Have you ever deleted your downloaded files by mistake and could not download them again? Have you ever deleted the Downloads folder unexpectedly on your Windows computer? If so, you should not worry about it so much. In this blog, MiniTool Software will introduce some effective ways to get your downloads back.

Downloads Are from Different Sources, but You May Have No Chance to Download Them Again

The downloaded files come from different sources. For example, you can download a file from an email attachment. You can download an app installation package from the app’s official site. You can also download music files from music sites. Besides, you can download YouTube videos from YouTube.

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The downloaded files will be saved on your computer forever unless you delete them manually. However, you may delete your downloads unconsciously. When you want to use it again, you cannot find it.

Or perhaps, you directly deleted the app installation .exe file after installing that app. After updating to the latest app’s version, you may want to go back to the previous version for some reason. In a situation like this, you may want to restore the old installation file.

In addition, the Downloads folder may get lost or deleted by mistake. This will be a disaster if all downloaded files are in that folder.

You are facing these problems now:

  • How to recover deleted downloaded files?
  • How to recover the deleted Downloads folder?
  • How to recover deleted downloads Chrome?
  • How to recover deleted files from the Downloads folder?

Professional data recovery software is a good choice to recover your lost or deleted downloaded files. But this is not the only choice. In this post, we will introduce some easy methods that are worth trying.

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How to Recover Deleted Downloaded Files?

Way 1: Recover deleted downloaded files from Recycle Bin

When you delete a file or folder on your Windows computer, the deleted items will be moved to Recycle Bin if you don’t choose to permanently delete it . Files and folders in Recycle Bin are recoverable and it is easy to do this:

Step 1: Open Recycle Bin from desktop.

Step 2: Find the deleted or lost downloaded file you want to recover, right-click it, and select Restore . Your selected file will be directly restored to its original location. If you want to recover multiple files at the same time, you can multi-select them, right-click them, and select Restore to make them go back to their previous folder/folders.

restore deleted downloaded files from Recycle Bin

You see! It is very easy to restore your deleted files from Recycle Bin. After restoring, you can go to the original location and use the restored files directly.

If unfortunately, you can’t find the deleted or lost downloaded files in Recycle Bin, they should be permanently deleted. But this doesn’t mean that you cannot recover them. You still can use third-party data recovery software to rescue them. If you have backed up these files before, you can directly restore them from the backup file.

Please keep reading to learn two more methods to recover lost or deleted downloaded files on a Windows computer.

Way 2: Use MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover deleted downloads

When referring to professional data recovery, MiniTool Power Data Recovery is recommended.

This is a free file recovery tool that is designed and developed by MiniTool Software. It is used to recover files and folders from computer hard drives, external hard drives, SSDs, memory cards, SD cards, USB flash drives, pen drives, etc.

You can use this software to recover various kinds of files like images, videos, movies, audio files, documents, and more. It can run on Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.

More importantly, this software supports recovering data from your specified folder. If you only want to recover deleted files from the Downloads folder on Windows, you can let this software only scan that folder for deleted files.

Here, you should know this: no matter which data recovery software, you can only recover the missing files that are not overwritten by new data. But you don’t know if your files have been overwritten. It is not a big problem. You can first try MiniTool Power Data Recovery Free to scan your drive and see if this tool can find your needed file. You can even use this freeware to recover 1 GB of files without paying any cent.