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Summary: How to recover deleted folders in Windows 10? Actually, it is simple. First, you can check the recycle bin to see if you can restore deleted folder from it. If you have emptied the recycle bin or the folder is permanently deleted, you can try other methods showed in this article to help you quickly get deleted folders back. All files in the deleted folders will be 100% restored to your Windows 10 computer.

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“Hi, yesterday, I deleted three folders from my Windows 10 PC using Shift+Delete. When I realized I had made a big mistake, the three folders were lost forever. Is there any way to get the deleted folders back?”

Many Windows 10 users have the experience of losing important folders due to accidental deletion or format. If you also want to recover deleted folders in Windows 10, you can read this article, we will show you three easy methods to help you quickly and completely recover deleted folders in Windows 10.

#1 Recover deleted Windows 10 folder from Recycle Bin.

Normally, when you delete a folder on Windows 10 PC, the deleted folder will be moved to recycle bin till you emptied the folder from the recycle bin. So, after you delete your folder and want to get it back, you can open the recycle bin to check if the deleted folder is still there. If you can see the deleted folder, right-click and restore it to the original location. This is the fastest method to restore deleted folder in Windows 10.

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#2 Recover deleted folder via previous version.

Step 1. Find the folder that used to contain the deleted folder.

Step 2. Right-click the folder and select the Restore previous versions option (If the deleted folder was located at the top level of a drive, right-click the drive).

Step 3. Select the most recent Previous Version that contains the folder you want to restore.

Step 4. Click Open and then Open in File History to verify that the Previous Version contains the folder you want to restore.

Step 5. Go back and click Restore to undelete your folder.

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#3 Recover deleted folder using data recovery software.

If you still can’t recover the deleted folders on Windows 10 using the two methods above, you can try Windows 10 data recovery software. Actually, this is the most guaranteed method to recover permanently deleted folders on Windows 10. Do Your Data Recovery is a powerful data recovery program. It can help you easily and completely recover deleted folders on Windows 10, such as:

  • Recover deleted folders due to emptying recycle bin, Shift+Delete, etc.
  • Recover lost folders from formatted hard drive.
  • Recover replaced or overwritten folders on Windows 10.
  • Recover folders from lost hard drive partition.

Now, follow the steps below to recover deleted folder in Windows 10:

Step 1. Download and install Do Your Data Recovery on your Windows 10 computer. Then open it.

Step 2. Select the hard drive where you delete your folder to start data recovery.

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Step 3. Click on Scan button. Do Your Data Recovery offers two data recovery modes: quick recovery and advanced recovery. If you can’t find the deleted folder after quick scan, just try advanced recovery mode.

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Step 4. Once the scan is completed, you can easily find the deleted folder. Then select it and click on Recover button to save it to your computer.

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Actually, the advanced recovery mode will deeply scan your hard drive and find all types of files including folders, images, videos, documents, emails, etc. You can easily and completely recover lost data from SSD, HDD, memory card, digital camera, USB flash drive, external disk, RAID, Server, etc.

#4 Is it possible to permanently delete a folder in Windows 10?

Before you sell your Windows 10 PC, you need to permanently erase some important folders which contain sensitive files. As you’ve seen, the deleted folder still can be recovered by data recovery software even you have emptied it from recycle bin. Is it possible to permanently delete a Windows 10 folder so that it can’t be recovered by any data recovery method?

In order to permanently erase a folder in Windows 10, you need special data erasure tool -such as DoYourData Super Eraser. This software offers certified data erasure methods to help you securely and permanently erase data from any type of hard drive or storage device. You can download this software here:

Now, you can open this software, the first data erasure mode - Erase Files can help you permanently erase folders on Windows 10. Just add folders you want to erase to the erasure list and click on Erase Now button. Once the process gets finished, the erased folders will be lost forever, can’t be recovered by any data recovery method.

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Written & Updated by Justin Kenny

Justin Kenny is a writer & editor of DoYourData. He joined DoYourData in 2016 and focuses on writing articles about Windows data recovery, Mac data recovery, external device data recovery, hard drive clone, data erasure, Mac cleanup, computer issue fixes, etc. He is a super fan of Apple devices and is big on testing new digital device and system utility software.

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