Losing data is not a rare matter for most of us. Recoverit Data Recovery for PC can help you recover 1000+ types and formats of data in different storage devices, including your Windows computer hard drive, Desktop, Recycle Bin, external devices and even a crashed computer.

1. Launch Recoverit on Windows

To recover files, it is necessary to launch Recoverit on your computer.

To make Recoverit Data Recovery run on a Windows computer, please double click the “Wondershare Recoverit” icon on the Desktop.

If Recoverit is not on the Desktop, you can input “Recoverit” in the search box on your Windows computer. And then click the App or Choose “Open”. The below image is the example in Windows 10.

run recoverit

2. Recover Files from Windows Computer

To recover data on a computer, please follow the 3 steps.

  • Select a location
  • Scan the location
  • Preview & Recover

Step 1Select a location

  • To recover data on a computer, it is necessary to choose a location where you lost data.
  • Here, please select a hard disk under the “Hard Disk Drives” tab, or Desktop under the “Select location” tab.
  • Click "Start" to begin the scanning on the selected location.
select a location

Step 2Scan the location

Recoverit will start an all-around scan. Usually, it will take a few minutes to finish the scanning. Sometimes, a few hours are required if many large-sized files are stored inside it.

scan the location

During the scanning process, you can also pinpoint files or stop the scanning for your convenience.

1Pinpoint files during the scanning

During the scanning, you can toggle the different ways to filter, select and pinpoint the files you want to recover. The ways are respectively "File Path" and "File Type". By the way, to get more details, you can click the rightward arrow.

File Path is the route on the computer to store the data. For example, "C:\Program Files\Wondershare\Wondershare Recoverit Pro\log".

File Type is the types and formats of data. The file type can be photo, video, audio, document, email, DataBase, Webfiles, archive, miscellaneous and no extensions. The file format, put it simply, is the specific extensions of different types of files, such as JPG, PNG, MP3, MP4, XLSX, DOCX, etc.

2Pause or Stop the scanning

Even if Recoverit starts to scan the selected location for your lost data, you can pause or stop it at any time. You can suspend the scanning temporarily by clicking the pause button - pause the data recovery, and continue the process after clicking the play button - continue data recovery.

If you have found something you want, you can stop the process at any point by clicking on the stop button - stop data recovery.

Step 3 Preview and recover files

Recoverit allows users to preview the recoverable files before proceeding the recovery step. You can select the targeted files and click the "Recover" button to retrieve your files back.

recover files back

1 Preview files after the scanning

As a Recoverit user, you can preview data by hitting on the file. A thumbnail will show you on the right panel.

Besides, a preview window will pop up after clicking the "Preview" button or double clicking a file.

Moreover, when you click on the file, some information about the file can display, including the file name, file size, file path and the modified date.

Recoverit supports to preview almost all the common types of files, such as images, videos, audios, Outlook emails, documents, and many more.

  • Preview a Photo
  • preview a photo
  • Preview a Video
  • preview a video
  • Preview an Audio File
  • preview an audio
  • Preview a PowerPoint File
  • preview a ppt
  • Preview a Word File
  • preview a word
  • Preview an Excel File
  • preview an excel
  • Preview a PDF File
  • preview a PDF

If you find the files unable to preview, we offer some inbuilt tips for you. Follow them and get the problems fixed. You can get the exact details in the page: Preview files with Recoverit

2 Recover Files from Windows Computer

After previewing the files and confirm they are what you want, you now can get them all back using Recoverit.

Directly hit on the "Recover" button to retrieve your lost data back and choose a path to save the recovered files.

Please do not save the files into the hard disk where you deleted or lost the data.

save recovered files

Note: The steps are true of recovering data from Windows computer internal hard drive. If you need to get data back from Recycle Bin, external devices or crashed computer, please read a little further.

3. Restore Files from Emptied Recycle Bin

Each time the files are deleted from your computer by choosing the "Delete" option, they will go to the Recycle Bin. The lost files can come from every corner of your computer, including the internal hard drive, partitions, sectors, and even external devices.

To recover the permanently deleted or emptied data from the recycle bin, scanning the whole computer is inevitable. It will result in a very long scanning time.

To save the scanning time, there are two scan modes for recycle bin recovery, namely all-around scan and deep scan. Once you find nothing through the all-around scan, you can turn to the deep scan mode. The deep scan will deeply search for your lost data.

Step 1 Select the Recycle Bin

To restore recycle bin, recover emptied recycle bin or retrieve permanently deleted files on a computer, you should select the recycle bin as the target location.

select the recycle bin

Step 2 Scan the recycle bin

As mentioned before, there are 2 scan modes to scan and recover files from the Recycle Bin.

1 All-Around Scan

It will automatically start an all-around scan to search for files from recycle bin. Usually, the scan can meet your needs of lost data.

2 Deep Scan

After the all-around scan, if you still find nothing desired, you can resort to the deep scan mode to deep dig out more lost data from Recycle Bin.

deep scan the recycle bin

During the scanning, you can filter the files from the file type categories on the left bar. The same, you can choose to pause or stop the scanning process at any time.

