Recover Data using Restore Previous Versions

Consider a situation wherein you have deleted some files either accidentally or intentionally from your Windows OS and then emptied the Recycle Bin. The next day or later in the week you might realize the importance of the deleted files and wish to get them back. Hence, you might first check the Recycle Bin and search for your files only to realize that the files are no longer there.

Initially, it would appear that all is lost but, that’s not the end! Newer versions of Windows OS include a documented feature that may help by recovering all your important files that were either deleted or lost. The feature that helps you to achieve this is “Restore Previous Versions” option, which is a part of “System Restore” functionality.

To be more specific it is the volume shadow copy service of Windows that helps you out. By default Windows shadow copy service saves a copy of all your files either once a day or when installing an update or new program as set in resotre points. This is all managed by the Windows Task Scheduler. By making some changes to the ‘System Restore’ schedule you can create more frequent backups of documents. Thus by using Restore Previous Versions option you can restore back the lost files manually, for which you need to follow the steps as explained below:

Manual method for recovering the lost or deleted files:

Here are 3 music files in the “songs” folder

Music folder
Figure 1: Songs folder

Now, 2 of the music files will be deleted from that folder

After Deletion
Figure 2: After Deletion

In the mean while the deleted files will also be removed from the Recycle bin

Remove files from Recycle Bin
Figure 3: Remove items from Recycle bin

Follow the below steps to restore the deleted music items using the “Restore Previous Versions”

NOTE: To use Restore previous Folder option one must know the exact location of the folder and the hard drive partition from where you deleted the files.

Step 1: Now to recover the deleted files, first you need to locate the folder from where the files were deleted.

Step 2: Once you find the folder just right-click on the folder you will find many options, among them choose “Restore Previous Versions” option

Choose Restore previous versions option
Figure 4: Select Restore previous versions option

Step 3:Windows will now display all the available versions of that folder that were created earlier using system restore feature at the various restore points

Available versions of the folder to be restored
Figure 5: Available versions of the folder to be restored

Step 4: Then, just check the dates of all the versions of the folders and select the one that is recent or as required and click on “Open” option to view the contents

Choose the folder version to restore
Figure 6: Select the folder version to restore

Step 5: Once done, you can either choose copy or restore the folder, when you use restore option, the folder will be restored to the original location, you will be asked for confirmation, just hit on “Restore”.

Using Restore option
Figure 7: Using Restore option

Else if you use copy, you can browse and copy the folder to any location of your choice

Using Copy option
Figure 8: Using Copy Option

Step 6: Thus, your deleted or lost files will be successfully restored, now got to the folder and check out to find all the deleted files back

After restoring the files
Figure 9: After restoring the files

Now, all your files are back. But, isn’t it the lengthy procedure? Moreover, you need to know the exact location of the files including the source folder and the hard drive partition on which the deleted files are located. Also, in case you have deleted files from the various folders, then the entire process has to be repeated for all the folders to get back all the files. Thus, it becomes a tedious and a time consuming process.

One other important drawback of this manual way is that this “Restore Previous Versions” option is available only for newer versions of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8 and in some copies of Windows Vista. In the earlier versions this option is not available. Even if the option exists, you can only use it for the drive in which Windows is installed and not for the other drives on the system. Moreover, in case the users have not backed up the data or have not set the restore points, in such cases this option will not be visible.

Hence, in order to overcome these drawbacks you can use the best Remo MORE utility that helps you in recovering files in just few mouse clicks and is compatible on all versions of Windows OS. the tool does all the work for you and restores back your deleted files quickly.

Just 3-simple steps to restore files using Remo MORE

Step 1: Install Remo MORE and from the home screen select “Recover” option figure 1

Step 2: In the consecutive screen, select “Recover Files” option figure 2

Step 3: Then, go ahead and hit on the “Quick Recovery” option and choose the drive from where you need to recover files figure 3

Remo MORE will now scans the drive and lists all the recovered files, after which you can save them at any location of your choice. Thus, in just 3 simple steps you could get all your files back with Remo MORE.

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