How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10

It is quite common to accidentally delete an important file and then end up in that face-palm moment. Files are always suggested to be deleted permanently once they’re removed from the Recycle Bin. And except for emptying the recycle bin, you can also permanently deleted a file in Windows with Shife + Delete key. Did you permanently delete your important files or folders on Windows 10 PC and have no way to get them back? If you did, Don’t worry! There is still a chance that you may be able to recover your deleted data if you follow the right steps and use proper tools.

What Happens When You Delete a File

Windows (and other operating systems) keep track of where files are on a hard drive through “pointers.” Each file and folder on your hard disk has a pointer that tells Windows where the file’s data begins and ends.

When you delete a file, Windows removes the pointer and marks the sectors containing the file’s data as available. From the file system’s point of view, the file is no longer present on your hard drive and the sectors containing its data are considered free space.

However, until Windows actually writes new data over the sectors containing the contents of the file, the file is still recoverable. A file recovery program can scan a hard drive for these deleted files and restore them. If the file has been partially overwritten, the file recovery program can only recover part of the data.

Note that this doesn’t apply to solid-state drives (SSDs) – see below for why.

Things to Know Before Recovering Data

Below are some things that you should keep in mind while recovering data:

#1. You can only recover data from a magnetic hard drive, SSDs completely delete the data and a recovery software will not work on them.

#2. Try not to add more data to your hard drive to ensure your important file doesn’t gets overwritten.

#3. Recovery software can also recover overwritten files, so there is still a chance you may be able to recover some parts of the file.

Here Are Some Easy steps for Windows Data Recovery

1. Recover Data From iCare

#1. Download and install iCare Data Recovery on Windows 10 PC.

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#2. Launch the software and choose a proper scan mode.

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#3. Select the disk drive where data got deleted and then let the software scan it.

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#4. Preview files after scanning and then save the lost files to another drive.

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2. Recover Data From Recuva.

#1. Download Recuva Portable version on another PC and move it to the external drive, like a USB flash drive

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#2. One the first page, you will have to select the file type

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#3. You will be prompted to choose the exact location from where you deleted the file. If you are not sure about the exact location, select “I’m not sure” and click on “Next”.

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#4. On the next page, you will see an option to “Enable Deep Scan” and start the scan.

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#5. It will take just few seconds for a quick scan to complete and you will see all the recovered files in Recuva interface. You should see a circle next to each recovered file indicating whether they could be recovered or not.

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Green Circle: It means the file is completely recoverable and no data is overwritten.

Orange Circle: It means some of the data is overwritten, but the file may still be recovered and may work fine as well.

Red Circle: It means most of the data has been overwritten and it is very unlikely that you will be able to recover the file or use it.

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If the quick scan doesn’t shows up your deleted file, repeat the process again and select “Enable Deep Scan” this time. It will take a lot of time, but will surely show up your delete file (even if it is unable to recover it).



If your data hasn’t been found, make sure you choose the right disk and data type to scan again.

Just in case, please store your data to a new partition. This is the safest way.

If the computer is dead, relax, just take out the hard drive and connect it to another available computer, you can still restore your data by this program.


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