How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows For Free

recover deleted files in windows

We all have experienced that movement in our life when we accidentally delete some important file from PC and then regret it. If not! Then it will happen to you someday. We all keep our important files in our PC along with tons of other data.

It often happens that we try to delete some other file and in turn, we accidently delete another file. Deleting file is easy, just hit the delete button and it’s gone. What happens after that is that we regret our own decision. Well, there is no need to worry!

There are lots of ways by which you can recover your precious files intact. Here we will we talking about how to recover deleted files in windows without any cost. No matter if it’s a picture, a video, a PDF or document or any other type of file. You can recover it using this tutorial.

Here I have broken down this tutorial into several methods for you to understand better. There are lots of free Softwares available in the market that you can use for this purpose. Here we have chosen the best and given the instructions on how to use it.

How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows Without Software?

When you accidentally delete some files in Windows, Windows does not permanently delete it. Instead, Windows moves it to a new folder called Recycle Bin. You can found most of your deleted files in Recycle Bin.

But there is a downside of this. Windows only move the file to Recycle Bin when you delete it using only “Delete” button or option. When you delete the file using “Shift + Delete”, that means you are giving instruction to Windows for permanently delete the file. In this case, Windows will not move the deleted file to recycle bin. Instead, it will be permanently deleted. So, in order to recover it, you will be needing the help of third party Software. You can learn about that further in the tutorial.

There is also a restriction on the size of files which can be moved to Recycle Bin after deletion. If you deleted the 13GB setup file of FIFA 15 using delete button and expect it to recover using Recycle Bin, then you can’t.

Windows permanently delete the file which exceeds the limitation of Recycle Bin. So, it won’t matter if you didn’t delete the file permanently. In this case, you will be needing the help of third party software.

How to Recover Deleted Files Using Third Party Softwares

Sometimes you delete the files permanently by accident or sometimes you just simply delete it assuming Windows will move it to Recycle Bin. But don’t worry your file is still not permanently deleted. Your file still remains on the disk drive intact.

Didn’t get it? Let me explain when Windows permanently delete any file from your PC, it didn’t entirely get erased from the disk drive. Windows only remove that file from its indexing, that means all the things which help Windows finding that file on the drive gets removed (for ex. Pointers). Also on the disk drive, the cells which are occupied by the file gets labeled as deleted.

But still, the file remains present on the drive intact. The only way it will get erased is when its cells get overwritten by another file. So, if you have deleted your important file, the chances of its recovery is higher if you do it as soon as possible. The chances get decreased as time passes because there is a lot of chances for that file to overwritten by another one.

Here s a list of Softwares which can help you to recover deleted files in Windows.

Recover Deleted Files Using Recuva

This is the best software to recover deleted files in Windows. It is free, small in size and easy to use. Here is how recover deleted files using Recuva.


  • Now, choose the type of file you want to recover using Recuva and hit Next.

Using recuva to recover deleted files in windows

  • If you know the location of the file you deleted you can specify it to Recuva. I would recommend it doing because it will decrease the scan and recovery time a lot.


  • Now, the scan will start. Once it’s done click on Switch to advance mode. Now you can see the files which are deleted from your PC. The files which are recoverable will marked by a green dot and which are not will be marked by red. You can choose the specific file you wish to recover and click on Recover.

recover deleted files using recuva

Here you can also try recovering the files which are marked by a red circle, but there is very less chance that it will function properly or recover fully as it is already been overwritten by another file.

There is also lots of another Softwares which you can try. UndeletePlus is also a good software to recover deleted files in Windows. You can buy it for a couple of bucks. It is fast, reliable, easy to use and money worth paying software. If you don’t want to pay any money, here is a list of free data recovery Softwares that can be very helpful to recover deleted files in windows.

By using this above Softwares you can recover your important data for free. If you still have any questions you can comment them down below. We would be happy to help.

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