How to Recover Deleted Files from C Drive?

Consider a situation wherein you have a computer which has only one drive i.e. “C”. One day while working on your computer, you noticed that your drive’s (C) memory is almost full. So to make space for new files, you decided to delete unwanted files. But while dealing with the unwanted ones, mistakenly you selected important files and deleted it using “Delete” option. Soon after deletion, you realized that you have deleted some essential files along with the unnecessary ones. You did not bother about the files because you were under the impression that the files are safe in Recycle Bin. You visited Recycle Bin to look for those files, but for your sadness, deleted files were missing from Recycle Bin too. In such case you may question, why files deleted from C drive got disappeared from Recycle Bin even after using only Delete option.

Well, deleted files don't go to Recycle Bin mainly due to two reasons. If the deleted files size is more than space left out in Recycle Bin, then files will not moved to Recycle Bin after deletion. The Recycle Bin folder would have been full so when you deleted files, that is why they are not redirected to the Recycle Bin. Second reason when users select Recycle Bin property “Don’t move files to Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted”. In this case, files won’t get stored in Recycle Bin when you erase them through Delete key. However, it’s not the end!!! You can recover deleted files from C drive with the help of empowered file recovery software.

What causes deletion of files from C drive?

  • While moving files from “C” drive to external hard drive, some users prefer using “Cut” and “paste” options. But if the system gets shut down during this process, then you will lose your data as the cut files will not be pasted completely
  • If any external drive that is infected with the viruses has been connected to your computer, then viruses might get transferred to “C” drive and delete few files from it
  • Few users have the habit of emptying Recycle Bin after deleting files from their “C” drive. If Recycle Bin has important files, then they will get lost from your computer
  • Accidental deletion of files from “C” drive using shift delete keys does not move to Recycle Bin

However, the users who have less technical knowledge about the computer always thinks that the files once deleted from “C” drive cannot be recovered back and it is lost forever. But as it is not true actually, because as long as deleted file space on hard drive is not overwritten with new data, chances of file recovery is always high. Therefore it is suggested to stop using your computer to add new files and install software such as Yodot File Recovery on your computer to get back deleted files from local drive or C drive.

Deleted file recovery from C drive

There are many ways in which the file gets deleted; one is when we normally delete it using the delete button on keyboard and the other way is in which the user uses these shift+delete keys making them disappear permanently. So when the file is deleted using the normal way its gets stored up in your Recycle Bin as this is pre programmed. Now the most common misconception is that using shift + delete will take care of the data permanently. This is not true! What happens when you delete a file is that, links that are associated with these files are removed making that space available for next digital information to be added. In general you can find your information in the same place in which they were stored. Data doesn’t go anywhere; it only gets overwritten as new information is being added after deleting other files.

File Recovery tool is outstanding file recovery tool which helps you to recover deleted files from “C” drive. It deeply scans your hard drive in effort to find the files that you have deleted or lost. You may think that this dedication to finding lost files would make this application more difficult to use. But that is not the case here as this software has easy to operate interface with simple steps to accomplish file recovery from C drive. All you have to do is to follow those steps to recover each and every file which you deleted from C drive. You can various types of documents, photos, videos and other files present in C as well as other drives on your system that is working on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Server 2003 and 2008 operating systems.

Steps to recover erased files from “C” drive:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery software and install it to your computer
  • Now run it and start the recovery by following the steps which you can see on the screen
  • On the main window, you can see two options i.e. “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Choose “Deleted File recovery” to recover the files that got deleted accidentally from “C” drive
  • As soon as you click on the option, the software displays “C” drive present in your computer
  • Select the drive and continue further by just clicking on “Next”
  • Now you can see the progress of scanning on the screen
  • After scanning process gets completed, you will find all the files present in the C drive
  • Select the files that needs to be recovered and again click on “Next” to continue
  • Preview the files before saving to confirm and finally save recovered files in a desired location

Additional Info: Learn how to recover deleted files from Windows server 2003.

Useful Suggestions

  • Use Delete key while deleting any files from C drive, because if you find it important you can restore it from Recycle Bin
  • Create a partitions on hard drive so that you can store system data and user data in a separate partition
  • Disable “Don’t move files to Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted” property of Recycle Bin to avoid bypassing of files after deletion

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