Restoring Accidentally Deleted Files from Windows 8

“Hi, I have mistakenly deleted set of vital files on my Windows 8 system using Shift+Del keys, while trying to erase unwanted files. I tried using all possible manual ways to get back deleted files but with no use. Can anyone help me to retrieve accidentally deleted files on Windows 8? All your suggestions are greatly appreciated.”

This could be a troublesome situation to any Windows computer user as use of Shift+Del will erase files without sending them to Recycle Bin; thus causing permanent deletion. Windows 8 was a great improvement in Windows series of operating systems for personal computers and laptops. It include many advanced features like improved data security, faster processor, improvised user interface, new Start screen, etc. Though Windows 8 came up with many enhanced characteristics, it did not evade data loss due to accidental deletion. Here are few scenarios that cause deletion of files on Windows 8:

  • Deleting files with the use of command prompt
  • Mistakenly emptying Recycle Bin on Windows 8 system without checking for files present in it
  • Erasing files from Windows 8 computer when Recycle Bin is enabled with “Don’t move files to Recycle Bin….” option in its properties
  • Deletion of large files that do not fit in Recycle Bin due to its huge file size
  • Mistakenly erasing necessary files from external storage devices connected to Windows 8 computer
  • Erasing user account from Windows 8 installed computer will eventually erase all files related to that user from hard drive

Usually erased files on Windows 8 and other Windows operated systems get accumulated in Recycle Bin folder so that necessary files can be effortlessly restored back at any given instance. But not in above mentioned cases, where deleted files bypass Recycle Bin folder and gets completely erased. In such instances, only hope to recover accidentally erased files from Windows 8 is by employing good file restoration software.

Accidentally deleted files recovery program for Windows 8:

Built with advanced algorithms,Yodot File Recovery is the best tool to recover accidentally deleted files in Windows 8 system. Its read-only retrieval algorithms assist in extracting files such as documents, text, PDFs, notepad files, Excel sheets, basic media files, compressed archives, and so on. This tool can restore accidentally deleted file from command prompt, from USB pen drive, external hard disk, SSD, memory stick, FireWire drive and other Windows compatible storage devices formatted with FAT32, NTFS, FAT16, NTFS5, ExFAT and ReFS file systems.

In addition, it can retrieve shift deleted folders on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 OS based laptops, PCs or Tablets.

Recovery steps to get back accidentally erased Windows 8 files:

  • Download File Recovery tool on your Windows 8 system from where files have been erased
  • Complete installation process and wait for main screen after running the program
  • Click on “Deleted File Recovery” option in main screen as you need to extract accidentally erased files
  • Next screen shows list of drives associated with Windows 8 system; choose the drive or logical partition from where erased files are to be recovered
  • When scanning takes place, you can view its status in Progress bar
  • Result of scanning process will be displayed in two view types – ‘Data View’ and ‘File Type View’
  • Toggle between the view types to have a quick look at recovered files
  • If required save recovery results using ‘Save recovery session’ avoid re-scanning in future
  • At last, store necessary restored files to destination location on Windows 8 hard drive or external storage media by clicking on Save button


  • Avoid using Shift- Delete keys to erase files on Windows 8
  • Have multiple copies of important files on Windows 8 in different locations to deceive accidental deletion

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