How to Recover Deleted Files from Desktop?

Updated on January 20, 2020

It's happened to most of us..! While removing unwanted stuffs from our computer desktop, we delete some important files, and then realize later that we need them back. Common mistake that most of us do is, soon after deleting unwanted stuffs from our computer we empty the Recycle Bin folder in order to free the disk space for new files. In such situations, how to recover deleted files from desktop? Don't worry! Just continue reading this guide to learn how to recover deleted files from desktop on your PC or laptop..!

We usuualy save the files and folders that we access regularly on the desktop of our PC/laptops. And when the files are no longer needed, we usually go for removing those unwanted stuffs from our desktop. At times, the mistake happens, and we delete some needful files along with unwanted ones. If no backup of theose files are found, then we will be in big trouble.

How Do Files Get Deleted from Desktop?

Files from desktop hard drives are deleted either intentionally or unintentionally. When user deletes some files by pressing “Delete” key, it is automatically moved to Recycle Bin from where it can be restored back to its original location. And if files are deleted using “Shift + Delete” key combination, then the file bypasses the Recycle Bin and resulting in permanent deletion. Rather than this there are several other situations behind the deletion of files from desktop; some of them are listed below:

  • Files can be deleted when you use “cut – paste” method for moving files from desktop to other storage device
  • Files can also be deleted by anti-virus programs if they are infected with viruses
  • Deletion of files by third party applications without user knowledge
  • Emptying the Recycle Bin will make your files permanently deleted from desktop

What happens after deletion of file from desktop?

If your files get deleted by mistake or due to any of the above scenario, then no need to get upset. When you delete a file it will not erase the contents of file rather it will erase the file index entry in file table and make that space available for adding new files, hence making it possible to recover deleted files using recovery software.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Once you realize that the files are deleted accidentally, and you need them back, immediately stop using your computer in order to avoid overwriting of the files. This is because, if the deleted files memory space is overwritten with new files, it's highly difficult to get them back.

Yodot File Recovery - Software to Recover Deleted Files from Desktop:

Yodot File Recovery is well-known file restoration software, which can be used to get back your deleted files, photos and other files from your desktop hard drive. This tool will help you recover files and folders that are deleted by pressing “Shift + Delete” key and also recover files emptied from Recycle Bin. This software not only recovers deleted files from desktop hard drive, but also recovers files from external hard drives, memory cards, iPods, music players, pen drives etc on Windows OS.

Steps to Recover Deleted Files from Desktop:-

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software to your desktop
  • Run the software to begin the recovery process and follow the 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 from the main screen
  • It will scan the hard drive and shows all the partitions present in the desktop including the external hard drive
  • Select the logical drive from where deleted files are to be recovered
  • The software scans the selected logical drive and display all the deleted files in "Data View" and "File Type View"
  • Data View provides the hierarchical view of files and folders similar to windows explorer and File Type View helps to view deleted files on basis of file extension
  • You can preview the recovered files prior to file restoration
  • At last save the retrieved files to your desired destination location


  • Have a regular backup of your files, so that you can restore them when unexpected data loss takes place
  • Make use of updated antivirus program to delete virus and malware from your desktop
  • Cross check your important file before deleting them from desktop and before emptying Recycle Bin

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