It’s recommended that you have a clear mindset when performing computer file operations. Deletion of files one of them, and it requires extra keenness, especially when working with computer shortcuts. And who hates shortcuts, especially when it’s repetitive?
This write-up shares notes to give you the confidence to handle critical situations whenever you happen to delete a file in Windows 10 by error.
- 1. Using Command prompt to Recover Deleted Files
- 2. Recovery of Files Permanently Deleted From Old Backups
- With this option, you rely on the Backup and Restore component to recover files from the backups you created in the past.
- 3. Restoring of Permanently Deleted Files Using File History Backup
- 4. Use the Feature for Restoring the Previous Versions
1. Using Command prompt to Recover Deleted Files
CMD commands provide a robust interface, right onto the memory of your PC. In case you delete a file and wish to recover it, follow the following step, one after the other:
- Click on the Start menu to open it.
- Next Type in the letters “cmd” and right-click on the very first option(This is to start Command Prompt). Make sure you have selected the option to run CMD with administrative privileges.
- When CMD is running, Type in the command “chkdsk X: /f” and press your Enter key on the keyboard. (Note the “X” in the command should be the letter corresponding to the one on the hard drive.
- The next step is to type in the command “ATTRIB -H -R -S /S /D X:*.*” and press Enter. ( Remember that “X” reads like the letter of the hard drive you are working on.
Experts recommend that you allow the computer to carry on with recovery until it’s done. Your patience is critical, as any interruption along the process may lead to overwritten files. That could mean you end up losing the exact file you are struggling to recover.
2. Recovery of Files Permanently Deleted From Old Backups
With this option, you rely on the Backup and Restore component to recover files from the backups you created in the past.
Here are the steps to the process:
- From your start menu, type “backup” and press the Enter key on the keyboard.
- You will see the option “ Backup and Restore” and select it.
- Next, click on the option “Select another backup to restore files from.” Be sure of the name of your backup and select it. (Tip: the backup shows the time duration under which it was created under the column-Backup Period)
- Follow the prompt instructions from there. And in the end, you’ll recover the files from your selected back up.
3. Restoring of Permanently Deleted Files Using File History Backup
File History allows you to restore files from the recycle bins and also ones that you may have deleted permanently.
Process of Recovery of Deleted Files
- Go to the Start menu and type in “restore files” and proceed to press the Enter key on your keyboard.
- Next, navigate to the file location or folder where your deleted file is stored.
- Click on the “Restore” option to undo the delete instruction. ( Files are transferred to the source folders, where they were before deletion took place)
Pro-Tip: Under some instances, you may not see the folders within the File History. Most probable, the File History may have been turned off. So, if such is the case, turn it on.
4. Use the Feature for Restoring the Previous Versions
Windows 10 OS has a useful feature that helps with data recovery. It’s the “Restore previous versions,” which allows the roll-back of the files and folders to a former state. Note: you must have it activated for it to be helpful.
Here’s the activation process:
- Open the Start menu and key in the phrase “system protection” and follow them with pressing of the Enter key.
- Choose the hard drive from the options list pop-up by “Protection Settings” and select the “Configure” option.
- Next, Select the choice on “Turn on system protection” and say “OK.”
- With the feature active, you are covered with the ability to recover files or folders in case you delete any by error. Simple, you will need to right-click on the file or folder and check on the “Previous Versions” option to select it for restoration.
The above methods cover you for files deleted in all ways(commands by icons or shortcuts). As a Windows 10 user, you have the options to operate like a pro and save situations with file deletions