Step 3 Preview and recover your data

1 Select a file or files

Once the scan is completed, Recoverit will list all the files by classifying the file types on the left. You can filter and locate data through the options:

  • File Type
  • File Path
  • Show all files
  • File modified date
  • Search file name or path
  • Scroll down the files list

2 Preview data

Before recovery, it would be better if you take advantage of the preview feature to confirm if the files are what you want.

  • Thumbnails
  • Double click the file
  • Click on the "Preview" button
  • Toggle the 2 preview methods -

3 Recover and save files

Finally, you can select the targeted files and click "Recover" button to retrieve your data back from recycle bin.

Please do not save the recovered data on the same location to avoid data overwriting.

recover files from recycle bin

4. Recover Data from External Devices

If your data gets lost from an external device on Windows computer, Recoverit can also help you recover them. The external device can be an external hard drive, memory card, SD card, digital camera, Drone camera, USB flash drive, music player, sound recorder and so on.

Step 1 Connect the external device

Before getting Recoverit started, you need to connect the external device to your computer. Make sure that it can be recognized or detected.

Step 2 Select the external device

To recover lost or deleted files from the removable storage media, please select the device as the target location. And then hit on the "Start" button to move forward.

Even though the partition on the device has got lost, you can still use Recoverit to bring the lost data back.

select the external device

Step 3 Scan the external device

An all-around scan will be launched on the external storage media. Wait a few minutes to finish the scanning. During the process, you can locate the targeted files, as well as pause or stop it.

Scan the external device

Step 4 Preview and recover files

Once the scanning ends, you can preview the files from the scanning result. To get the files back, click "Recover" and save them into another safe location.

recover data from external device

5. Recover Data from Crashed Computer

If your system is crashed or stops working in an ideal way, then you can get Recoverit to retrieve back your lost or inaccessible data. Download and install Recoverit on a working computer, prepare a blank USB drive or CD/DVD and connect it to the computer.

Step 1 Preparations for Crash Recovery

  • Another working computer
  • A blank USB drive or CD/DVD
  • Connect the device to the computer

Step 2 Create a bootable media

To recover data from an unbootable computer, you need to create a bootable media to start it up first. Now, let's have a look at how to create a bootable drive.

1Start computer crash recovery

The first step is to launch the data recovery software on a working computer and choose "Recover from Crash Computer" under the last tab. Click "Start" to go on.

computer crash recovery

2Create a bootable drive

If you are unable to launch your Windows computer, you can use Recoverit to create a bootable media and recover data.

Make sure a blank USB drive or CD/DVD is connected to the working computer and can be recognized. If yes, click "Start" to go on.

Create a bootable drive

3Select the type of your bootable drive

Then, select a mode to create a bootable drive. You can select USB bootable drive or CD/DVD bootable drive. If the bootable media is connected, it will show on the Bootable Drive. Click the "Create" button to start.

create USB bootable drive

4Backup and format data

Once you choose to create USB bootable drive or create CD/DVD bootable drive, an alert message about formatting USB flash drive will pop up.

Make sure you have backed up your important data before formatting the media. Click "Format" button to confirm.

backup and format data

5Downloading Firmware

On clicking the "Format" button, you can see an interface showing that the firmware is downloading. Firmware is a specific class of computer software embedded in some hardware devices. To create a bootable drive, the specific firmware is indispensable.

download firmware

6Formatting the bootable drive

Once Recoverit downloads the firmware successfully, it will start to format your bootable drive, like the USB flash drive. Formatting a device will erase all the data stored on it. So keep the data backup in mind.

formatting bootable media

7Creating the bootable media

It will just take a few minutes to finish the process of creating a bootable drive. During the process, please do not eject the USB flash drive or pull out the CD/DVD drive.

creating bootable drive

8Finish creating the bootable media

Now, the bootable drive used to boot your crashed computer up is created. What you need to do next is to follow the below steps.

  • Adjust the BIOS to boot from USB/CD/DVD drive: restart your crashed computer and press the BIOS entry key when the first screen displayed.
  • Connect the USB flash drive or insert CD/DVD drive to your computer.
  • Restart your computer and start to recover data from the crashed system.
created bootable drive

Step 3 Recover data from crashed computer

After following the above steps, you'll find that the crashed computer becomes bootable now. Restart the computer and recover lost data in 3 steps.

1Select a location

To save the scanning and recovery time, please select a hard disk where you lost data.

Click "Start" to go on.

select a location

2Scan the location

Please wait for a while until the scanning is over. Usually it lasts for a few minutes.

scan lost photos

3Preview and recover data

Finally, you can preview the files, select the wanted ones and click "Recover" to get them all back.

recover lost photos


You can make the preview of different types and formats of data, such as photos, videos, audios, documents and many more.

After recovering data, please save them to another safe location, like an external hard drive or removable device.

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