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How to Recover Deleted Files on Windows – Free Tools

If you’ve lost certain data from your hard disk and wondering how to recover it… then stop panicking, because there are solutions. If you deleted some data with Shift + Del, lost data due to computer crash or malware, or emptied your recycle bin but need it again, then the following tools would be of great help.

However, only if certain conditions are met. Since when you delete a file only the information that points to that location is deleted and not the content, so the most important one being that the location where it was is not overwritten by another file or there will be partial recovery or no recovery at all. First of all, let’s look at some traditional ways.

Windows Backup

If you’re using Windows Backup then you can restore your files or folders from an earlier versions as Windows save previous versions of files and folders as part of restore point. You’ll need your backup media if it’s on an external storage device or if it’s on another partition within Windows. For Windows 7, you can follow these steps.

Drawback with restoring entire system to a previous restore point is that all your files are restored. Yes, if you had updated some files, you can lose those updates unless you’ve them saved on other media.

Software Tools

There are multitudes of software tools available, free and premium, if you do not have a backup. Let’s have a look at few of them.

EaseUS Data Recovery

EaseUS Data Recovery software is a powerful tool that you can use to recover any type of files — audios, videos, emails, images etc — with a very simple and easy-to-use interface. Additionally, you can view preview of certain file formats like images.

As a freeware, EaseUS Data Recovery software can recover data up to 2 GB. Pro version starts at $70 and will recover as much data as you want. This software can recover data from deleted partitions, reinstalled Windows, web browser caches also. EaseUs Data Recovery software is available for Windows and Mac.

iCare Data Recovery

iCare Data Recovery is a freeware that you can use to recover files from formatted disks and unreadable media on Windows. 600 unique file formats including various graphics files, archive files, documents, multimedia files and database files can be restored. It supports 6 file systems EXFAT, NTFS5, NTFS, FAT32, FAT16 and FAT12. Pro version starts from $70.

Pandora Recovery

Pandora Recovery is a free software that allows you to search and recover any type of file on NTFS and FAT-formatted systems. Like EaseUS Data Recovery software, Pandora Recovery also allows you to preview certain file formats. Download Pandora Recovery.


Recuva, developed by Piriform, the company behind popular CCleaner, is available in a free and a pro version. Recuva can recover files from damaged disks, MP3 players and new formatted hard disks. Professional version includes support for virtual hard disk, premium support and automatic updates. Get Recuva.

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