Tutorial: How to Recover Deleted Files from Windows Server 2012 (R2)

Is it possible to get back deleted files from Windows Server 2012/2012 R2? Of course YES. This post primarily introduces 3 options on how to recover deleted files from Windows Server 2012/2012 R2.


By Ellie / Updated on April 2, 2024

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How can I recover deleted files from Windows Server 2012 (R2)?

“A user of mine recently learned that a folder from our Windows Server 2012 R2 had disappeared. It had to have been deleted at least a week earlier because my backups don't go that far back. Anyone with knowledge of any free tools that could fix it?”

-Question from Spiceworks

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How to recover deleted files from Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 [3 options]

Lucky you. This section will give 3 options on how to recover deleted files from Windows Server 2012/2012 R2. Let's take a look at them.

Option 1. Recover deleted files from Recycle Bin without software

Normally, you can retrieve lost files from the Recycle Bin if you removed them by mistake.

Step 1. Double-click Recycle Bin to launch it on your Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 desktop.

Step 2. Locate the files you have just deleted. Right-click these files, then click Restore. Your files will then return to their original location after being removed.

Recycle Bin Windows Server

Option 2. Restore deleted files from Windows Server backup

If you have had a backup of the files that are lost suddenly using the Windows built-in tool, things would be much easier. Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Open the drive which contains your lost files and then locate the folder which stores them. Right-click on the folder and choose Properties.

File History Windows Server

Step 2. Go to the Previous Versions tab. Then, you should choose a previous version and click the Restore button to get lost files back.

But if you fail to find any previous versions here, you can't recover files with this method.

Pervious Version Windows Server

Option 3. Retrieve permanently deleted files without backup

If you have emptied the Recycle Bin and don't have a backup of the files, you may easily recover your permanently destroyed files with the aid of MyRecover.

Let's take a look at its benefits.

Compatable. It is compatible with all Windows operating systems, including Windows Server 2012 (R2).
Simple. It takes only a few easy steps to recover permanently lost or deleted files from a Windows computer.
Efficient. With a high success rate, it recovers deleted folders rapidly.
Overall. It is capable of recovering data in a variety of Windows data loss situations, including recovering data from formatted drives, damaged partitions, system failures, virus assaults, and more.

Follow the steps to learn how to recover permanently deleted files in Windows Server 2012 (R2).

Step 1. Download, install and launch MyRecover on your computer.

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Step 2. Hover the mouse over the drive where the deleted files were saved before. Click Scan.

Select Partition to Scan

Step 3. Then the scanning process will start automatically. You don’t need to wait for the process to complete if you find the files you want to recover. Here choose Deleted Files. You can conduct a direct file search by entering the file name into the search box in the top right corner.

Scan Lost Data

Step 4. Choose the files that you want to recover. Click Recover xx files and choose a destination path to save the restored files.

Recover Lost Data

Closing words

Congratulations! After attempting the above three options on how to recover deleted files from Windows Server 2012/2012 R2, you have successfully recovered the files you require. Actually, if the deleted files are not in the Recycle Bin, we strongly advise you to use MyRecover. You can easily recover your data with it.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.