Video File Recovery: How to Recover Deleted Videos?

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Want to recover deleted videos from computer, SD card or Android devices? This article will provide multiple guides to help you recover deleted or lost videos, photos and audio files from various storage media with very simple steps. Video files stored on computer smart phone, camera or other digital camera may get lot or deleted accidentally and you should know how to get back deleted files. If you want to learn details on how it works, please continue read this page.

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How do I recover permanently deleted videos?

Recovering deleted video files is one of the useful skills you should master, for it is difficult to avoid video file loss issues. Smart phones and digital cameras make it easy to take photos and video, and most of us would like to record important moments via photos or videos in these ways. Video files can be kept on various devices such as computer, memory card, smart phones, etc. Video files are common types of data and they are managed or organized together with other files. It is common to delete a video file by accident, for example, your storage device is running out of space and you want to delete some files to free up disk space, but you delete video files which haven't been backed up by mistake. Here are more scenarios that you delete files and need video deleted recovery.

  • Delete video files by way of Shift + Delete keys, and files are removed immediately without being put into Recycle Bin.
  • Delete video files from Recycle Bin and make it impossible to restore files from Recycle Bin.
  • Empty Recycle Bin and all files in it are removed.
  • Delete videos from USB flash drive, SD card, external HDD and other USB disks. There is not Recycle Bin for USB drives, and files are deleted at once.
  • Delete video files from SSD. Almost all SSD adopt trim technic and deleted video file recovery is no longer available.
  • Video files get lost during the process of transferring data via Cut & Paste: cutting from one location and pasting to the other place.
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Can I undelete a video? Any of the situation above will bring about video loss issue if there is not updated backup available. What you can do is video deleted recovery. Deleting videos does not mean you are losing files permanently, for there is a good chance of recovering deleted video files. Before we start the recovery process, we'd like to explain a bit why deleted files are recoverable. It is simple to understand if you know how operating system processes files. When a file is stored on hard drive, system saves data entry information and content on different locations. Entry information includes file type, size, name, starting and ending location, etc. If you want to access a file, system will read the entry information first and then find file content. When a file gets deleted, the deletion operation only removes entry and keeps file content untouched. Sectors occupied by deleted files are marked as free so that they can be used to store new data. Therefore, deleted file recovery can be achieved before lost data gets overwritten; if you want to wipe a hard drive or other storage media permanently, you need to erase data with professional tools instead of simply deleting data.

How to recover deleted videos? There are multiple solutions to get back deleted video files, for example, retrieve deleted data from Recycle Bin, get back deleted video files from backup, perform video deleted recovery with data recovery software. The follow part explains several methods that shows how to retrieve deleted video files from hard drive, SD card, flash drive, Android device, etc.

Guide #1: How to restore deleted videos from Recycle Bin?

If you delete videos from local hard drive of computer, you can easily find them in Recycle Bin. Recycle Bin is a certain folder set by operating system to store deleted data before they permanently get deleted. Deleted files stay in Recycle Bin before you empty Recycle Bin or remove them manually. Thus, the first thing you should do is checking Recycle Bin when you attempt to retrieve deleted videos.

Step 1. Open Recycle Bin on your computer.

To open Recycle Bin, you can either double-click Recycle Bin icon or right-click on it and choose Open from context menu.

Step 2. Look for deleted video files you want to restore.

If there are too many files in Recycle Bin, you can quickly find files via using searching box or sorting data by name, original location, date deleted, size, etc.

Step 3. Restore deleted video files.

Select deleted files you want to restore and choose Restore from context menu or click Restore the selected items in tools tab. Then all deleted files will be restored to the original place.

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Step 4. View recovered files and check they are restored correctly.

Guide #2: How to recover lost/deleted videos with video recovery software?

If you cannot retrieve deleted or lost videos from Recycle Bin or backup, you can try video recovery software to get back lost data. In such case, it is recommended to use professional recovery software to do the job for you. Professional data recovery software can greatly improve the chance of successful recovery of deleted videos. In this example, we choose DiskGenius to recover lost video files.

