How to recover deleted Word & Excel document

If you accidentally click the wrong button or experience a power outage and Excel didn't create any backup copies of the files, you can be left without important documents and charts. So how to recover a deleted Excel document? There is a perfect answer to this question – Disk Drill for Windows – the top recovery solution for Excel files and more.
Disk Drill comes with the best data recovery mechanisms that work very well with NTFS, FAT32, EXT, ExFAT, HFS+ and other file systems. Recover Excel file on system disks, other computers, external devices, memory cards, USB flash drives. And here is the answer to 'How to recover deleted Word document & Excel file for Free?' – free Disk Drill Basic will run a scan to determine what is recoverable and restore up to 500 MB of data.

#1 When you need to recover Excel document

First off, download free Disk Drill and suspend the file system usage a little, because the more you work with the system, where you need to recover files, the more chances the deleted files get overwritten by new data. So we want to keep it quiet until we get back what we need. Disk Drill supports a great variety of file types. Not only can you recover deleted Excel file, but also your lost Word documents, videos, music or images.
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  • 1Download Disk Drill
  • 2Install it
  • 3Start Disk Drill for Windows

#2 Restore erased files

Launch Disk Drill and let it list all drives in your system. Select the drive you lost Excel file on. Click the "Recover" button to initiate the free scan.

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It usually takes a few minutes for the scan to complete, depending on the drive size. Disk Drill will automatically select the appropriate scanning methods depending on the type of drive you are working with.

#3 Select the Excel document you are recovering

Depending on how long ago the file was erased and how intensively the drive was used after that, the file may have a modified name that you won't recognize at once. However Disk Drill offers filters for easier recognition of the files being recovered.

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Recover deleted Excel file effortlessly by protecting it!

Of course the best way to recover Excel file is protecting it. And the best part – data protection with Recovery Vault is free. Doesn't matter if you have an FAT32, NTFS, or HFS+ systems, this simple yet super efficient algorithm works on any. It will keep track of your deleted files, mark them and store their meta-data invisibly for easy restoration.

#4 Recover deleted Excel file on Windows – done

After performing the scan, the recoverable files will be identified and in just a few clicks you can undelete them.
Highlight the files to be restored, choose the destination folder for them, and that's pretty much how you recover deleted Word & Excel document on Windows with Disk Drill.

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Recovering Excel document with the help of Deep Scan

Of course the situation where you just deleted the file and realized it right there is perfect. In those cases recovering Excel files is so much easier. But what if you didn't realize your file was gone until somewhat later and you don't know where to start. Deep Scan method is here to help! It'll dig deep through your hard drive byte-by-byte and use its knowledge of file signatures to reconstruct every little piece of file structure. This method takes longer time, but is totally worth the wait!

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