How to Restore Deleted Files on Dropbox

Last updated on March 25, 2020 by Trafalgar Law

In the digital age, you can do almost anything on the internet, including storing precious files and documents. One way to store data online is by using online storage services like Dropbox, which is widely known and used because of its functionality and security. Dropbox is capable of creating a back-up, for your documents and files the moment you upload them. This extra security feature is a factor that makes it become one of the best online storage service subscribers. With its auto back-up feature, users won’t have to worry about accidental deletion of files, because they can recover deleted Dropbox files easily. Here i will show you how to restore Dropbox files with detailed steps.

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What happens to the files that are deleted from Dropbox

Computer users, however wise or prudent, are humans and can make mistakes, which includes accidentally deleting important files. Now the question is, what if this happened to files that are stored on Dropbox. First thing you need to know, is that you can recover those files. Dropbox allows you to recover files that were deleted within 30 days. Another feature of Dropbox is, it can automatically save past versions of your files on your folder. This way, you can have access to the different versions of the file you are working on.

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Recover Deleted Dropbox Files from Your PC Device

Dropbox comes in two platforms, one is the Dropbox application which is downloadable, and the other one is the web-based version which is available online. These are the steps on how to recover files from your personal computer. This works for both MacOS and Windows.

Step1 Log in to Dropbox on Your PC

Log in to your Dropbox account, choose the “Show deleted files” tab which is present in every Dropbox on Windows and Mac, and click it.

show deleted files tab

Step2 Click the Undelete Option

On the next page, you will be able to see all the files, that were deleted in the past 30 days. Choose the file you want to restore, and click the dropdown arrow to open a panel menu and choose the “Undelete” option.

choose undelete tab

Step3 Click the Previous Versions Tab (Optional)

Also, the panel menu includes another option which is the “Previous versions”. This allows you to recover past versions of the file, that you want to recover at the same time.

restore previous versions tab

Recover Deleted Files from the Dropbox Website

If you are using the web-based version, and accidentally deleted the saved files, you can still recover those files. These are the steps to recover the files using the Dropbox website.

Step1 Open a web browser and log in from the Dropbox website

Log in to your Dropbox account on its website. And on the left side, you will see the “Deleted files” option and click it.

website interface

Step2 Choose the File to Restore

From the list of deleted files, choose the files you want to recover and click the “Restore” button. And your file will be back to the folder where it originally was.

choose to restore

Step3 Recover Specific File Folders (Optional)

You can also restore specific folders, deleted in the past 30 days from Dropbox. Just click the thrash button beside the search bar. After that, deleted files for the past 30 days will appear and choose the folder you want to recover and click the “Restore” button.

recover specific folder

Recover Dropbox Files Using Disk Recovery

Using the built-in Dropbox recovery tool most of the time does the job, especially for files that were deleted in the past 30 days. But what if you want to recover Dropbox files older than 30 days. For this instance, you can use Acethinker Disk Recovery to do the recovering of files for you. With its powerful recovery capabilities, it can scan and look for files that were deleted for more than 30 days from your Dropbox folder. It also has a deep scan option where it will deeply scan the PC device and for your files that were deleted for more than 30 days. It is very simple yet powerful tool for your recovery needs. Here are the steps on how to use Acethinker Disk Recovery:

Step1 Download and Install

Download the application and install it on your PC device.

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Step2 Open the Application

Once the application is running, you can start to recover the files by choosing the type of file you need, and click “Next”

choose the file type

Step3 Select where to scan

Click the location that the tool will scan, and click “Next” to start. Once scanning is done, you will be notified.

select where to scan

Step4 Choose the File to Restore

Among the list of scanned files, choose the file that you need and click “Recover”. Next choose the destination where the file will be saved.

click the file to recover

Ways to protect your files and avoid unwanted data loss

With the help of the steps mentioned above, you can always recover files that were accidentally deleted. To at least minimize the chances of unwanted data loss, here are some good practices that might help you.

  • Rather than synching, always choose to upload the files manually into Dropbox. This way, Dropbox can create a true copy of the files that are uploaded instead of sync files.
  • Always practice keeping an offline copy of the files you are working on. So that you can make sure that Dropbox has the latest version of that file.
  • Organize your Dropbox by naming the folders properly. You can name them by year, or by the name of their contents.
  • Conclusion:

    It is always good to know that there are multiple online storage options to choose from. Dropbox being one of them, provides extra security for your important files by automatically backing-up your files. It’s a good thing to know that there are ways to undelete Dropbox files to gives you extra peace of mind. But just in case, it’s never wrong to take extra measure when it comes to the security of your files. That is why you can also use recovery tools like Acethinker Disk Recovery to do the job of recovering files that were deleted for more than 30 days, a function not available on Dropbox.

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