When you permanently delete a file or folder from your computer by using the Shift + Delete key method, it is nearly impossible to bring the file back. Actually, Windows keep track of the files in the hardware through “pointers”. When you delete a file Windows removes the pointer and indicates the zone containing the file’s data as available.

The zone from which the pointer was removed is now considered a free space. Until and unless Windows writes new data over the zone containing the previous file, it is still recoverable. A file recovery program can do this in minutes.

But I will tell you how you can recover permanently deleted files in Windows 10 without using any file recovery software. The steps are pretty simple so it is not going to be a very tough job for you.

Create At Least One Partition Of C: Drive (Optional)

First of all, it is important that you create at least one partition of your C: drive so that you can keep your most important files there and recover them any time. It is not the case that you cannot recover permanently deleted files from the C: drive inside Windows 10. The thing is when you perform any change in the files residing in your computer memory and you have only one active drive like C it gets affected every time you alter changes in files. And, this number is huge.

When you will recover files from it, it will take a much longer time. That is why I said, you should create at least a partitioned drive like (D:) or (E:).

So let us jump to the steps.

Open Control Panel

The first thing you need to do is to open the control panel. Inside control panel go to All Control Panel Items and select Recovery.

Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Recovery

Or, you can directly search inside Windows 10 (Windows key + S) and type recovery. Under that, select Configure System Restore. You will find a small window indicating System Properties. Under System Properties, select the drive you want to recover files from.

I am selecting Windows (D:) here.

System Properties > System Protection > Select Drive > Configure

Select configure and enable ‘Turn on system protection’ under Restore Settings. You can also adjust the Disk Space Usage inside it. Using this, you can adjust the maximum disk space used for the system protection.

Actually, all the things that you will delete permanently from this drive will be saved inside the restore point that you have created. So, set at least 1 GB of Max Usage. Because, when this memory fills up, Windows will automatically delete older restore points to make room for the new ones.

Turn on System protection and adjust the Disk Space Usage under System Protection for the desired Drive.

After doing the above pieces of stuff click on Apply and select OK.

Create A Restore Point

Now, select “Create” under System Properties and give a name to your restore point according to your will.

Here I am giving “My restore point 1”. Creating a restore point will take some time depending on the size of Max Usage you have chosen under the Restore Settings.

Create a Restore Point > Name it > select create.
Restore Point successfully created dialogue box.

Done. You have now successfully created a restore point.

You can test whether your restore point is working or not. Open the drive in which the restore point was created.

Delete any file or folder permanently (Shift + Delete). Do not delete any important file as this is the testing phase. After successful deletion, open the drive’s properties and navigate to “Previous Versions”.

WIndows (D:) Properties > Previous Versions > Select Restore Point > Restore.

Under the Previous Version, you will find the restore points you have created so far along with the creation date and time. Select the restore point and click restore.

This process will take some time. After restoration, open the drive and navigate through the file. You will find your files back at the same location from where you had deleted them.

Make sure to create a restore point in advance before any accidental deletion of the files. So, I suggest you create at least one restore point for each drive you have on your computer system.

Summary

  1. Open Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Recovery OR Search (Windows + S) and type recovery.
  2. Select Configure System Restore.
  3. Under System Properties, select Drive from which you want to recover files.
  4. Select configure and enable ‘Turn on system protection’ under Restore Settings.
  5. Select “Create” under System Properties. Give a name to your restore point according to your will.
  6. Delete any file or folder permanently (Shift + Delete) from the drive.
  7. Open the drive’s properties and navigate to “Previous Versions”.
  8. Select the restore point and click restore.