How to Recover My Deleted Files on Windows 11 and Windows 10?

4 Basic but Useful Methods About How to Recover Deleted Files/ Folders on Windows System Will Be Introduced in Detail

Our important files of the company, our cherished photos of the family or our personal account information may be deleted by our mistakes. All those might be deleted if others use your account to login to your Windows system.

Such situation happens frequently and how can we recover the deleted important files is the only things we want to do the most at this time. But you may ask:”Can I really recovery the deleted files?” The answer will be:”It depends. Some of the files could be restored but some can be not.”

Recover Deleted Files on Windows 11

The following situations of deleted files could be recovered:

  • Didn’t clear up the Recycle Bin
  • Files with backup
  • Deleted files in external devices without formatting

How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows 11 and Windows 10 Recycle Bin?

The files will move to the Recycle Bin if we delete it manually. Don’t worry. This is most common situation and we can get them back in a few steps.

Find Recycle Bin on your desktop, and click to open it. You will see all the files you have deleted. Then search the file name in the search box on the top right, if you still remember some keywords for your file name, to quickly find the file/folder you want to recover. By right clicking on the certain file and selecting Restore, your file will be recovered to the original folder where you have it deleted.

If you have forgotten the file name, you can also right click the blank area to choose a method to rank them by date, folder/file type, etc. It’s convenient to find and recover the specific files.

That works both on Windows 10 and Windows 11 build 22000.160. One thing you must to know: if your Recycle Bin has been cleaned by you or other system cleaning software, you can never get them back with the following steps.

How to Undelete files from Backup on Windows 11/10?

If you’re used to backing up important files online, it will be easy to undelete them once you have removed by mistake. Because you can directly get your files with the recent edited version from where you stored them.

Therefore, I would recommend to have the habits of backing up. The following tools you can use:

  • Google Drive
  • OneDrive
  • Dropbox
  • External Device
  • Other third-party tools: Paragon Backup & Recovery, FBackup, EaseUS Todo Backup

How to Recover Deleted Files in External Device on Windows 10 with Microsoft Official Tips?

Recovery files from external devices on Windows 11

As Microsoft has released the Windows File Recovery in 2020 Winter Release, your files will be recovered if you can not locate in the backup. Please note that only the Windows 10 build 19041 or later will be supported. You can check your Windows system information by imputing system information in the search box.

If your files/ folders were stored in local storage device such as USB, external and internal drives, rather than on cloud service can be restored by Windows File Recovery, which can not recovery files from Recycle Bin.

First, please download and install it on your Windows 10 system from Microsoft Store. During the install progress, Microsoft will ask you to agree to the app to make changes to your system, just select Yes.

Then you can enter this code in the Command Prompt Window: winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches].

Then there are two modes for your choice to recovery deleted files: Regular Mode and Extensive Mode. The regular mode is usually used recover non-corrupted NTFS drives and the later one is often used for a complete recovery of all file systems. You can choose one just according to your own options. But before you make any decision, please refer to Microsoft official explanation about the difference of the two modes.

As the final version of Windows 11 has not been released, Microsoft doesn’t claim whether this version works on Windows 11 build or not.

How to Recover the Formatted File from Windows 11/10?

The above methods can not recovery the files if you have formatted the disk where you stored files. Then we should come to the third-party software which are professional at recovering lost data. Here I’d like to show you two choices:

Tenorshare 4DDiG

Tenorshare 4DDiG for Recovering FIles

It can recover the loss files caused by deleting, formatting, system crashing and virus attacking

Supported operating system: Mac and Windows

Supported external devices: Hard Drive, USB, SD Card, Camera, SSD,etc.

Supported files types: Photo, Video, Audio, Office Document, Archives, Zipped Files and other 500 + types

EaseUS® Data Recovery Wizard®

EaseUs Data Recovery Wizard Free

It’s a user-friendly and easy-to-use software to recover formatted files in a fast and complete way.

Supported operating system: Mac, Windows, iOS, Android (iPhone data recovery and Android data recovery)

Supported external devices: Hard Drive, USB, SD Card, Camera, SSD,etc.

Supported files types: Documents, Audios, Videos, Graphics, Emails, Archives, Zipped Files and other 1000 + types


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