My Essay Got Deleted

Look in the Recycle Bin

Just double-click on the recycle bin or trashcan and you can see everything that's inside. Did you find what you thought you had deleted? Simply drag it back onto your Desktop, and you are good to go.

If it's not in your trashcan, then there are a number of other things you can try to recover a deleted file.

Hopefully you have been doing backups. If so, you can recover an earlier version of your file through the recovery service in backup. It might be a day old, but it’s better to lose a day than lose everything.

How to Recover Deleted Files Using File History

If you are not doing backups, hopefully you have turned on File History Backup if you're running Windows* 8, because it will automatically do version backups on your files. That can be a great solution, and it’s a service that is well worth enabling before you have to deal with lost or overwritten files.

To work with File History, first go to “Settings” on your Windows* 8 system, then “Control Panels.” Look for “Save backup copies of your files with File History” under “System and Security.” To recover a file from File History, select “Restore personal files” on the left side of the window.

This shows all the folders that are being tracked with File History. To check a specific folder like “Desktop,” double-click to see what it has archived.

To restore the most recently backed up version of the file, tap to select it, then tap on the round green restore button at the bottom of the window. A moment or two passes and the file returns, safe and sound back on your Desktop.

No Backups?

If you don’t have any backups and your file is not in the trash, you might want to try one of the many file recovery programs out there, either a free one or a commercial app like Easy Undelete*, Undelete 360*, or Pandora Recovery*.

Another option is Disk Drill*, a recovery tool originally designed for Mac* and now available for Windows*. It offers help with partition loss, hard drive reformatting, failed boot-ups, accidental deletions, and more.

Another possibility to consider: have you emailed the file to anyone? Have you saved a copy on a cloud-based service like DropBox*, iCloud*, or SkyDrive*? If so, you might be able to grab a copy from there. Again, even if you lose the most recent changes, it is better than nothing.

However you approach it, there are lots of options to explore after you realize you have accidentally deleted a photo, document, spreadsheet, report, or other file. And get those backups going too, so next time you need to find a deleted file, you have more options.

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  1. Like a CLUMSY ,CARELESS idiot i have accidently deleted my 4000word essay from my USB memory stick.The latest back up i have is only 1000words on my college account ,the version that got deleted took me aaaaaages to do,put it in my own words ,research etc .Its for my EPQ and so it had all my of my bibliography and references and everything else in it.

    I have checked in recycle bin, searched on the search option on my window7 laptop and also for the past 6hours i have tried downloading numerous recovery software-but they take ages and all charge way to much money which i cannot afford atm.Does anyone know any software which is free and 100%works?please?

    Somebody please, PLEASE help me i don't know what else to do
    any advice on what to do would be appreciated,thanks!!!

  2. I take it that it's a bit late for ctrl+z?

    Also, in future save your work after every session on dropbox as well as hard drive/USB stick. It's very hard to loose it when it's stored online.
    You can get 2GB of free cloud storage.

    Last edited by Manitude; 20-03-2013 at 20:34.
  3. i thinks you can go to your college IT technicians, and they will be able to recover it.

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