How to recover deleted files in Windows 10 or 11

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I am having trouble finding a particular file on my Windows PC and I suspect that I have deleted it. we were all there. But instead of lamenting and cursing, you can try to recover. Assuming you’ve already cleaned and emptied your Recycle Bin, it’s time to turn to a good recovery tool.

Microsoft offers its own command line recovery program, but it’s not user friendly. Instead, you can use free programs such as Recuva or Glarysoft File Recovery Free. Here’s how it works:

How to recover deleted files in Windows 10 or 11

Perhaps you have used the Recycle Bin to restore files. Simply put, Windows allocates a small portion of your hard disk space to a hidden system folder called the Recycle Bin. This saves deleted files instead of actually deleting them. Unless you permanently deleted the file or emptied the bin, you should be able to restore the file.

simply open trash can icon on your desktop. Like other folders, you can sort files by name, location, date, and other criteria. You can also search for files by name.Once you find the file you want to restore, right click on it[復元]Choose.

First, check the Recycle Bin for deleted files

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What happens if you permanently delete files in Windows 10 or 11?

If you permanently delete the file (press Shift+Del to delete) or empty the entire Recycle Bin, file recovery is more difficult, but possible. This mainly depends on how fast you ride to the rescue.
Deleting a file does not physically remove the data from disk. Rather, the space is marked as available by the operating system. This means that the clusters allocated for that file may be overwritten by new data. If you pounce quickly enough, your files may be completely intact and recoverable. However, the longer you wait, the more likely it is that most or all of a cluster of files will be overwritten, and the less likely it will be fully recovered.

Use Microsoft’s Windows File Recovery

Microsoft Free command line utility for Windows 10 and 11 Attempt to recover deleted files. Known as Windows File Recovery, this tool supports mechanical hard drives, SSDs, USB drives, and memory cards. It also provides both normal and advanced modes to revive files.

Download and install the program from microsoft storeLaunching the shortcut opens a command prompt with basic syntax examples. Microsoft has Support page Instructions on how to use Windows File Recovery are also included. Please read before trying.

From there you have to enter the command followed by the recovery destination, recovery mode and finally the name or location of the deleted file.

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Notes on Windows File Recovery

As a command line program, Windows File Recovery can be tricky to use and requires getting used to the proper syntax and switches (the GUI version is desperately needed). Even then, it’s not always possible to find or restore the files you need.

I’ve used it a few times and it’s clearly hit or miss. It might be a good first step to try, but I find a good 3rd party to be less frustrating.

Third party recovery utility

I have used several different 3rd party recovery tools with mostly success. Again, its effectiveness depends on how quickly you try to recover files after they’ve been deleted. However, assuming the file is still completely or largely intact, these tools can help revive it.

We offer a variety of programs, both free and paid. Here are two free utilities worth trying:


Available in both free and paid flavors, Lekva can retrieve files from internal and external hard drives, USB sticks and memory cards. The website offers a full installed version of Recuva, Elsewhere you can find a portable version Installing to a USB stick prevents new data from being written to the hard drive.

The program starts with a wizard that asks for the type of file you are trying to recover and its location. Recuva will then scan the selected location and return any recoverable deleted files.

You can bypass the wizard if you know the specific file name and path. Recuva offers a normal scan for quick and easy recovery and a deep scan for more difficult cases.

After scanning, Recuva will display the names of matching files and indicate the likelihood of successful recovery. You can also preview many types of files. select the file and recovery button to restore.

Once you find the file you want to restore, click on it and[復元]Select a button.

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Glarysoft File Recovery Free

Another recovery tool available in both free and paid versions is: Glarysoft File Recovery Free.

Glarysoft starts by asking you which drive or partition on your PC you want to scan. After that, the program will run a quick scan to find the deleted files. You can track specific files by type, location, and name during or after scanning.

Once the scan is complete, the tool will display a list of all lost files and their recovery status, allowing you to browse or search for the files you need. You can also preview images and other readable file types to make sure you’re getting the right file.

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The biggest drawback of the free version is that it can only recover 3 files and a maximum size of 2GB. Plus, the Pro edition is $50/year. But if you need to recover one or two or three files, the free flavor will do the trick.

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