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How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive

To recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive, you can go to find the items from [1] from backups via Backup and Sync, [2] locally existed files via Data Recovery Wizard Free, [3] contact Administrator & the official support for help.

How Do You Recover Deleted Files and Folders from Google Drive?

Step 1: Select a location to scan.
Step 2: Select the files you want to recover.
Step 3: Restore lost data.

To recover deleted files not in the Bin anymore, you have three ways to go: 

Workable SolutionsStep-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Restore backups via BackupIf you have ‘Backup and Sync’ program installed, you can restore missing files via Backup and Sync
Fix 2. Search for locally saved filesYou can use the professional Data Recovery Wizard to scan and recover locally saved files
Fix 3. Ask for help from AdministratorTo recover deleted files by yourself, you can ask help from the Administrator and Support

Google Drive allows users to store files (e.g. photos, videos, docs, sheets, presentations, etc.), synchronize files across devices, and share files. It protects user files from missing in many ways, with a Bin feature to keep deleted files, with the specialized Backup and Sync program to back up and sync your computer files… So, whenever you removed some files/folders from My Drive, you can try to recover from the Bin folder or backups. 

Can you recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive? 

permanently deleted files from google drive by delete forever and empty bin

Most Google Drive users know exactly what the Bin is for. All files you removed from the drive would go to the Bin for one-month preservation. You can always rely on the Bin recovery method except it’s a permanent deletion, including you delete forever an individual file, empty the entire trash bin, or it reaches the time limit when Google Drive automatically clear your bin folder.

Also read: Recover Deleted Data from Google Photos

Restore backups via Backup and Sync

On the condition that you have ‘Backup and Sync’ program installed. It automatically syncs files from the specific folders you configured when setting up the program, like Desktop, Documents, and Picture on your PC.

To check the missing files in Backup and Sync, follow the below steps.

  • Step 1: Launch Backup and Sync and you will arrive at the path C:\Users\Your name\Google Drive
  • Step 2:All the copies of important files are viewable on the pane
  • Step 3: Browse the files by viewing large icons thumbnails or directly search the file name in the search box.
recover permanently deleted files from backup

Search for locally saved files and folders

Assuming that you’re syncing or uploading files from a computer to Google Drive all the time, there is a chance that you can try to recover the original files that have been uploaded on the cloud storage.

Things would be much easier if you can still recall where the original files were kept. Even they’re removed after syncing to the cloud, using data recovery software could track them from where they saved.

Data Recovery Wizard is a dependable yet powerful data recovery software that has both Windows and Mac versions. It’s able to scan all types of lost files on a specific location, such as a computer hard drive, an external HDD, USB flash drive or a memory card. It’s not designed to recover missing files from the Google Drive server, but the original location where Google Drive files were initially created. Download the FREE version for the first time. The software will first ask you to select the file location to scan, so make sure that you didn’t choose the local drive by wrong.

To recover local files from a storage location, follow the below steps.

Step 1. Select a location to scan.

Launch Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card from which you want to perform data recovery, and then click “Scan”.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, select the lost files you want to recover. If you need, double-click the file to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

After choosing the files, click “Recover” and choose a location on another drive to save the recovered files.

Recover lost data

Also read: Recover Deleted Data from Android Devices

Ask help from Administrator and Support

To realize the possibility of retrieving deleted files by yourself, you must obey the criteria:

  • The file must be created/uploaded to the Google Drive server by the same user or
  • The original owner of the file must grant the rights to it.

Google account that’s associated with a school, company or organization, usually it’s the administrator who is able to recover the deleted files. 

If you’re a paid customer of Google Drive, writing feedback to the official support is a guaranteed way to recover permanently deleted files from the cloud server. As reported, it could be challenging for a free user to get a prompt reply.

To contact the support, follow the below steps.

  • Step 1: On the webpage or app interface of Google Drive, click the ” ? ” symbol in a circle, click Help.
  • Step 2: From the drop-down list, click “Send Feedback”.
  • Step 3: Describe your issue in the pointed area and add a screenshot if necessary. Click SEND.
contact google drive support to recover permanently deleted files

Also check: Software to Recover Data from Google Backup


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