Accidentally deleting a file or folder was once something that could ruin your entire day, week, or month even — maybe even your career. All that work put into it. Countless hours put into it. And then: gone. Fortunately for those of you using Microsoft OneDrive for professional, personal, or academic reasons, there may be a way to retrieve and restore files or folders that were deleted. The same is true if your files or folders were overwritten, corrupted, or infected by a virus or malware. Depending on your subscription, you may have two methods to recover files: (1) restore files from the Settings page; or (2) restore files from the Recycling bin.
From your OneDrive website, you will want to follow the next steps in order.
If this option does not seem to work, there is another way to recover deleted files or folders.
From your OneDrive website, follow these steps.
Keep in mind that you can only recover files or folders in the Recycle bin so long as the files or folders have not been permanently deleted. Typically, files only live in the Recycle bin for 30 days for personal accounts or 93 days for business accounts — unless the administrator for business accounts changed the setting for a shorter or longer period. Once the time limit is reached, the files are automatically deleted. Files can also be automatically deleted within three days if the Recycle bin is full, at which time the oldest items are deleted first.
It is also important to note that if you want to restore a file to a specific version, File Restore cannot do so if version history was turned off. It is a good idea to always keep version history on while you work.
In summary, when using OneDrive, you have the potential to restore a file or folder that has been accidentally (or in some cases, intentionally) lost. The key is knowing the functions of your Microsoft subscription. Need more tech tips? Return to this blog. New tips for your OneDrive subscriptions and other tech needs are posted regularly.