How to recover files permanently deleted from Onedrive

We all know that data in the cloud is vulnerable to human error, such as accidental or intentional deletion, which affects cloud data and its synchronized local copy. Data deleted from one place will also be deleted from the other. This is the case with Microsoft OneDrive. Therefore, the deletion and subsequent data loss is a major concern for all users of OneDrive.

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But there is good news for users that this deleted data can be restored using the options built into the OneDrive app. Below are the native ways to recover deleted data from OneDrive:

Restore from your OneDrive trash

The OneDrive web portal includes a common Recycle Bin that stores files deleted from OneDrive storage. Recycle Bin data is available for 30 days on your personal Microsoft account. But it is available for 93 days in the Business / School account. Administrators or users can check the availability of data in the Recycle Bin and restore from there.

1- Click on synced OneDrive folder on your system and click on the option “ View online ”Or go to“ Help and Settings> View Online ”Or visit the website directly at and log in with login credentials.

2- In the left panel, click on the option “ Trash can ”. The deleted items will be displayed in the right pane.

3- Now select the items you want to restore and click on the option “ To restore ”. The items will be restored to their original locations.

4- If you want to restore all items in the Recycle Bin, select the checkbox in the Name section. It will select all items and then click on the option “ To restore ”To restore them to their respective original locations.

Restore from OneDrive second stage trash

If the 30-day or 93-day data retention period, depending on the type of account, has ended or the user has emptied the Recycle Bin, users can also restore data using the second-stage Recycle Bin, also known as the Site Collection Recycle Bin. integrated with the OneDrive portal.

1- As an administrator, log into site of OneDrive and click on the option Trash can.

2- If the items are not available for restoration here, click on the link Second stage trash can at the bottom of the page.

3- Now select the desired items or all and click To restore to restore them.

note: Files or items in the second stage Recycle Bin will be automatically deleted or deleted after the total data retention period of 93 days.

Restore from your system trash

Since the OneDrive cloud application can be synchronized with the local system by creating a OneDrive folder on the local system, any data deleted from that local folder can be recovered from the system Recycle Bin. 

Go to Trash can your system and open it. Select the deleted items from the OneDrive folder on your system, right click and select the option “ To restore ”In the drop-down list to restore the times to the original location.

note: Data is not recoverable if deleted from the Recycle Bin or deleted using the Shift and Del keys together.

Restore your previous version of OneDrive

If those data retention periods end for OneDrive and the version history is ON, Microsoft 365 subscribers can restore their OneDrive to the selected version. Check the procedure.

1- Log in to your OneDrive account online as an administrator.

2- Click on the “ Gear ”And select the option“ Restore your OneDrive ”.

3- Click the arrow next to the “ Select date ”To open the drop-down list and select the desired date range or add a custom date according to your need.

4- After selecting the date range, click on the “ To restore ”To restore the version of the selected date range from your OneDrive.

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Felipe Santos
Felipe Santos is a Cloud and Security Architect, with experience in Windows Server, Cluster, Storages, Backups Veeam and Office 365 environments.



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