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Can We Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files in Windows? – Solved

No matter you are being troubled by mistakenly deleting important files or not, you might have a series of questions about recovering deleted files like the following man:

why What if you've accidentally deleted important files, emptied them from the recycling bin, then want to get them back? If you immediately realize what you did, is there anything that can be done to get the files back? Is there any software I can purchase to recover those files? Are there any available recovery services? What other steps should I take in event like this -- turning off the computer right away? Is there any hope to recover these files, or are they gone for good?

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Indeed, most of you would want to know whether it is possible to recover mistakenly deleted files. If yes, how? In this post, we will talk about this subject as detailed as possible.

Can We Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files in Windows 10/8.1/8/7? Here Are Answers

First of all, we can't simply say Yes or No to answer this question, because under different situations there are different answers.

  • If deleted files still reside in recycle bin, you are able to restore them to their original location.

  • If there is a previous version, you are able to get the deleted files back.

  • If deleted files haven't been overwritten by new data, you are able to recover them even if recycle bin has been emptied and there is no previous version.

The post Data Recovery will show why deleted or lost data could be recovered even if they have been emptied from recycle bin.

Next, let's see how to do the recovery.

Choose the Best Way to Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files in Windows 10/8/8.1/7

Aiming at different storage devices, we give different solutions.

Section 1. Retrieve Wrongly Deleted Data from Internal HDD (not SSD)

A survey shows users are more likely to delete files saved on desktop by mistake, so here we focus on recovering data from desktop.

Step 1: Try Recovering Deleted Files from Recycle Bin
Cross your fingers, and then open Windows Recycle Bin to see whether deleted files are still there, even if you are used to emptying Recycle Bin to release free space. If you are lucky enough to find those mistakenly deleted data, select all of them, and then tap on Restore the selected items.

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Then, all deleted files will get back, and you can find them in their original location.

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If you deleted files from Recycle Bin by mistake, you might be interested in this post To Complete Recycle Bin Recovery, This Is What You Should Know, which shows details of Recycle Bin Recovery.

Step 2: Recover Permanently Deleted Files Using Previous Version
If no useful files are found in Recycle Bin, try retrieving a previous vision if you have created either restore point or backup for this drive.

Right click the folder deleted files or folders were, choose Properties, and click the Previous Version tab. If the folder was at the root directory of drive C (desktop files are always saved on C), for example C:\, right-click the drive, and then choose Restore previous versions to get some previous versions:

recover deleted files from previous version

Then, double click a previous version of the folder to see whether it contains the file or folder you deleted. Once locating the file or folder, drag it to another location, and then the version of file or folder will be saved to the location you selected. For more details, please see Microsoft's Recover Lost or Deleted Files.

Step 3: Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files Using Data Recovery Software
But if there is no previous version, you'd better make use of a data recovery software, and MiniTool Power Data Recovery is worth trying. We recommend this program largely because it allows users to recover 1GB data for free, and does well in recovering lost data compared with similar products. Moreover, it supports manually exporting and loading scanning results, which avoids scanning the same device repeatedly.

Note: to recover mistakenly deleted files from desktop, you'd better turn off your computer, then take out the hard disk which suffers data loss, and slave it to another computer to do recovery. Why do like this?
As we know, files stored on desktop are always saved in C: which is configured to install programs, updates, temporary files, and other files by default. As a result, files deleted from this drive are easier to be overwritten by new data. Disappointingly, both data recovery companies and data recovery software are unable to recover overwritten files.
Of course, if you are unwilling to take out hard disk, you can try using MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk which is capable of recovering lost data without starting Windows. For specific steps, please skip to How to Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files with MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Disk.

For specific steps to retrieve wrongly deleted data with data recovery software, please skip to the section How to Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files with MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

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Section 2. Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files from Internal SSD (not External)

For internal SSD, if deleted files are still sitting in Recycle Bin, you can recover them with ease. But if you do not find them in Recycle Bin, in most situations, you are unable to recover them, which is due to the introduction of Trim. Why?

When your operating system deletes a file from an internal SSD, it sends the TRIM command and the drive immediately clears sectors the deleted file occupies so that new data could be written to the released sectors very soon. Indeed, it speeds up the process of writing to the sectors in the future but at the same time makes it impossible to recover permanently deleted files since these files have been cleared from their original place.

But there is an exception. Trimming is only effective on operating systems which support it. View Operating System Support to see whether your OS supports Trim. In addition, older SSDs designed before the addition of the TRIM command to the ATA standard will ignore the Trim command until we update their firmware. If your operating system does not support Trim or you are using older SSDs without firmware updates, you might be able to recover deleted files from internal SSD. In this case, just recover your deleted files like recovering data from internal HDD.

Section 3. Recover Wrongly Deleted Files from External HDD and SSD

To recover data from an external hard disk (both HDD and SSD), just mount the external disk to a computer, check whether deleted files are kept in Recycle Bin. If they aren't there, try opening the hidden foler $Recycle.bin to look for desired files (take Win 7 for example): go to Folder and search options as the following 2 pictures show:

folder and search options

Then, you'll see the hidden folder in root directory of the drive:

recycle folder

Open the folder and you may find the deleted files on your external hard disk. If they are here, restore them.

