5 Essential Steps to Recover Files on Windows

Losing important file due to accidental deletion, system crash, hard disk failure, or due to file or system corruption is very often scenario you have to deal with. It may cause an important file loss abruptly. To deal with this situation, you can keep your data back up as a first measure. Else you can use different built-in features to recover your lost data. Using file recovery software tools is another effective way to recover files instantly and accurately. Let’s discuss 5 essential steps to recover files on Windows.

Recover files from Recycle Bin: Usually, when you delete some file on your system it goes to system Recycle Bin. It means when you have deleted some file it is marked as “Deleted” in system drive’s File Allocation Table (FAT) or in Master File Table (MFT). This action is performed automatically by your system. Once any file is marked “Deleted”, it will not display in any folder as it is moved to recycle bin. Thus, the first place you should search for your deleted files should be the system recycle bin, unless you have emptied it.

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To recover files on Windows, go to system recycle bin and scroll through the files to find the file you want to recover. Now right-click on the selected file and tap on Restore option. It will instantly recover the deleted file to its original location/folder.

Restore previous version: You can “Restore Previous Version” of system which is another built-in feature of Windows, to recover files. This built-in feature is a part of Windows Volume Shadow Service. It generally creates various restore points on your system to help you roll back changes you have performed on your PC. It is useful to recover permanently deleted files (Shift + Delete) and even if you have emptied your system recycle bin. It is effective to use this feature in early stage of file deletion as overwriting disk may cause some trouble.


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To use this feature, go to folder where deleted file originally existed and right-click on it to select “Restore Previous Versions” option. It will display all deleted files in separate window. Now choose the file that you want to restore and press OK to instantly recover the file.

Recover an older version of lost or deleted file: You can recover an older version of lost or deleted file to recover files on Windows. You can use this Windows built-in feature to recover files when you have deleted files and then emptied your system recycle bin. This simple step is helpful to restore an older version of files. To do this, open the folder where you had deleted file previously and click on History option. Here, it will display all files contained in the recent backup of that folder. Now under History tab press Previous option to find and select the file you want to restore and tap on green Restore button to recover file.

Try technology: If you want to recover files on Windows in a hassle-free manner then this is the simplest step to follow. You can use different file recovery software tools for easy and instant file recovery on your system. One such tool is Advanced Disk Recovery which is specifically designed for Windows users. This tool works on advanced technique and smart algorithms to help you recover your files seamlessly. Its strong search engines find and recover lost files even from the remotest corners of your system. It is designed to reduce your manual efforts and save time. You can follow this step to recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10, 8, 7 and older versions.

Try Backup: If you follow the practice to back up data on regular intervals then chances are high you can’t lose data anytime. You can take files backup on separate drives within your system, on external drives, flash drives, Cloud servers or anywhere else. This simple yet powerful step can help you recover almost any of your lost file (s) instantly and accurately. It is also useful to avoid data loss in case of system crash, system malfunction etc.

File recovery on your system is far easy these days with many built-in features and using advanced disk recovery tools. It is important to remember that file recovery process works well when your disk is not overwritten with other data. Thus, you should follow file recovery process as soon as possible to avoid data loss.

Apoorv Bhatnagar

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