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Recover Accidentally Deleted Files in Windows

The above screenshot notes that I’ve moved a folder that should not be deleted to the recycling bin. The folder is a test/demo folder that will be used for this tutorial, titled Don’t Delete This! The folder also contains an image file, the HelpDeskGeek logo.
Now, I’ll proceed to delete the folder permanently, using the Empty the Recycle Bin option. The folder, along with contents, is now erased from Windows.
Recycle Bin Empty
At this point, our objective is to recover the contents of the deleted Do Not Delete This! folder. So, let’s get started. Jump to the Download.com Pandora Recovery freeware page and proceed to download the program to your computer.
Once downloaded, proceed to install the program as you would any other app.
Pandora Recovery Install 1
Pandora Recovery Install 2
Like many other freeware programs that you download, the installer is bundled with 3rd party apps and partnered apps. Thus, you will likely want to uncheck the Ask.com options that are bundled with the installer.
Pandora Recovery Ask Com
Upon successful installation, launch the Pandora Recovery program by navigating the path Start > All Programs > Pandora Recovery > Launch Pandora Recovery.
Once the Pandora Recovery Program is open and active on screen, select the computer’s hard drive, which will usually be labeled as Local Disk (C:). From here, the app will present you with the paths and directories to recently deleted and recoverable files.
Pandora Recovery Browse
Browse through these directories and locate the files that you want to recover. If you’re unable to locate the specific file, don’t give up yet…select the Surface Scan option which will perform a more comprehensive scan of the hard drive.
Pandora Recovery Surface Scan
Once the Surface Scan completes, you will be presented with a  list of files that the program was able to find. However, note that these files do not have the preserved original file name, but rather, are renamed according to their file type.
Pandora Recovery Surface Scan Results
From here, there’s a bit of manual work involved because as mentioned above, the deleted files have all been renamed. Scroll through the list of recoverable files and locate the file that you want to restore. Also note the preview window, which can help you find the file.
Here, I’ve located the HelpDeskGeek image file that we deleted at the beginning of this tutorial. It has been renamed as Internet Graphics (292676).png
HelpDeskGeek logo recovered
Finally, right-click the item that you want to recover and select the Recover to… option from the context menu.
From here, you will be prompted to select a destination to move the recovered file to. Click the Browse button to select a destination and click the Recover Now option to recover the file.
Recover HDG Logo
The program will present you with a confirmation and you will have recovered the accidentally deleted files, which are now located at the destination selected in the above step.
Recovery Confirmation

That’s basically all there is to it. Now, if you’ve recently deleted a file and need to recover it, you can use this freeware and hopefully not have to pay for a data recovery service. Thank you for stopping by the site for today’s post. Enjoy!

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