How to Recover Lost, Deleted, and Formatted Data- 100% Free

Accidental deletion is quite common than you might think. It has been observed that human errors are the second most common cause of data loss after hardware & software failures and more common than malicious infection.

Usually, when you delete the files or folders, the Windows moves them to the Recycle Bin. From there you can restore the deleted file or folder later when you realize that some important file is also gone missing while removing the junk files. This is quite common and happens when you clean your messy desktops or folders.

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However, in case you have the urge to remove files from your PC using ‘Shift+Delete’ key combination, the deleted files & folders skip the Recycle Bin folder and Windows remove the pointer (address) to the files permanently. Therefore, file or folder removed with ‘Shift+Delete’ gets permanently deleted or, to be more precise, inaccessible. The same happens when you empty Recycle Bin.

Now if you are like us, you must be keeping a scheduled backup of all your crucial data. Data loss situation can occur at any time and any moment; basically, it is inevitable. Thus, you need to be prepared before it happens to you. With backup, you can restore your lost file with just a few clicks and save yourself from the risk of permanent data loss and expenses that occurs for data recovery.

However, the harsh truth is that most of you who are here never created a backup or had no idea about how important backups are until now that you have lost your crucial data. Anyways, not having backup does not mean the end of the world. You can still have one chance to restore the accidentally deleted or formatted data with the help of a reliable and free file recovery software. One such tool is ‘EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free’ that lets you restore deleted or lost files and folders from your hard drive, SD cards, USB flash storage and SSDs.

The software is powerful enough to recover files from formatted, corrupt, and inaccessible storage media with just a few clicks. It supports recovery from FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, ext2/ext3, HFS+, ReFS file system and is compatible with all Windows versions (Windows 10 to XP including Windows Server 2016-2003).

Recovering Lost, Deleted, and Formatted Files using Free Tool

So, if you happen to have lost your crucial data from your system or external storage media, follow these steps to get your data back to where it belongs:

  1. Download, install and launch this free data recovery software from EaseUS
  2. Connect the drive from where data needs to be recovered and run the software
  3. Choose the location of folder or drive/volume from where data was lost or got accidentally deleted/formattedChoose Location
  4. Click the ‘Scan’ button and wait for the scan process to complete
  5. After the scan, the results are displayed in the left pane. Click on the Graphics, Audio, or any other file tab to list only particular file types in the listScan Results
  6. Double click on any file to preview them. The preview option helps in precise recoverypreview recovered files
  7. Click the checkbox of the files that you need to recover and then click the ‘Recover’ buttonChoose Files to recover
  8. Finally, choose the location where you want to save the recovered data. You can choose any location but don’t select the same location to avoid overwriting and permanent data lossChoose Save Location
  9. Wait for the software to save your recovered data. It may take a few seconds to a couple of hours depending on the amount of recovered data you want to save
  10. After saving data, check if data is usable. If you previewed each file before saving, then skip this step. Additionally, you can also restore data from missing and deleted hard drive partitions.Recover Lost Deleted PartitionRecovered files are saved at desired location
  11. Now you can move recovered data to its original location

Recovering deleted, lost and formatted data isn’t a big deal when you implement a reliable file recovery software. The free data recovery software we used lets you recover data up to 2GB. If you need to recover beyond that, you can upgrade to professional version or use other free data recovery software such as Recuva.

I hope this guide has helped you recover deleted files and folders. If it did, please subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant updates.

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by EaseUS. We have explained the lost and deleted data recovery process using their free data recovery software from EaseUS.

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