By Lena / Last update November 16, 2020

The need to restore folder in Windows 10

To free up the storage space of computer, people like to delete unnecessary files or folders from time to time. You may like to use the “Shift + Delete” to directly remove the folder. Or you may keep to the habit of regular emptying recycle bin. However, now you just find that you have deleted one folder that contains some important documents accidentally.

Then is it possible to retrieve deleted folder on your Windows 10 computer? Well, the answer is Yes. Actually, the deleted files are not really gone from your computer. They are just marked as available space and wait to be overwritten by new data. So you’d better stop using your computer at once. The folders are most often recoverable as long as they have not been overwritten. Keep reading to learn the methods to restore deleted folder in Windows 10.

How to restore folder in Windows 10?

Method 1. Restore deleted folder in Windows 10 without software

First, you can try to restore folders with the built-in utility - Previous Versions. It’s one very useful feature that is available in Windows 10/8/7. It can help you restore files to a previous version. Deleted files can also be restored.

Step 1. Navigate to the location (folder or drive) where the folder was stored before being deleted.

Step 2. Right-click the drive or the folder, and then select Properties.

Step 3. Click the Previous Versions tab and then you will see all the available versions.

Step 4. Check and select the right version you want to restore. Click Restore to get the folder back.

Click Restore

Note: You may not see the Previous Versions option if you have not turned it on. You can first setup Previous Versions in Windows 10 and then have a try. Or if you have no luck of Previous Versions, you can try data recovery tool to help you. Just keep reading to learn more.

Method 2. Restore deleted folder in Windows 10 via data recovery software

If the Previous Versions utility can’t help you or you have no correct backup, then data recovery software is the way to go. Recoverit Pro, a professional PC data recovery tool can help you retrieve all kinds of deleted files without effort, including documents, pictures, audio files, etc. The following are the steps to restore deleted folder in Windows 10 with this tool.

Step 1. Download, install and launch Recoverit > Select Deleted Files Recovery mode.

Select Recovery Mode

Step 2. Select the location where you lost the files and click Start.

Select A Disk

Step 3. When the scanning process is done, you will see a list of your deleted files. Choose the files you want to get back and click Recover. (Try All-Around Recovery mode if you cannot find your lost data.)

Recover Deleted Files

Get an easy way to backup your files in Windows 10

Although it’s possible to restore deleted folders without backup, the whole process is time-consuming. In addition, besides accidental file deletion, there are many other factors that can lead to data loss such as system crash, hard drive failure, virus affection, etc. We may never know when the disaster will happen, but a backup can help you get out of the trouble as soon as possible.

If you prefer an easy and flexible way to backup your computer, then AOMEI Backupper Standard - one free computer backup tool is your best choice.

  • It enables you to do system/disk/partition/files backup & recovery.

  • It allows you to set custom schedule backup, and then it will automatically perform the backup daily/weekly/monthly.

How about give it a try? Just download AOMEI Backupper Standard on your Windows 10 PC and follow the steps below to make a backup in minutes. Here we take File Backup as an example.

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Step 1. Open AOMEI Backupper > Click Backup and then choose File Backup.

File Backup

Step 2. Name the task > Click Add File or Add Folder > Click Browse to choose the files/folders you want to backup > Click OK to continue.

Add Folders Files

Step 3. Choose the location to save the backup image > Click Schedule to set the schedule task > Finally, click Start Backup to confirm.

Start Backup Scheduled


1. You can click Backup Options to set the compression level of the backup.

2. In AOMEI Backupper Professional, you can enable Scheme feature. It can help you remove old backup images automatically which can help you free up your storage. You can get the free trial version to explore it by yourself.


That’s all for how to restore deleted folder in Windows 10. According to your situation, the Windows Previous Versions or data recovery tool can help you make it. And obviously, it’s much easier to restore deleted files from the backup image than recover files with data recovery tool. Don’t forget to make a regular backup with AOMEI Backupper to keep your data safe.