How to Retrieve Deleted Files from My Desktop?

Desktop computers are computers that are designed to stay in a particular location (not portable). Since desktop doesn’t have internal battery for power supply they are always connected to wall outlet. These systems were widely used before laptops and tablets were introduced. Similar to any electronic device, even desktop computer has storage drive called as hard disk drive.

HDD simply known as Hard Disk Drives are secondary storage devices often used to store data on desktop computers. The storage capacity of desktop hard drive ranges from few gigabytes (GB) to terabytes (TB), using which you can store a lot of documents, music, videos, photos and many other important files. Hard drives are divided into different types based on its interface, some of the commonly used hard drive interfaces are Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA), Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA), Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) and Solid State Drives (SSD). Even though hard drives have so much advanced functionalities, there are some cases where your files and other information get deleted from desktop hard drives.

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 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 file deletion?

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.

Desktop deleted files recovery software:

Yodot File Recovery iis well-known recovery 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 for using Yodot File Recovery tool:-

  • 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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