How to Recover Data from This PC? [MiniTool Wiki]

This PC displays all detected drives and devices on your PC including external hard drives, removable USB drives, memory cards, etc.

You can recover files from logical partitions, corrupted/formatted partitions, lost partitions, raw partitions, and unallocated space. You can also select Desktop, Recycle Bin, or a specific folder to scan and recover data. If you can’t find the specific location, you can select the whole device like the whole disk to scan.

Logical Drives

Your important data may get lost due to mistaken deletion, disk format, virus attack, etc. In a situation like this, you can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery to get it back.

How to Recover Data from a Logical Drive?

Step 1: Open the software and select the drive you want to recover deleted data from under Logical Drives section. Then, click Scan to start the scanning process.

select the target drive to scan

Step 2: While scanning, this software will show the found files. But, you’d better wait until the whole scanning process ends.

scanning process

Step 3: After scanning, you can open each path to find the data you want to recover. Likewise, you can use Type, Show Lost Files, Find, and Filter to find the needed items more conveniently. If you don’t know whether it is the file you want to recover, you can preview it to verify.

preview a file

Step 4: You need to select the items you want to recover. Then, click Save and choose a suitable path to save them.

select a storage location

Devices

If you don’t know which partition contains the deleted/lost files, you can select the whole hard disk to scan.

How to Recover Data from the Whole Disk?

Step 1: Open MiniTool Power Data Recovery and click Devices tab.

Step 2: Select the target disk or device and click Scan.

select the entire disk to scan

Step 3: After the scan process finishes, find need files. You can preview some types of files to verify if they are wanted files.

Step 4: Check needed files and click Save button to specify a location to store the recovered files.

recover files from this PC

Desktop Recovery

If you mistakenly delete some important files on your computer desktop and empty Recycle Bin, you can try the Desktop Recovery feature to get these files back. It makes the software only scan your desktop to find your needed files. This can save a lot of time for you.

How to Retrieve Deleted Files from Desktop?

Step 1: Open MiniTool Power Data Recovery and you will directly access This PC. Since you only want to recover desktop files, you need to select Desktop and click Scan to start the scanning process.

select Desktop Recovery

Tip: You can click Scan Settings icon in the left menu bar to open Scan Settings window where you can select certain file types to scan.

Step 2: The software will begin to scan the desktop. While scanning, this software will list the found files. To guarantee the recovery effect, you’d better wait until the whole scanning process ends.

scanning process

Step 3: After scanning, this software will show the scan results that are sorted by path. You can open each path to find the needed files. You can also use the Type, Show Lost Files, Find, and Filter options to quickly find the files you want to recover. You can also use the Preview feature to preview some certain files that are not larger than 100MB.

preview an image

Step 4: Select the needed files and click Save. The Select a directory to save files window will pop up. Then, you need to select a location to save the selected files. The destination folder should not be the original location of the files. Otherwise, the deleted files may be overwritten and become unrecoverable.

select a storage location

Recycle Bin Recovery

After emptying Recycle Bin on Windows, you will be unable to restore deleted files from it. Then, how to recover files deleted from Recycle Bin? The Recycle Bin Recovery feature of MiniTool Power Data Recovery is helpful.

How to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin?

Step 1: Open MiniTool Power Data Recovery. Stay at This PC and then select Recycle Bin. Next, click Scan to start scanning.

select Recycle Bin Recovery

Step 2: The software will begin to scan Recycle Bin and show the found files. To guarantee the recovery effect, you’d better wait until the whole scanning process ends.

scanning process

Step 3: When the scanning process ends, this software will show you the scan results by path. You can open each path to find the files you want to recover. On the other hand, you can make full use of the Type, Show Lost Files, Find, and Filter features to quickly find the needed data. This software also allows you to preview certain types of files that are no larger than 100MB.

preview a file

Step 4: Check the files you want to recover and click Save. Then, you need to select a location to save these files.

Note: The scan result of Recycle Bin will be not saved automatically or manually. Your are suggested to recover all the files you need in one time.

select a storage location

Select Folder

If the deleted files you want to recover were previously saved on a specific folder, you can use the Select Folder feature of this software to only scan that folder and find your needed files.

How to Restore Deleted Files from a Specific Folder?

Step 1: Open MiniTool Power Data Recovery and double-click Select Folder under Recover from Specific Location, or you can move your mouse to Select Folder and click Browse icon.

Tip: Each time only one folder can be selected for data recovery.

click Select Folder

Step 2: Select the folder you want to scan in the pop-up window and click Select Folder.

Select Folder

Step 3: This software will instantly scan the folder and list the found files. Wait until the whole scanning process ends.

scanning process

Step 4: The scan results are sorted by path. You need to open each path to find the needed files. Besides, you can use the Type, Show Lost Files, Find, and Filter features to quickly find the desired data. You can also preview certain types of files for confirmation.

preview a file

Step 5: After selecting the needed files, you need to click Save and then choose a suitable location to save these files.

select a storage location

Lost Partition

The partition on PC may get lost due to system update, hard drive failure, OS corruption, or some other reasons. You will miss all data on the partition as well. This MiniTool data recovery software can help you get the lost files back.

How to Recover Data from a Lost Partition?

Step 1: Open the software and you can find the lost partition under Logical Drives. Then, select that lost partition and click Scan to start scanning.

select the lost partition

Step 4: You can select the data you want to restore and then click Save to select a location to store these files.

choose a storage location

Unallocated Space

A logical drive can become unallocated due to various reasons like mistaken deletion, virus attack, hardware failure, file system error, etc. Before making the unallocated space back to normal, you’d better rescue its data to keep them safe.

How to Recover Data from an Unallocated Space?

Step 1: Open this software and you can find the unallocated space in the Logical Drives section. Then, select the unallocated space you want to recover data from and click Scan to continue.

select the target unallocated space to scan

Step 4: Select the items you want to restore and click Save to choose a proper folder to save them.

select a storage location

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