How to Retrieve Files and Folders?

People often create and save many of their important files and folders on their Windows desktop / laptop; Office documents, video clips, project files, music, pictures, ZIP, RAR files etc are saved in different folders. However many a times, such crucial files and folders gets deleted or goes missing due to user’s false operation and start blaming them for being so careless. So if you are one such unlucky user who lost your important folder or files. Don’t worry just go through this article and find out on how to retrieve them back.

All Windows users encounter the above mentioned situation at some point or the other. Files and folders from computer can get lost / deleted due to accidental deletion, virus infections, formatting, application malfunction or any other reason. But the good news is that you can bring back lost folders and files by following few useful methods. Go through the below mentioned techniques to retrieve your files and folders from hard drive:

Recover files and folder from backup

To restore a file or a folder from backup, make sure you have attached the backup drive and follow the below steps:-

Open “Start” menu ---> Control Panel ---> System and Maintenance ---> Backup and Restore and then click on “Restore my files” option and follow the on screen steps

If you fail to find your files and folder using this method, then follow the second method

Restore folder and files from previous versions

Windows operating system provides a feature called “Previous Version” which helps you recover your files and folders from a previous state.

  • Open “My Computer”
  • Right click on the logical drive / folder which used to contain the lost file or folder
  • Click on “Restore Previous version”
  • The next screen displays a list of available previous versions of files and folders
  • Choose the folder and files which you want to recover
  • At last, click “Restore” button

If you still weren’t able to retrieve your files and folders, then no need to worry. The next method will definitely help you in retrieving files and folder off your hard drive.

Retrieving files and folders using recovery program

Yodot File Recovery is one of the best files and folders recovery software for your Windows PC. The software retrieves all lost or deleted files and folders containing your music, photos, documents, office files, etc. from not only system hard disk but also from other storage drives such as memory cards, pen drives, portable hard disk, flash drives and many more. Furthermore the tool is available for free demo download through which one can evaluate the performance and capability of the software and if satisfied then you can for the licensed version.

File and folder recovery steps:-

  • Download Yodot File Recovery and install the software to your Windows desktop / laptop
  • Open the application and follow the on screen procedures
  • Click on "Deleted File Recovery" option to rescue your deleted files and folders or use "Lost File Recovery" option to retrieve your lost files and folder
  • The tool scans the computer and displays all logical and external drives connected to the system
  • Select the drive from where files and folders are to be retrieved
  • The software scans the selected drive and shows all the recoverable data in 2 views i.e. "Data Type" and "File Type" view
  • Toggle between the two view types and select files and folders that are to be recovered
  • Finally, browse for your desired destination location to save your rescued data


  • Immediately stop using your storage device after file or folder loss mishap
  • Perform regular backup of your important files and folders on multiple storage drives
  • Make use of read only option to protect your important documents