How to recover damaged or deleted files on Windows

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Have you deleted a file by mistake and don't know how to do it? Before you despair you can try recover a damaged or deleted file through restore the previous version with the help of Windows.

Finding yourself with a file that has disappeared or that suddenly no longer behaves normally is unfortunately a problem that can happen with any computer. Sometimes it is also difficult to understand the causes and therefore you find yourself with a document that does not open or that has been damaged in some other way. In these cases it may be useful to recover the offending file restoring a previous version.

recover damaged or deleted files, Windows secures files through backups and restore points, which are automatically created by the operating system. If the damaged file was part of one of these saves, and there is a good chance it is, recovery is simple and only takes a few moments.


The risk that you can run and find yourself with an older version of the file, but it will always be better than having lost it completely.

But let's see how to recover a damaged or deleted file with Windows.

To access the previous version of a file, but also of a folder, just do right click on its icon and from the menu choose the command Restore versions previous. The window that appears lists all the previous versions available for that item starting with the most recent.

You can scroll to find the one that best suits your needs.

If the file was deleted by mistake, try restore the entire folder that contained it. Sometimes it will be very recent copies and Windows he will tell you that they are from a long time ago.

Once you've found the file that's right for you, click Restore. Windows will ask you if you want to overwrite the file, if the broken original is still in place.

Another solution to recover a deleted file in Windows, or an entire folder, is to resort to Disk Drill, it is one of the most powerful software for the recovery of lost files. The program recovers deleted or lost files not only from the PC hard drive, but also from external memory drives, USB sticks, and so on.

Despite being very simple to use, Disk Drill comes with tools that make it powerful and versatile enough to recover files even from broken partitions. Available in free version and in Pro version, for a fee, after downloading it from the site Disk Drill Windows, to start the search for files, you will need to select the volume to index at the first start. Disk Drill after the indication of the volume, it will index the contents and based on the size of the disk, it may take a long time.

Once indexing is complete, you will be able to search for the file you have lost. If you don't remember the name, you can use the categories on the left, which allow you to search through videos, images, documents and more.

If, on the other hand, you remember the name of the file to search for, you can indicate it in the search box. A good method is to search by extension. For example if the file or files were images, you can try to indicate .jpg or .png.

Haven't solved yet? If none of the above advice was effective, you can resort to Recuva. It is a free software in Spanish that allows you through simple steps to recover deleted files not only from your PC but also from external devices such as USB sticks, SD cards, external HD.

To download it connected to the official website of Recuva and click on the button Download and then on the voice starts the installation package by choosing Spanish as the language and pressing Next to continue and subsequently complete the process.

Open Recuva and select the type of file you want to recover Documents, Music, Images, Video, Compressed, Email o All files, and click NEXT.

Put the check mark where you want to search for the deleted file and click on NEXT. Awards starts and start the search for deleted files.

At the end of the search, in the list that will appear you will see files with icon green, with icon Orange and with icon red. Those with a green icon can be 100% recovered, those with an orange icon may be damaged and those with a red icon are unrecoverable.

Put the check mark next to the name of the file you want to recover and click on the button Recover. Select the folder where you want to save the file and press OK per confermare l'operazione.

If the search has not paid off you can choose, by putting a tick, to carry out the Deep Scan of the device.

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