How to Restore Files in Windows 10
A lot of people really enjoy frequently emptying the Windows Recycle Bin. To see gigabytes of precious storage space freed up is truly satisfying. Some people won’t even bother temporarily put unwanted files into Recycle Bin in the first place, they tend to use Shift + Delete to permanently delete files right away. The downside is that, when you realized you’ve deleted the wrong file, you won’t be able to restore it from the Recycle Bin. But don’t worry if this really happens to you. Here are two useful ways to recover permanently deleted files.
Restore Previous Versions
This method requires that you have enabled Windows File History feature. File History is one of the backup programs Windows 10 offers. It saves different versions of files onto your selected hard drive. It makes your backups easy to view and restore, giving you the chance to go through different versions of your files and folders, comparing them with your current versions. You can use it to restore your files if you ever lose them, or roll back a file to a preferred older version.
If you wish to restore a particular version of your current file, you can access older versions of a file by right-clicking on it in File Explorer, and then select Properties. In the new window that opens, select the Previous Versions for quick access to archival versions of your file.
You can also access these archived personal files by selecting Update & security > Backup > More options > Restore files from a current backup. This interface shows different versions of files that are available. Click the arrow to navigate through time periods. Browse and select any of these files and click to preview the contents. Hit the green button to restore the file of your chosen version back to your computer.
The File History feature is only available if you have enabled Windows File History feature. And this feature is limited, as it only backs up files located in user account’s libraries like Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders. Rather than applications and programs, it only backs up the files you personally created.
Recover Permanently Deleted Files with H Data Recovery
If you failed to get back your folder with File History, you can try to recover permanently deleted files with H Data Recovery Software. Unlike the first solution, it has almost no limitations. You can recover files from emptied recycle bin, re-formatted hard drives, corrupted camera SD cards, deleted partitions… Here’s how to recover permanently deleted files with just a few steps:
Step 1. Launch H Data Recovery Software and click on the first module.
Step 2. Choose the drive where the files are used to be. Click Next to start the scan.
Step 3. The scan process could last a few seconds to complete, depending on your system. When the scan is completed, you will be able to see all the previously deleted files listed. Choose the files you want to restore and click on next.
Step 4. Select a directory to put the files that are about to be restored. Click Next to start the final recovering process. There, you should have all the files back!