How to Find Deleted Files after Disk Cleanup?

“Recently, I ran Disk Cleanup program to delete some unwanted and old files on my computer hard drive. However, unfortunately certain important files got deleted along with it. And now, I want to restore them. Is there a way to restore those erased files after disk cleanup? Any help would be appreciated.”

About Disk Cleanup utility:

Disk Cleanup is the inbuilt utility in Windows system; it is first launched with Microsoft Windows 98 OS. The tool mainly intended to clean or delete specified set of files that have no longer usage in PC. Disk Cleanup program can clear temporary internet files, old compressed files, Recycle Bin files, installed apps that are not using, downloaded programs, Windows temporary files and other on Windows system

The Disk Cleanup program will allow you to scan the specified partition or drive on hard disk and provide option to choose type of file that you want to delete. By running Disk Cleanup tool, your computer performance might slightly get speed up. However, users might complain about Disk Cleanup utility when they notice essential file deletion as mentioned in above scenario. In some unfortunate situations, you might have essential files in Recycle Bin that are deleted unknowingly on system. In case without checking Recycle Bin folder, if you run Disk Cleanup utility then valuable files accumulated in it can get erase and make you experience unintentionally removal of files of high importance.

In reality when you delete a file from hard drive the OS won’t delete the data, rather it erases file entries from the index table and mark that space as free, so that you can add new data to that location. The removed files by Disk Cleanup utility completely get erased only when it is overwritten with some new data. Therefore, it is advised to use advanced file recovery application like Yodot File Recovery as soon as possible to recover files deleted by Disk Cleanup tool on Windows system.

Software to rescue deleted files by Disk Cleanup tool:

Yodot File Recovery is well-known data recovery software, which has the capability to retrieve all your crucial files erased by Disk Cleanup tool on Windows computer. This file recovery tool will help you to retrieve files deleted by pressing “Shift + Delete” keys and also recover files emptied from Recycle Bin. It has user friendly interface and can be used by everyone to retrieve their crucial files. This software supports retrieval of files such as generic picture files, text documents, Microsoft Office documents and other files. This software not only recovers deleted files from desktop hard drive, but also restores files from external hard drives, pen drives, SSD drives, etc. on Windows system running with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 operating systems.

Note: Yodot has introduced Pro version of this utility with special features such as capability of recovering dynamic disk partition, bad SSD drive recovery, RAID partition recovery, failed hard disk data recovery and many more.

Steps to recover deleted files by Disk Cleanup program:

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software to your system
  • Run the software to start file recovery process and follow recovery procedure
  • The software displays two options in the main screen. i.e., ”Delete File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Select “Delete File Recovery” option to recover deleted files by Disk Cleanup tool
  • It will scan the system and shows all partitions present in the hard drive
  • Select the logical drive from where files are erased by Disk Cleanup utility
  • The software scans selected logical drive and display all deleted files in Data View and File Type View
  • At last save the retrieved files to your desired destination location on system


  • Have a regular backup of your crucial files, so that you can restore them when essential files gets deleted by disk cleanup
  • Cross check the Recycle Bin before clearing its data with Disk Cleanup utility

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