Accidentally Deleted a File on PC – How to Restore it?

Deleted a file unknowingly, and want to restore it back. Here are some useful methods which will help you to restore back the missing, deleted or lost files. Generally, deleting a file from the Recycle Bin or moving away a file to Recycle Bin does not “delete” it permanently. Follow this tutorial to find the possible measures to retrieve your lost or deleted files.


Deleting files doesn’t mean that it is completely removed from the computer. It actually stays right where it is, but its file name is removed from the location, but remains in the hard drive. The file still exists, but the computer is informed that the space that the deleted file used to occupy is no longer needed. When a computer needs the free space that was earlier occupied by the deleted file, then the new file has been overwritten on that space. If this does not take place, then the file in question may still be recovered at any time.

It is possible to restore back your deleted files any time by following some simple steps that are discussed below.

Restore a File From Recycle Bin

Retrieving a file from Recycle Bin is easier and can be done within few minutes. To restore the deleted files from the Recycle Bin, you need to follow the steps discussed below.

  1. Double click on Recycle Bin icon on the Desktop to open it
  2. Locate and then select whatever file(s) and/or folder(s) you need to restore
  3. Right-click on the selection and then choose Restore.


The files and folders will now be restored to their original locations on your computer.
These steps should apply to all Windows operating systems that use the Recycle Bin including Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and more.

Restore a File that is Deleted  from the Recycle Bin Using Software

When a file is deleted from your computer, you just lose the file entry in My Computer. The file content still exists on the hard disk; Windows simply marks the hard drive space as being available for use so that you can write new files. If you manage to start a recovery process before Windows uses that part of the hard drive to write a new file, all you have to do is set that flag back to “on” and you get the file.

Recovering deleted, or lost files after you have emptied the Recycle Bin, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, photo, database and more files can be accomplished by software that are readily available on the Internet.

One of the easy recovery software is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard which restores deleted files no longer in the Recycle Bin. It can recover the deleted or missing or lost MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, photo, Email, database, and all document formats and folders in Windows 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, Windows 7, which have been emptied from or by-passed the Windows Recycle Bin.

Alternatively, you can use another Data Recovery Software by ParetoLogic. The software is an award-winning software, which is also free to try and easy to use. Scan and preview the items you want to recover, risk-free. This program scours your hard drive for deleted files as well as photos from your Recycle bin (or anywhere else for that matter) and then brings them back to life.

Other data recovery software are Recover My Files, Recuva, Restoration, Undelete Plus, FreeUndelete
Photorec. These all software are available for free download.

Now onwards when you delete a file, no need to worry or panic, as the lost or missing or deleted files can be restored easily.


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