How to Recover Deleted Files Without Using Software

By Sabrina Ashley

There are numerous software programs available to help you to recover deleted files. Some of these programs are free to download, while others cost money. But in many cases, you can recover deleted files without using any software at all. Windows makes it possible for you to retrieve files once they have been deleted. Using the features Windows offers is the easiest way to restore deleted files.

Step 1

Click on the “Recycle Bin” icon on your desktop.

Step 2

Locate the file you want to restore. Right-click on it.

Step 3

Click on “Restore” from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Look for the file in its original location.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful about clearing files from the Recycle Bin. Files that have already been deleted from the Recycle Bin cannot be recovered this way, and you will have to pay for a recovery service to examine the disc, (this service is usually expensive).