How to Recover Deleted Files

Updated on November 11, 2019

It is the beginning of 2019, and we live in a digital world with our reliable devices. Yet, unpleasant digital events happen frequently and without warning. For instance, we tend to lose important files through accidental or intentional deletion from Dropbox, iCloud, Windows, Mac, iPhones, and different storage devices.

Even worse, we lose our vital data without the scope of restoring it from a backup or finding a suitable data recovery alternative instantly. Note that data loss is just like a monetary loss; we are in a 'panic mode' and need immediate help to recover our lost data. We hope this article will cut-down your stress and help recover deleted files through the free and useful methods.

S.NO. TABLE OF CONTENTS
1 Recover Files from Windows
2 Recover Files from Mac
3 Recover Files from iPhone
4 Recover Files from Dropbox
5 Recover Files from iCloud
6 Download File Recovery Software

1. How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows

When you have deleted files or folders temporarily and realized your mistake, then you can immediately press Control and Z keys simultaneously to undo the deletion process. Otherwise, you can open Recycle Bin anytime and Restore the deleted data from there.

This simple undelete process works only when the data is present in the Recycle Bin. If you have emptied the Recycle Bin or used Shift + Delete keyboard shortcut to delete data, then you cannot perform the undelete operation.

In such a permanent data loss case,

  • Use File History data backup solution to restore the deleted files back to the desired drive. This Windows backup solution is quite useful in backing and restoring data when needed.  
  • Use OneDrive to restore deleted files to PC. This solution is similar to Dropbox, iCloud, Google Drive, or other cloud storage service.
  • Use the clone of the PC storage drive to salvage deleted data. You need the clone of your PC's inbuilt storage drive and can use it to restore the deleted files.
  • Use the software, Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Windows to select the affected drive, scan, and recover files to a different drive location. This method is the sole savior in case you have no, outdated, or corrupt backup. The tool recovers files in any logical data loss situation including deletion, formatting, and corruption. The tool can also be used for cloning of the storage drive.

2. How to Recover Deleted Files from Mac

Just like Windows PC, Mac also has the option to recover the temporary deleted files. You can press Command and Z keys all together to undo the deletion task at once. Alternatively, open the Trash anytime and Put Back the deleted files from there.

The inbuilt recovery method functions only if the data is present in the Trash. If you have emptied the Trash or used the Option + Shift + Command + Delete key combination to delete files, then you cannot reverse the deletion process.

In such a permanent file deletion situation,

  • Use Time Machine backup solution to restore the deleted data to the Mac storage drive. This Mac backup utility is beneficial in backing and restoring data whenever necessary.
  • Use iCloud to restore deleted files to your Mac. This solution is similar to OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, or other cloud storage service.
  • Use the clone of the Mac storage drive to recover deleted data. This resolution requires that you have the clone of your Mac storage drive and can use it to restore the deleted files.
  • Use the application Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac to select the drive, scan, and recover deleted files to a distinct drive. This technique is the only rescuer if you have no, or outdated backup of your Mac. It is useful in any logical data loss case such as formatting, deletion, encryption, and corruption. 

3. How to Recover Files Deleted from iPhone

To recover deleted files from iPhone, you can use iTunes backup, iCloud, Dropbox, or an iPhone file recovery software. All these solutions have their own requirements and benefits.

Use the iTunes application to take the full backup of your iPhone to the computer periodically. At the time of accidental file deletion from your iPhone, use the iTunes backup to restore the deleted files to the iOS device.

If you use iCloud service on your iPhone, then use it to synchronize your vital data to the cloud server. Now, if you delete files from your iPhone, you can recover the deleted data from the Recently Deleted option in iCloud. These data remain for a period of 30 days in your iCloud account; however, after 30 days, iCloud removes the deleted data permanently.

If you use Dropbox as a cloud storage solution in your iPhone, then you can recover deleted files from Dropbox within 30 days just like iCloud. Implement the method presented in the Recover Files from Dropbox section above.

A data recovery software comes handy in the following condition: when the data is lost from the device or when the deleted files in the backup have crossed its 30 days recovery limit. Watch the video to recover data from iPhone.

4. How to Recover Deleted Files from Dropbox

If you are a user of Dropbox in Windows, macOS, Linux, or iOS, then you can easily recover deleted files that you have synchronized to this cloud storage service within 30 days. You can either use the Dropbox's web-based or application-based version to recover the deleted files.

For web-based version, go to www.dropbox.com and sign in with your Dropbox account credentials. From the left sidebar, select Files then Deleted files. From the list shown on the right panel, select the required deleted file and click Restore. To restore deleted folders, click the Trash icon alongside the search bar. Select the deleted folder and click Restore.

To recover data from application-based version, go to Dropbox on your device and choose "Show deleted files" tab. From the list of deleted files, select the required file, click the drop-down arrow, and click Undelete. You can also recover past versions of the files via Previous Versions.

If you have not used the Dropbox application before, then first off you need to sign up to Dropbox account from the www.dropbox.com then download and install the app on your device. Login to your Dropbox account from your device and add your important data to the Dropbox folder; the app automatically synchronizes the data to all your devices that uses the same Dropbox account.

5. How to Recover Deleted Files from iCloud

If you have an account in iCloud, you can benefit from Apple's cloud storage service. iCloud helps you to store data and sync with multiple devices just like Dropbox. You can use the iCloud to synchronize and restore data deleted from your MacBook, iMac, Mac Mini, iOS devices (such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), or a Windows PC.

For web-based version, go to www.icloud.com and sign in with your iCloud account credentials. Select Settings and click Restore Files under Advanced heading. On the Restore Files interface, check the desired deleted file and click Restore File.

Apart from the Restore Files option, you can Restore Contacts, Restore Calendars and Reminders, and Restore Bookmarks under Advanced heading. To restore deleted photos from iCloud, go to www.icloud.com, sign in, and click Photos icon. From the left sidebar, click Recently Deleted. Select the photos you wish to restore and click Recover.

6. Download File Recovery Software

Still, don't lose your hope, if you might not have been able to successfully recover all of your deleted files from an iPhone, Mac or Windows and external storage drives.

Try one the best file recovery software available for your iOS, Windows and macOS based systems for free.

Download Stellar Data Recovery Professional (Windows/Mac)

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Conclusion

In this article, we provided free and helpful methods to recover deleted files from Mac (MacBook, iMac, Mac mini), Windows PC, and mobile devices such as iPhone and the technique work even for other iOS devices like iPad and iPod Touch.

Use a free cloud backup service such as iCloud, OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox. Alternatively, implement a local backup service such as iTunes, Time Machine, or File History.

In case the backup service is not helpful, then use a data recovery tool for the platform you have lost your valuable data and regain those data easily implementing the tool.

 

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