When you delete an Excel, Word, PDF or Image File on your computer, it is only marked for deletion and still remains available on the Hard Disk. You can find below different methods to Recover Deleted Files from Windows PC.
Recover Deleted Files from Windows PC
If you just deleted a File by mistake, it can be easily recovered using the Undelete option as available on your Windows computer.
If the File was deleted a while ago, yesterday or within the last 30 days, it should still be available in Recycle Bin and can be easily recovered.
If your computer is not set to automatically clear the Recycle Bin after 30 days, the deleted file will remain available in the Recycle Bin, until it is permanently deleted by manually clearing the Recycle Bin.
Even if the File has been permanently deleted from the computer, it can be recovered using System Restore, from a Backup (if available) or by using various Free and Paid Data Recovery Programs as available in the market.
1. Recover Deleted File Using “Undo Delete” Option
If you accidentally deleted an Excel, Word, PDF or Image File, right-click anywhere on the Desktop and select Undo Delete option in the contextual menu.
You should find the deleted File appearing back on Desktop or the Folder from which it was originally deleted.
2. Restore Deleted File from Recycle Bin
If you were unable to Recover the File or Folder using “Undo Delete”, it should still be available in the Recycle Bin.
Open the Recycle bin on your computer > right-click on the File that you want to recover and select the Restore option.
After the restore process is completed, the deleted file will become available in its original location (Desktop or Folder from which it was deleted).
3. Use Windows File Recovery
If the File has been permanently deleted from the computer, you should be able to recover the File using Windows File Recovery App as available on your computer.
Windows File Recovery is a Command Line App that can help in recovering files deleted from any Local Storage Device, including the Internal Hard Disk on your computer.
Login to your Admin Account > open Microsoft Store > Search for Windows File Recovery and click on Get to download the Free App on your computer.
Note: Windows File Recovery Does not work, when it is downloaded to a Standard User Account.
After the App is downloaded, open Windows File Recovery and this will take you to Command Prompt. In the Command Prompt window, type the required command as per Usage Instructions and press the Enter Key.
For example, if you are trying to recover a File named as “Class 10 Attendance”, type the Command as Winfr C: E: /extensive /n *Class* and hit the Enter Key to save the recovered file to Drive E.
If you are trying to recover a Word Document or PDF File and do not know the File Name: Type Winfr C: E: /extensive /n *.pdf /n *.docx and press the Enter key to save the deleted PDF or Word File to E Drive.
Note: The Source and Destination Drives must be different, they cannot be the same.
Do Paid Data Recovery Tools Work?
Even if any File has been permanently deleted from the computer, it is only marked for deletion by File System and remains available on the Hard Disk.
The Deleted File remains marked for deletion on the Hard Disk, until it gets overwritten by fresh data. This happens, when you create new files, update existing files, download files or install updates on the computer.
Various Data Recovery Tools as available in the market are basically designed to read parts of the Hard Disk that are marked for Deletion by the File System.
They can recover deleted files, only if the part of Hard Disk where the Deleted files are stored has not be overwritten by New or Fresh data.