Restore Permanently Deleted Files on PC, USB Drive

Technologies,Tricknology 23 Nov , 2014  


On Windows, if you delete a file from hard drive partition, it is still possible to recover the file from Recycle Bin. If you accidently deleted photos, videos or important document files from your computer, USB drive, SD card or anything else or even if you delete the file permanently from the Recycle Bin, you can still recover it because the file is never really deleted and Windows just mark the space the file occupies as available for new data storage.


The bad news is that you can’t restore deleted files from external USB drives, Flash drives, etc. Even, if you are quite smart and prefers to use Shift+Delete instead of Delete to trash a file, which permanently removes the file from PC then also you can’t restore it from Recycle Bin.

But good news is that, This task which is quite complex but Recuva, a free file recovery program by Piriform makes it to restore those files very easily.

Steps to restore files using Recuva

Step #1: Download Recuva and install it on your Computer

Step #2:  Run the Recuva app and proceed to the steps provided at Recuva wizard by clicking “Next” button.

Step #3: Now select what you want to restore.  If you’re not sure about file name, just select ‘All Files’ option, click on Next button.

Step #4: Specify the location from where you’ve deleted your file,  if you’re not sure, you can either click on browse and choose the hard-disk partition, USB Drives, etc.

Step #5: The wizard now asks you to either tick Enable Deep Scan check-box or proceed to quick scan by simply clicking on Start button. I recommend you to first don’t select the check-box, usually quick scan can find your files. Save the option for the next time, if scan fails.

After scan completes, it will show you all deleted photos/files,  Select the file, either right-click on it and choose recover option or press Recover button available at bottom-right corner. You can even select and restore more than one files at a time.

Some of the Recuva wild features are –

  • Undelete files on your computer
    Deleted a file by mistake? Recuva brings lost files on your computer, USB drive, camera or iPod.
  • Recovery from damaged or formatted disks
    Even if you’ve formatted a drive so that it looks blank, Recuva can still find your files on it.
  • Recover deleted emails
    Emptied your email trash and need it back? Recuva got you covered with full support for Microsoft Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird, or Windows Live Mail.
  • Recover deleted iPod music
    Deleted music from your iPod or MP3 player? No problem, Recuva will get this back for you along with any additional track data.
  • Restore unsaved Word documents
    Did Microsoft Word crash or did you forget to save that important Word document. No problem with Recuva! As it can intelligently rebuild Word documents from their temporary files.
  • Quick-Start Wizard
    If you need your files back right away without fiddling with options, Recuva’s Quick-Start Wizard is the answer.del
  • Deep Scan
    Recuva can find most files within a minute. Or, set the Deep Scan to look for more deeply-buried results.
  • Securely delete files you want to erase forever
    Want to protect your deleted files? Recuva also allows you to permanently erase any traces of deleted files.
  • Portable version
    Take Recuva with you wherever you go with the portable version.
  • Full Windows OS support and many languages
    Recuva has support for every modern version of Windows and 37+ languages.

    Enjoy, Don’t forget to comment, Did you found it useful?

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