How to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive

Google Drive is a cloud storage service, which becomes a popular online service that many peoples use it to sync data, back up and transfer. What if one day you delete your important files but you want to recover, how should you do? Don't worry, this post offers you 4 ways to recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive.

Part 1: Is it Possible to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive

You may want to ask "Can you recover permanently deleted files on Google Drive". Yes. Deleted videos, photos and presentations are automatically added to Google Drive Trash, which can restore about 30 days. But how do I recover permanently deleted files from Google Drive after 30 days? If you empty the recycle bin, there are still other ways to recover permanently deleted files on Google Drive, such as using the third-party software.

Part 2: 4 Ways to Recover Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive

Here are 4 ways to help you restore permanently deleted files from Google Drive no matter you have backup or not.

Way 1: How to Recover Deleted Files from Google Drive Trash?

The easiest way to retrieve permanently deleted files on Google Drive is by restoring it from the Trash folder. How long does Google Drive Trash keep deleted files? All erased files are temporarily stored in Trash within 30 days. Here are the steps to restore deleted files from Trash:

  1. Step 1. Just go to Google Drive.com, click the "Trash" option on the left side.
  2. Step 2. Select the files you need.
  3. Step 3. Right click the files and choose the "Restore" option.
restore from trash

Way 2: Try Software to Restore Permanently Deleted Files Google Drive

If you have installed Google Drive on computer before and have synced your files on computer to Google drive, then you can try to use the professional tool -Windows Data Recovery to retrieve deleted files by scanning the folder where Google Drive is placed on the computer.

  • Step 1Launch Any data recovery software on your computer and choose a location where Google Drive sync your files. Click "Scan" to scan lost files

    choose a location
  • Step 2After the scan is finished, you can check if the lost files are displayed in file view.

    view the files list
  • Step 3Preview lost files and then click "Recover" button. And choose a location to save.

    recover lost files

Way 3: Contact Google Drive Support to Get Permanently Deleted Files from Google Drive

This is another method of recovering permanently deleted files from Google Drive. You should use this method if you are having difficulty recovering your deleted files via other methods.

    1. 1. Open Google Drive website and click on the "?" icon.
    2. 2. Click on the "Send feedback".
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    1. 3. Fill in the form stating your requirement and submit it. Google Drive support team will contact you later, and you can tell them you wish, they will help you recover the lost files
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Bonus Tip: How to Use Google's Backup and Sync

Google has some applications that can performs a backup. Although these apps are not very professional, they can help users preserve the Google Drive data for an unlimited time period or back up Google Drive to an external hard drive.

How to download your Google Drive folders with Backup and Sync Client? Here are steps:

    • Step 1Go to Google drive website to download the Backup and Sync app.
    • Step 2 Launch the app and log in with your Google account. Once you sign in successfully, a window will pop up, in which you can choose the folders to continuously back up to Google Drive. Then Click "Next" button.
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  • Step 3Click on the "Got it" button.

    sync files
  • Step 4Choose the option "Sync My Drive to this computer"
  • Step 5Select a local folder to place your downloaded Drive files.
  • Step 6Tick "Sync everything in My Drive" if you need to sync the whole Drive; If not, select "Sync only these folders" to back up selected folders.

    start to syncs
  • Step7Click the "START" button. After that, you can copy all the downloaded files and save in another folder or device.

Conclusion

There are 3 ways to restore permanently deleted files on Google Drive . You can get deleted files back from Trash, ask the administrator for help, or contact Google's support team. But if you have installed Google Drive on your computer, using Windows Data Recovery can help you recover permanently deleted files with ease.

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