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How to recover permanently deleted videos from PC?

Updated on 08 13, 2020 | Tutorials

It’s not uncommon that we store our valuable videos on hard drive, SD card or other storage media. These videos are captured moments in motion and they definitely bring back memories in action. What if these videos get deleted or lost? You know, all it takes to delete an important video is a simple delete key. It’s also possible that a hardware failure instantly wipe out them without any warning. Thus, in this article, we will provide a step-by-step video recovery guide to help recover permanently deleted videos from PC.

Reasons behind video loss

Video loss can be stressful and painful and it’s even worse when you don’t know why it happened. Let’s take a closer look at common reasons for video loss.

  • Delete the video by right-clicking menu or just pressing Delete button accidentally
  • Use Shift + Delete keys to delete the video
  • Empty the recycle bin or trash
  • Unexpectedly format the drive
  • Infected with virus

One of the above mentioned factors is enough to cause video loss. Even worse, it can be devastating if the deleted video was your only copy. Thankfully, the deleted video can be retrieved. In the following guide, we’ll introduce some feasible ways to recover permanently deleted videos from PC.

Before you perform recovery process

There are some precautions you can take to increase the chances of video recovery.

Stop using the system

When you find your videos get deleted or lost, you should stop using the device immediately. Actually, when you delete a video, the system just removes its reference and mark the space occupied by the video as available for new data. The video is not permanently erased. As long as the video is not overwritten by new data, you still can restore deleted video. Thus, please do not use the storage device or create new file to the computer. Otherwise, the deleted video may be overwritten.

Check the recycle bin or trash

By default, when a video gets deleted, it will be moved to recycle bin or trash. It gives users a chance to change their minds and recover the files with ease. Windows users can open the recycle bin, right-click on the video and choose Restore to get video back. If you are Mac users, you need to open the Trash and locate the video you are looking for. Then, right click on the desire video and choose Pull Back.

recycle bin

Check your backups

The most effective way is to recover deleted video from backups. Before you perform video recovery process, you can go through your backups. Both Windows and Mac feature a built-in backup solution. As a Window user, you can use File History to recover deleted videos. All you need to do is navigate to the folder that used to contain deleted video and click the “History” button. It will display a list of previous versions. You can click on the “Previous” button to locate and select the video you want to restore. Finally, click “Restore” to get lost videos back. On the contrary, Mac users can use Time Machine to restore deleted videos. Steps to recover deleted videos are as follows:

Step 1. Launch Time Machine by clicking on the icon located on the Mac’s menu bar, choosing Enter Time Machine or search for Time Machine using spotlight

Step 2. Locate the video you want to restore using the onscreen up and down arrows

Step 3. Click “Restore” to retrieve lost videos to original location

How to restore permanently deleted videos from PC?

If you still cannot access your video, a video recovery software can be a good solution that allows you to recover permanently deleted videos from PC. Among varieties of video recovery software, RecoveryMaster is a highly-recommended and reliable choice. It is a comprehensive video recovery software that can be used to recover deleted videos on Windows 10+ as well as Mac OS 10.9+. Its advanced scanning algorithms, intuitive interface, security make it stand out form the competition.

This software allows you to recover all file formats like MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV, MTS, etc. It is available for various data loss situations including accidental deletion, hard drive failure, formatting, system crash, virus attack, etc. Besides that, it fully supports various file systems such as NTFS, FAT, exFAT, HFS, APFS, etc. It’s straightforward to use and allows you to perform recovery process with a few clicks.

To recover deleted videos on Windows:

Step 1. Download and install the RecoveryMaster. Make sure that you don’t download the software to the same storage device on which you lost videos because you could overwrite the video.

Step 2. Select the disk where you lost videos and click Scan to proceed. The scanning process will take several minutes, depending on the size of your drive. But you can pause or resume scans so you don’t have to complete the whole scanning process.

scanning videos

Step 3. Select and preview the video you want to recover. Once scanning process completed, a list of lost videos will be displayed. You can select and preview the video before recovery.

Step 4. Click Recover to get lost videos back and save them to new location. It’s better to choose a different drive to avoid data overwriting.

get lost videos back

Similarly, Mac users can restore permanently deleted videos by using RecoveryMaster. You just need to select the drive for scanning, select and preview the video you wish to restore and click Recover to bring back lost video. It doesn’t require any technical skill that even beginners can use it retrieve lost videos without any hassle.


In this blog, we’ve covered possible ways to recover permanently deleted videos from PC. Before you perform recovery process, you’d better stop using the device, check the recycle bin and backup. If you have no luck with the first two methods, you should use a reliable video recovery software like RecoveryMaster to recover permanently deleted videos. Only simple steps, you can get deleted videos back.




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