DiskGenius is effective video file recovery software and it supports to recover various types of videos such as MOV, RMVB, AVI, 3GP, ASF, WMV, MP4, MKV, MIDI, WMA, etc as well as recover photos from SD card and other devices. The video deleted recovery can be performed on all kinds of storage devices, including computer hard drive, memory card, flash drive, external HDD, virtual disk, raid, etc. In addition, it supports recovering data from NTFS, exFAT, FAT32/16/12, EXT2, EXT3 and EXT4 drives. The Pro edition provides a trial version which works the same as paid edition when searching for lost or deleted video files, so you can test whether it meets your requirement before purchase.

Follow steps below to get back deleted videos in Windows 10/8/7

Step 1. Download and install DiskGenius on your computer.

Note: do NOT install the software on the drive where lost files were stored in order to avoid data overwriting.

Step 2. Launch DiskGenius after it is installed. Right-click on the partition from which you want to retrieve deleted/lost videos, and choose Recover Lost Files from context menu.

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Step 3. On the pop-up window, you can choose recovery options and click Start button to search for lost data.

Recover Deleted Files is designed to recover deleted files only, and you should choose Complete Recovery if you want to recover lost videos caused by other reasons. Search For Known File Types option is responsible for deep scanning and it is able to find out as many recoverable files as possible.

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Step 4. When scanning process completes, you can preview recoverable files listed in scanning result.

Double-click a file and you can view it in the previewing windows, as below. The following screenshot shows DiskGenius is previewing .rmvb video file.

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Step 5. Recover video files. Choose videos files you want to recover and copy them to a different location to complete video file recovery. Right-click on selected files and choose Copy To, and you can specify a location to save recovered data.

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Guide #3: How to recover deleted videos from Android devices?

In this section, you can learn how to retrieve deleted videos from Android devices. Since deleted files are easy to get overwritten at any time, you should stop using the device before all files are recovered correctly. Here we'll use Android data recovery software Eassos Android Data Recovery as an example, install this program on your computer and you can start the recovery task.

Step 1. Launch Eassos Android Data Recovery, connect Android device and click Next button.

Connect the Android device from which you want to recover lost videos via USB cable. You should make sure the Android device has enabled USB debugging and it is rooted properly; you can easily file tools online to root the device.

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Step 2. Select device memory where deleted videos were stored and click Next button.

On Android device, there might be two storage locations: internal memory and external memory, thus you need to get clear which is the one to be recovered.

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Step 3. Scan and recover deleted videos from Android.

The scanning process may take a while if the storage device has large space and all recoverable files will be listed in scanning result. You can view files and find out what you want to recover. Then choose files you need and click Recover button to save them on your computer.

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Video file recovery software plays important role when you try to recover lost or deleted video files and it is the one of the major factors that decides final recovery result. There are too many video file recovery programs on the Internet, how to make the right choice? Here are some aspects you can test a program:

  • Professional data recovery software. Specialized data recovery software can guarantee the best recovery result, and it can help you restore videos deleted from SD card, hard drive, external HDD, USB flash drive, virtual disk and more devices.
  • Support recovery of a variety of files. Video files can be in various formats, such as MOV, RMVB, AVI, 3GP, ASF, WMV, etc. The software you use should support a wide range of video formats.
  • Easy to use: The recovery steps should be simple and easy to follow; thus, you won't be disturbed by additional operations.
  • Preview recoverable video files. File preview can help estimate the chance of recovery, thus it will be helpful if the recovery software support previewing video files you want to recover.


In this tutorial, we share three methods to get back deleted or lost video files, and these guides can also help you recover photos, email, music, documents, etc. from all kinds of storage devices. Thus, there is no need to be panic after accidentally deleting important files and you can try recovery task with effective recovery programs. If you encounter issues when recovering lost data or have any other solutions, please leave a comment to let us know.


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