Can I recover a permanently deleted folder?

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    Can I recover a permanently deleted folder?

    Hi, I am new to the forums and I do not know where to post this.

    About an hour ago I was clearing my documents out, and I deleted a folder by accident that contained a lot of important files. I had downloaded a couple of 'recovery' programs to see if they could be any help. One of the programs I downloaded was 'Wondershare Recover it'. Once the program finished its search, I could see all of my deleted files. When I clicked the recovery button, it said I had to purchase a package. I checked the responses to the program online but they were all negative.

    Does anyone know any ways I can recover my files, or any safe and reliable program that can help me?
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    You could try Recuva - free- very well known. Make sure you click the deep scan checkbox.

    These programs usually have a quick scan mode (Recycle bins e.g.) and the deeper scan mode looks for files still present on the disk, but not part of the file system (deleted).

    Note: You must NOT write more to the partition where the folder was.

    For example, it is most at risk of being overwritten if it was on C:

    Note: A Google search for
    free data recovery programs
    Top 15 Best Free Data Recovery Software — 2018 Edition
    The best free data recovery software 2018: rescue lost or deleted files | TechRadar
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    Just to say that I somehow have my document/files back, I checked my recycle bin and then I see the big document with all my stuff in it. I had several recovery programs running including the one posted above. I don't know which program solved this, if one of them did.
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint

    By default deleted files and folders go to the Recycle Bin first then the Bin can be emptied for a permanent deletion. There is a way to bypass the Bin but not safe.
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    Win10 x64 Pro -2 desktops, 1 laptop

    If your files are still in the Recycle bin then you should be able to open the Recycle bin, right click on a file, and select Restore.

    If you have successfully deleted (rather than just recycled) your files and free can't recover them, try Active@File Recovery Professional or Ultimate. It costs, but it can recover files that some of the free programs cannot. I know anecdotal stories don't count for much, but ... . I deleted a directory (folder) with hundreds of sub-directories and many thousands of files. A couple free programs could find (most of) the files but recovered them all into one directory. Rebuilding the directory structure would have taken ages. Active@File Recovery found all but a handful of the files and rebuilt the directory structure.
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