You installed Windows 10 Operating system a few days ago and are extremely happy with its performance so far. However, your desktop is filled with lots of files and you want to organize it better. You are cleaning up your system and organizing similar kind of files, ones that are less frequently used and deleting ones that are no longer needed. While removing unwanted files, little do you notice that there are some important files that are required for system security.
Only after you have permanently deleted them to optimize system performance, you realize your mistake. Is it too late to recover these files that are now out of Recycle bin?
Well, the answer is No as long as you do not overwrite the space vacated by deleted files with new files. Once the file is permanently deleted or deleted using Shift+Delete operation, it is just removing the reference to the file on the hard drive. This means that the file is no longer readable by the computer. The file will be on the system until another file is saved to the same location.
It’s not a great feeling to lose files permanently due to any reason. Fortunately, there are ways in which you can get your deleted/lost data back on your Windows 10 system.
- Using File History
You can use Windows inbuilt backup program File History to retrieve lost/deleted files and folders.
In order to keep your files safe, File History automatically backs up all your files in your Documents, Music, Photos and Videos folders.
File history also allows you to compare previous versions of the files with the current version.
- Click on the folder icon present on the taskbar in your Windows 10 system. You can see This PC, Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, Videos folders and hard drives in the system. Click on the folder that contained your lost/deleted files.
- After selecting the folder, click on Home tab and then History.
- You can now see all the backed up folders by File History program. Go inside these folders and files to check their contents.
- Select a particular file, group of files or folders you want to restore.
- Once you click on a particular file you want to restore, you see a left-pointing arrow and a right-pointing arrow at the bottom of the window. Click on left-arrow if you want to check previous versions of the file. Click on right arrow if you want to see newer versions of the file.
- If you are not finding the file you are looking for, type the file name into the search box at the top of the window.
- Once the file/folder is selected, click on Restore button to take your fie back to its original place.
- There is a problem with this step though. If the destination folder you are placing this file already has a similarly named file, Windows warns you of the problem and shows three options.
“The destination already has a file named “Filename.txt.”
Replace the file in the destination.
Skip this file
Compare info for both files.
Replace the file in the destination: Select this option only if you are completely sure that this new file is better than the old file.
Skip this file: Click this option if you do not want this new file. You are happy to retain the old file.
Compare info for both files: This is probably the best option, letting you choose between two files based on file’s sizes and dates. You can keep both files as well. Windows will just add a number to the new file. Ec: filename (1).
Using Remo Recover
You can easily recover permanently deleted files on Windows 10 using Remo Recover software.
The software has a great scanning mechanism to search for all kinds of files. You also have the option to add particular file types, if the software doesn’t list them.
If you are wondering about how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 8 system, do not worry. Remo Recover software works well with all versions of Windows.
You can also recover data from lost/deleted/formatted/re-formatted partitions with this software.
Even if the hard drive has bad sectors, Remo Recover bypasses these bad sectors, creates a disk image of the hard drive and later restore data from this image.