Recover deleted files, including USB drives on Windows 10

Lost files on the disk drive? There are ways to recover them

Ever wondered what happens to a file which is deleted from the Windows hard drive? It's a common user perception that files moved and emptied from the Recycle Bin are deleted permanently. They aren't and you can recover them.

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There are a lot of users who believe that files once deleted from recycle can never be recovered. Some Windows users prefers disk formatting to be used as a secure method to permanently remove files from external media. This is far from the reality.

On file deletion, Windows marks the file as unimportant and leaves it behind at its drive location. This unimportant piece of data remains in its location until until Windows overwrites it with a new piece of data.

File deletion in Windows 10

Windows 10 allows you to backup the internal hard drive that contains the operating system. You need to set up the File History feature of Windows 10 on an external hard drive. Once done, the OS will create updated backups of the files that are present on the Windows disk.

If accidentally or intentionally a file gets deleted from the hard drive, you can navigate to the File History backup and restore the deleted files back to disk.

How deleted files are restored on Windows 10

  1. Open the Control Panel and then open File History
  2. Click Restore personal files
  3. Browse the folder to find your files
  4. Now click to get a preview of files and use the Previous and Next buttons to preview the most updated version of the file
  5. Once the updated file is found you can save it to another location

What about files deleted from USB or an external hard drive?

You can bank upon the File History feature of Windows 10 to recover lost and deleted files from the hard drive. However, in the case of file deletion from USB media, File History will not be able to help you recover the files.

Moreover, what if the files are deleted from the external hard drive which itself is set up for File History?

USB devices are readily used for file transfer between different computers or used to backup Windows hard drive. It is most unlikely that you will create a backup of USB media which is already backing up your computer. Hence, files deleted from USB cannot be stored without using data recovery tools.

Don't panic

You may freak out for a while after losing important files from the USB drive, but try not to panic since it may further worsen the situation. After file deletion, immediately stop writing any new data to the USB device. This will prevent OS to replace the deleted file from its location.

Use the web to find data recovery software that can recover deleted files of various formats. Make sure the data recovery software is compatible with the Windows 10 system.

 Disk Drill is free software for Windows that can recover deleted or lost files on the disk drive

Nowadays you don't even need to pay much money for registering the software in order to save recovered files. Freeware like Disk Drill data recovery software for Windows 10 (Windows 8, Vista and XP) offer to salvage gigabytes of deleted data from the Windows 10 hard drive.

So why not make the best use of readily available freeware? Remember deleted and lost data can be brought back to the system without spending a penny.

Guest Post by: Aaron Shackleton

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