How Can You Retrieve Deleted Files from a Cloud Storage?

Cloud storage services provide a universal service: upload your files and keep them safe. However, accidents happen and the wrong documents can be deleted. Lucky for you, these files aren’t usually gone forever.

There are plenty of cloud storage services today, but the three most visible names for users are Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. Let’s take a look on how these three cloud giants retrieve deleted files.

1. Dropbox

You can’t find a Trash or Recycle Bin on Dropbox. The files are “deleted” but are not moved to a different folder. More precisely, the files are just hidden. To recover a deleted file (or remove it permanently), just go to its original folder and unhide the document.

Click the small trash icon in the upper-right corner of the screen. Your deleted file will appear in gray. To retrieve the file, just click the “Restore” button. Naturally, if you want to remove the document permanently, just choose the “Permanently Delete…” button.

Dropbox hides deleted files for up to 30 days.

2. Google Drive

Google Drive features a more traditional way of deleting files, and that’s through the Trash folder. Every deleted file from anywhere on your Drive will be sent to the Trash.

To restore a deleted file, click the “Trash” symbol seen on the sidebar. Select the file you wish to get back by right clicking the menu and choosing the “Restore” option. To delete it permanently, choose “Delete Forever.”

3. OneDrive

Microsoft’s cloud storage moves deleted files rather than actually getting rid of them. The deleted files are sent to the Recycle Bin. Similar to Google Drive, just click the file you want to retrieve, and right click to “Restore.”

Of course, there are tons of cloud storage services out there, but this should give you a general idea on how to retrieve or permanently remove deleted files.