How to Recover Lost Downloaded Files?

“I downloaded few files yesterday and it prompted to save it or open it. I clicked on open it, made some changes and clicked on save. When I was looking for that file today, I couldn't find it. Here I am much confused whether or not I clicked save option after completing the edit process. The changes made to the file were important and I am very disappointed that I have lost the file. Is there any way to get back lost downloaded files easily? Kindly post your answers!!!”

However, when you select open in download prompt screen, the file will be stored in temp folder. The files will be lost, once the website is closed. Moreover, 'Open Containing Folder' option grays out since the file no longer exists. Luckily, there is a way to recover lost downloaded files – try to open it from list of recently opened files. Otherwise un-check the box of option 'hide protected operating system files' to view the lost files. Even then if you are unable to solve this issue, use recommended software to bring back lost downloaded files from Windows system.

Scenarios that lead to missing up of downloaded files:

  • When Windows HDD or electronic gadgets are contaminated by virus then infected files along with downloaded files may go missing without any notification
  • Occurrence of interruption while downloading files among various gadgets might tend to loss of files
  • Scanning the storage device were downloaded files are saved with unsafe antivirus tool, results in removal of files without user's notice
  • Other reasons like storage device corruption, OS crash, file system corruption and so on can lead to loss of any files

Utility to recover lost downloaded files:

Yodot File Recovery can bring back lost downloaded files on Windows operating system. This program is capable of restoring files of various types such as MS Office doc, PDF files, compressed files, basic media files (images, songs, videos). It has ability to rescue information from all drives formatted with FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ExFAT file systems. It can retrieve files and folders from portable devices, flash drives, memory cards and other drives. Along with deleted files, this tool is compatible to restore disappeared folder files on various versions of Windows operating system like Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Server 2003. It is not required to hassel about safety of the tool, because it is read-only and virus free to use. Moreover, if you are satisfied with the output obtained from demo version of this software then user can buy the product to activate 'Save Recovery Session' and save recovered files on Windows system.

Steps to regain lost downloaded files:

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery tool on Windows desktop or laptop
  • After installation, run it to start recovering lost downloaded files
  • Main window will display two options which are 'Deleted File Recovery' and 'Lost File Recovery'
  • Choose 'Lost File Recovery' option and proceed further
  • Mark on the drive from where you want to restore lost files and click on 'Next'
  • Wait till the scanning process gets over and then choose lost downloaded files which you want to retrieve
  • To make recovery process easy, it is suggested to use two view options that is 'Data View' and 'File Type View'
  • At last save recovered files in preferred location or on any external storage device, but not on same drive

Notable Points:

  • Regularly run a complete scan of Windows HDD with anti-virus software to prevent virus infection
  • Take backup of important files that you don’t want to lose

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