How to Undelete Files from My Recent Documents?

“Hi there, I erased few necessary files from Recent Documents folder mistakenly, while trying to erase unwanted files. It happened because, the files had similar file names and I wrongly selected important file instead of unwanted one and deleted it. Can anyone please suggest me on how to recover deleted files from My Recent Documents folder? Thanks in advance.”

Windows computer offers many features among which Recent Documents folder is one. This option in My computer navigation pane is a shortcut for recently visited files and folders on your computer. One can easily browse for all the recently opened files just in single click. On time basis you can also erase the list if you do not want others to know about recently opened documents on the system. But, while trying to access any files from this window, users undergo blunders like accidentally deleting files and folders. However, deleted files on Windows system can be recovered from Recycle Bin that holds all the erased files and folders, but problem arises when deleted files are not in Recycle Bin.

Below given are few scenarios wherein deleted files from Recent Documents folder bypass Recycle Bin and get completely removed from system hard drive:

  • Unintentionally pressing Shift + Del keys while going through the list of recent files
  • Deletion of files from My Recent Documents by unauthorized persons
  • Emptying Recycle Bin folder without checking its contents
  • File deletion when there is not sufficient free space in Recycle Bin to hold that erased file
  • Automatically removing files after deletion without saving to Recycle Bin by enabling “Don’t move files to Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted” option in Recycle Bin properties

Tool to extract deleted My Recent Document files:

To perform safe and secure way of retrieving files deleted from Recent Document folder is to opt Yodot File Recovery program. This software is highly equipped with effective scanning algorithms that rigorously inspect entire drive for erased files. This tool includes read-only recovery process that promises safe recovery of lost, missing and erased files and folders without causing any damage to the data. You can employ this tool on all major Windows OS based computers like Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and 2008 to perform risk-free file recovery from storage devices like system hard disk, removable hard drive, USB flash drive, Fire wire drive, etc.

Working procedure of software:

  • Download the software on your Windows system on which files were erased
  • Install and run the utility by following provided instructions
  • In the main screen you will see these two options, “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Click on Deleted File Recovery option to proceed next
  • Next screen provides list of all partitions on the disk drive
  • Select the partition from which files were deleted
  • Then, select the file types that you wish to recover or by default all file types will be selected
  • By clicking next, the tool starts to scan the selected drive / partition
  • After completion of scan process, all restored files will be displayed under Data view / File Type options
  • Switch between these 2 options to select required files
  • Then specify a new destination location on other partition of the drive and save these recovered files

Important Note:

  • Do not erase files from recent Documents folder unintentionally
  • Always uncheck the Recycle Bin properties option to avoid automatic removal of deleted files on system
  • Without going through the Recycle Bin folder do not empty it

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