Retrieve Deleted My Documents Folder from Windows 7

“I have few user accounts on my Windows 7 computer. The data on the hard drive is getting piled up and therefore I am not left out with much of free space on it. Then I started deleting all unwanted files and folders from computer to make space for saving new data. While deleting data, I deleted ‘My Documents’ folder thinking that I do not have any important files in it. After deletion, I realized that I had few important files in it of which I do not have any other copy. What can I do now to get them back?”

This may be the case with anyone of you. Be patient and do not think much about deleted My Documents folder. You can restore it by using recovery software. Like any other computers, data from Windows 7 can also get lost in various scenarios. My Documents, is named as just Documents in Windows 7 systems which comes under ‘Library’ of computer. Files like spreadsheets, documents, text files, presentations, etc. can be saved in it. Other files like pictures and music will be stored out of Documents in other folders namely Music, Pictures and Videos in ‘Library’. If you delete “Documents”, then you cannot restore data in it. Let us know about the possibilities for deletion of My Documents folder in Windows 7:

  • Accidental deletion of ‘My Documents’ folder results in deletion of all files and folders from it
  • Formatting drive of computer results in deletion of data from ‘My Documents’ folder. All files from the folder will be cleared after format
  • Deleting ‘My Documents’ folder using Shift-Delete key combination removes folders permanently from the computer

You may lose files from ‘My Documents’ folder in any of the above scenarios or due to any loss situation like hard drive corruption, updating OS, reformatting file system on hard disk of computer and so on. Whatever may be the cause for deletion of ‘My Documents’ folder or loss of files from it, you can retrieve them using Yodot File Recovery software.

About Windows 7 file recovery software:

You can get back deleted files from ‘My Documents’ folder using Yodot File Recovery software. The tool helps you to restore deleted or lost e documents, pictures, videos, audios and lot more from Windows 7 system. This program retrieves other folders under Library of Windows 7 like Music, Pictures and Videos. You can even restore files on various storage drives on Windows 7 PC like external hard drives, pen drives, memory cards, etc. Other than Windows 7, this software can be used to retrieve deleted files and folders from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 operating systems.

Procedure to recover deleted My Documents folder in Windows 7:

  • Download Yodot File Recovery on Windows 7 and install it
  • Launch the software and from main screen, select “Deleted File Recovery”
  • Select drive of computer from where Documents folder is deleted and click on “Next”
  • Choose file types that you are searching for which were present in Documents folder
  • Then click on “Next” to start scanning selected drive and get the result in few minutes
  • View recovered files in “Data View” and “File Type View”
  • Save them onto any drive other than the drive that has been scanned as there are chances of files getting overwritten


  • Backup data from different drives and folders on computer before formatting
  • Perform anti-virus scan on drives of computer to remove viruses and hence keep files safe

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