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How to recover deleted files on Windows 10 using Recuva

Did you accidently delete files from the hard drive or external storage? Don't worry, you can recover the files quiet easily with Recuva on Windows 10.

Recover deleted files on Windows 10 using Recuva

On Windows 10, if you accidentally deleted one or multiple files, typically, they’re marked for deletion and moved to the Recycle Bin. However, if you deleted large size files or data from a USB flash drive, they’ll be deleted automatically without passing through the Recycle Bin, and you’ll have to restore them from backup.

If you don’t have a backup of your data, it’s still possible to recover the deleted files with third-party tools like the Recuva, which are able to scan and find data on a drive marked for deletion before they’re overwritten with new data.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to recover accidentally deleted files on Windows 10.

How to recover deleted files using Recuva

If one or multiple files were deleted by accident, the first thing you need to do is to stop using the drive immediately to prevent getting them overwritten, and then use the Recuva app to get the files back.

Installing Recuva

Use these steps to install Recuva on your Windows 10 device:

  1. Open the Recuva website.

  2. Click the CCleaner.com link to begin the download.

  3. Double-click the rcsetupxxx.exe installer.

  4. Select the No thanks, I don’t need CCleaner option.

  5. Click the Install button.

    Install Recuva on Windows 10
    Install Recuva on Windows 10

Once you complete the steps, the tool will install on your device, and you can proceed with the recovery process.

Recovering deleted files using Recuva

Use these steps to recover deleted files on external or internal storage using Recuva:

  1. Open Recuva.

  2. Click the Next button.

  3. Select the type of files you want to recover. (If you don’t know, select the All Files option.)

    File recovery type using Recuva
    File recovery type using Recuva
  4. Click the Next button.

  5. Select the drive that has the deleted files. Recuva can scan and find deleted files on virtually any drive, including hard drives, Solid-State Drives (SSD), USB flash drives, external hard drives, SD cards, and others. For the purpose of this guide, select the In a specific location, and select a USB flash drive location.

    Recuva drive type recovery
    Recuva drive type recovery
  6. Click the Next button.

  7. (Optional) Check the Deep Scan option if the first scan didn’t work.

  8. Click the Start button.

    Start Recuva recovery
    Start Recuva recovery
  9. Select the deleted files that you want to recover.

  10. Click the Recover button.

    Recover deleted files on Windows 10
    Recover deleted files on Windows 10
  11. Select a location to recover the files. (It’s recommended to use alternative drive to recover your data.)

    Select file recovery location using Recuva
    Select file recovery location using Recuva
  12. Click the OK button.

  13. Click the OK button again.

    Recuva recovery complete on Windows 10
    Recuva recovery complete on Windows 10

Once you complete the steps, you can recover more files, or you can close the application to complete the task.

While Recuva is an excellent application to recover deleted files, it’s not a sophisticated software, depending on the drive and data, you may need professional help to recover the data, which it won’t come cheap.