical or sensitive, reach out to a data recovery expert instead of trying a DIY solution. While a powerful data recovery software such as Stellar Data Recovery is safe and reliable, a data recovery expert can guide you better with your data loss situation.

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How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows PC?

  1. Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin Folder

    If you have accidentally deleted a file in your Windows PC, it can be restored from the Recycle Bin folder—if the Bin is not emptied already. To recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin in Windows PC, follow these steps:

    • Open Recycle Bin folder
    • Locate the deleted file(s)
    • Right-click on the files and click ‘Restore.’recover-deleted-windowAlternatively, you may choose ‘cut’ and paste or drag the file at your desired location. But to avoid overwriting, use the ‘Restore’ option.
  2. Restore Previous Versions

    If the File History option is active and configured on your system, you can use ‘Restore previous versions’ option to get back deleted files in Windows. Follow these steps to get back deleted files with File History,

    • Navigate to the folder or drive from where file is deleted
    • Right-click on the folder or drive and choose ‘Restore previous versions’recover-deleted-window
    • Select the previous version of the folder when the file was not deleted
    • Click ‘Restore’ or just drag & drop the folder on Desktop

      Check the restored version of the folder for the deleted file.

  3. Use Data Recovery Software

    If the files are not found in the Recycle Bin and File History, use Stellar Data Recovery software to recover deleted files from a Windows PC or s upported internal or external storage devices such as hard drive, SSD, thumb drive, memory card, etc. by following these steps,

    1. Download and install Stellar Data Recovery software

      Free Download

    2. Choose ‘All Data’ or choose specific file types and click ‘Next.’ recover-deleted-window
    3. Select choose a folder location or drive volume from where files are deleted
    4. Click ‘Scan’recover-deleted-window
    5. In case the deleted files are not found, click ‘Click Here’ link at the bottom to run a deep scanrecover-deleted-window
    6. After the scan, click on a photo, video, document, or audio file to see its preview before saving. Use the search bar to locate the desired files for faster recoveryrecover-deleted-window
    7. Click the ‘File Type’ tab in left-pane to sort the scan results according to their file type
    8. Finally, select the files you want to save and click ‘Recover.’recover-deleted-window
    9. Click ‘Browse’ to choose a save location on a different hard disk or external drive and click ‘Start Saving.’

How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac?

  1. Check Trash in Mac for Deleted File Recovery

    Similar to Windows, Mac also has Trash that contains recently deleted files. In Mac, when you accidentally delete some files, they go to the Trash folder and remain there for at least 30 days.

    To recover deleted files in Mac,

    • Open the Trash folder and then drag and drop the files on Desktop that you want to recover
  2. Leverage a Mac data recovery Software

    Download, install and run Stellar Mac Data Recovery software on your Mac system.

    Free Download

    If the Trash is empty, you must follow general file recovery steps, which are as follow,

    1. Download, install and run Stellar Data Recovery software on your Mac system. recover-deleted-mac
    2. Choose file types that you wish to recover and click ‘Next.’ recover-deleted-mac
    3. Select the folder or drive volume from where data is missing or accidentally deleted
    4. Click ‘Scan’recover-deleted-mac
    5. After the scan, if the desired file is not found, click ‘Click Here’ link at the bottom left to run ‘Deep Scan.’recover-deleted-mac
    6. Post scan, you can click on desired files to see its preview before saving. You may also use the search bar to locate desired files for recovery.recover-deleted-mac recover-deleted-mac
    7. Select the files you wish to recover and click ‘Recover.’recover-deleted-mac
    8. Click ‘Browse’ and choose a save location, preferably on an external storage driverecover-deleted-mac
    9. Click ‘Start Saving’ and wait for the software to finish saving selected files at your desired location

Recover Deleted Files from External Windows or Mac Drives

To recover files deleted from external Windows or Mac drives, check the Recycle Bin or Trash folder.

If files are not found, immediately leverage Stellar Data Recovery software to get back deleted files from all kinds of Windows-based storage media devices. The powerful DIY data recovery software is available for both Mac and Windows OS. It can help you get back lost files from a formatted, corrupt, or missing internal or external drive partition.

Connect the external USB drive to your Windows PC and run Stellar Data recovery software for windows to restore data in 3-simple steps—Select, Scan, and Recover.

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And as mentioned earlier, get in touch with a professional data recovery expert when the data is critical.

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Recover Deleted Data from RAID 0, RAID 5, or RAID 6 Array

RAID is often considered as a backup. However, RAID is equally prone to logical failure and corruption due to reasons such as power failure, virus or malware infection, SMART errors, etc.