However, if deleted files are neither in Recycle Bin nor in $Recycle.bin folder, you'll need to use data recovery software.

At this time, some of you may feel a little confused since I just now said we are unable to recover data from internal SSD. Please focus on the word Internal. TRIM is only supported for internal drives and not supported over USB or FireWire interfaces. That is to say, files deleted from external SSD sit around in memory and can be recovered. And now you would understand why we add the determiner "not external" in Section 2.

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Therefore, we can make use of data recovery software to retrieve wrongly deleted data from both external HDD and external SSD. For detailed recovery steps, please see How to Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files with MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

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Section 4. Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files from Removable Devices

Since Recycle Bin only stores files deleted from hard drives, not from removable media, we have to use data recovery software if we want to recover permanently deleted files from removable devices. And Detailed steps will be shown in How to Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files with MiniTool Power Data Recovery part.

Section 5. Restore Mistakenly Deleted Data from CD/DVD

By making use of multi-functional data recovery software, you are able to recover deleted data from CD and DVD, though this kind of devices are quite different from both hard disk and removable device. MiniTool Power Data Recovery is capable of doing this job, too.

How to Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files with MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Firstly, please download and install Power Data Recovery at first.

Then, launch the program to get its main interface:

minitool power data recovery main interface

In the main interface, please choose "Undelete Recovery" module. However, if you are going to restore data from CD and DVD, please choose "CD/DVD Recovery".

recover mistakenly deleted files select device

Next, select the partition where mistaken deletion was made and tap on "Scan" button. After a while, all deleted files the program found will be listed out:

recover mistakenly deleted files save files

Find and check data you want to recover, and then save them to another place other than its original location, which is to protect lost data from being overwritten.

However, if you do not find needed files, go back to the main interface of Power Data Recovery and choose "Damaged Partition Recovery" to continue. This is the most powerful module for existing partitions though it costs more time.

recover mistakenly deleted files with damaged partition recovery module

Then, select the partition where data loss appears and click "Full Scan".

At last, give checkmarks on files you want to recover, and then recover them to another location.

Kindly Reminder: if the selected files are more than 1GB, you'll need to purchase a license. Purchase here with enjoying discount.

How to Recover Mistakenly Deleted Files with MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Disk

First of all, purchase the program and use it to burn a bootable disc.

Warning: don't download and install the program to C drive, for this could overwrite data saved on desktop.

Then, start MiniTool Bootable Media Builder, copy and paste your license key to the registry box, and click Register to start burning bootable disc.

registry box of power data recovery bootable media builder

You can choose to either create a bootable CD/DVD or bootable flash drive, depending on your own situation.

create a bootable CD or flash drive

Then follow instructions to complete the remaining operations.

Once a bootable disc is created, start your computer from the bootable disc to get the window below:

minitool power data recovery boot disk

Then, do data recovery like using MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

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Now, most of you would know how to recover mistakenly deleted files. But if all our solutions fail to work, you might need to ask professional data recovery companies for help. Nevertheless, these institutions are always charging pretty high.

In addition, we should pay extra attention to reducing mistaken deletion as well as increasing data recovery chances, apart from looking for ways to restore data.

4 Useful Tips on Reducing Mistaken Deletion and Increasing Data Recovery Chances

Firstly, we'd better develop a habit of checking Recycle Bin before emptying it, which makes it possible to recover mistakenly deleted files from recycle bin. We also need to develop the habit of backing up important data. Windows built-in Restore and Backup and Create Restore Point can help you do this. Of course, MiniTool Partition Wizard's Copy Partition and Copy Disk function are able to do this, too.

Secondly, you'd better not delete files via the Shift + Delete key combination, for this makes deleted data not recycled.

Thirdly, configure Recycle Bin settings properly.
When we delete a large file or folder, we may receive the following or related prompt:

deleted files can be recycled 1

Once we click Yes, the deleted file or folder will not emerge in Recycle Bin. When realizing mistaken deletion, we have to use data recovery software for recovery.

Actually, the Recycle Bin in Windows has a setting to configure the amount of deleted files it can store. Right click the Recycle Bin icon on desktop:

configure recycle bin

And choose Properties to configure:

configure recycle bin 2

See the option Settings for selected location!
As long as we choose "Custom size" and reset a bigger value, our Recycle Bin will have more space to recycle deleted files.

In addition, if the option "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted" is selected, disable it so as to make deleted files saved to Recycle Bin.

Then, let's move to the other option Display delete confirmation dialog. Without checking it, you'll not receive any deletion confirmation message. So give a checkmark on it or keep it checked.

Fourthly, try your best to protect deleted files from been overwritten. Once realizing mistaken deletion, immediately stop any write-in operation to the device where data loss appears and then perform data recovery. If you mistakenly delete files on desktop, turn off your computer, take out hard disk, and do recovery on another computer.

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Now try one of our solutions to recover your mistakenly deleted files that can be recovered. Should you have any other problem about retrieving data, just feel free to leave us a message in Comment part or contact us via [email protected].