For logical data loss cases in RAID, we have software for RAID recovery- Stellar Windows Data Recovery – Technician.

If you have lost or deleted files from your RAID volume, follow these steps to get back the deleted files,

  1. Download and install Stellar Data Recovery Technician software.

    Free Download

  2. Launch the software and click ‘Recover Data.’ recover-deleted-raid
  3. Choose what files you wish to recover and then click ‘Next.’
  4. Select the RAID volume under ‘Connected Drives’ and click ‘Scan.’
  5. After the scan, the recovered files are listed in the left ‘Tree View’ pane. Click ‘Deleted List’ tab to view the list of accidentally deleted files. recover-deleted-raid
  6. If the files you deleted are not listed, click ‘Click Here’ link at the bottom to begin a deep scan
  7. After the scan, select the desired files and click ‘Recover.’ recover-deleted-raid
  8. Click ‘Browse’ and then choose a save location
  9. Click ‘Start Saving’

If the RAID volume is not found, make sure RAID is properly configured and connected to your Windows PC. In case of corrupt RAID, disconnect all the drives and connect them individually to your Windows PC via SATA or SATA to USB converter cable.

  • Select the file types you want to recover and click ‘Next.’
  • Choose ‘RAID Recovery’ and click ‘Next.’ recover-deleted-raid
  • Then choose the RAID array tab, select connected RAID drives and provide required RAID parameters recover-deleted-raid
  • Click ‘Reconstruct RAID’ recover-deleted-raid
  • Select the reconstructed RAID volume to scan recover-deleted-raid
  • After scan, select the files you want to recover and click ‘Recover.’ recover-deleted-raid
  • Click ‘Browse’ and select a save location recover-deleted-raid
  • Click ‘Start Saving’

How to recover Deleted Files from SD Memory Card?

To recover data from a Memory or SD Memory card, you need to remove the SD card from your phone or camera or any other device. Then connect your SD card to PC by using a Memory card reader and follow these steps to recover deleted files from a micro/mini or SDHC/SDXC SD card. recover-deleted-memory

NOTE: After data loss, stop using your memory card immediately to avoid overwriting, which otherwise can lead to permanent data loss, beyond recovery.

  1. Install and launch Stellar Data Recovery software on your Windows PC
  2. Select the files you want to recover and click ‘Next’
  3. Choose the SD card volume listed under ‘Connected Drives’ and click ‘Scan’
  4. After the scan, click on a file to see its preview. If a desired file is not found, click ‘Click Here’ link at the bottom
  5. Post deep scan, choose the files you want to recover and save
  6. Click ‘Recover’ and then ‘Browse’ to choose a save location on PC
  7. Click ‘Start Saving’ and wait for the software to finish saving the recovered deleted files at your desired location

Post recovery, transfer the recovered files back to your SD card. And to avoid data loss, keep a backup copy of all your important files. But when backups are obsolete or unavailable, leverage a data recovery software immediately.

Conclusion

Both Windows and MacOS come with an added protection called Recycle Bin or Trash respectively that stores deleted files. If you have accidentally deleted your files in Windows or Mac machine, the Recycle Bin or Trash folder may still contain those deleted files. You can drag and drop the deleted files from the Recycle Bin or Trash to a safe location on the system.

In case, deleted files are not found in the Recycle Bin, Trash, or backup, immediately leverage a powerful data recovery software such as Stellar Data Recovery to get back your lost and deleted files from all kinds of Windows storage media. The software supports all types of Windows or Mac-based media such as hard drive, solid-state drives (SSD), flash drives, SD Cards, and more—including complex RAID 0, RAID 5, and RAID 6 arrays.

FAQ's

How to recover the lost data from MS Word File?

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How can I recover my permanently deleted files?

Data files deleted permanently are not removed from your system that instant. There are methods that can help you recover deleted files.

  1. With help of Stellar Data Recovery for Windows software
  2. Restore data with the help of backup
  3. Restore files from previous versions
Can I recover a deleted file from pen drive?

Pen drives are portable and used to store files and transfer video files, audio files between devices. Pen drive users frequently experience data loss due to deletion, file system becoming RAW, formatting. Recovering deleted file is 100% possible with the help of stellar software.

  1. Download the software on your PC/Laptop
  2. Connect Pen Drive with PC/Laptop
  3. Scan the Pen Drive and Recover data

Stellar Data Recovery for Windows Software is 100% safe & secure, plugin free data recovery software. The software works fine with pen drive, and it also supports data recovery from other storage media devices like hard drives, memory cards, SSD drives.

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