How to Find A missing File

Have you lost a file, and you’re not sure how?

Digital files get missing for many reasons. And even the most valid reasons don’t make losing a file less disconcerting.

The search for a missing file can be very frustrating, and so is downloading a heavy vacuum. If you’ve lost a downloaded or shared file, there are steps you can take to make a recovery.

But before jumping into recovery mode, let’s figure out what a lost file is.

Lost files in this context are not deleted files. They’re files that occupy space and yet remain invisible. A file erased from your computer’s memory is irrecoverable.  With file-sharing services such as, you can easily monitor your memory usage. And one way to ascertain the presence of a lost file is to keep a log of your memory space before each upload and download.

If you have an invisible file taking up memory space, the following tips will help you find it.

#1. Check your recycle bin

Your recycle bin is probably the first place you go to recover a deleted file. Interestingly, deleted files are not the only thing you’d find in a recycle bin. Depending on the kind of file-sharing software you use, a change in the location of your file would automatically create a copy of that file. The duplicate often goes to the new site, and the original goes into the recycle bin.  It’s usually hard to find an automated file copy as specific features like the format, name, and size might change. So using the search bar would likely prove futile.

 Go straight to your recycle bin, and you might save yourself some stress.

#2. Use the shared link

If an administrator moves a file from the shared list, you might not find it in the recycle bin. Still, you’d have access to the file via the original link shared with your email.

File sharing links don’t expire or change, but an administrator can change the kind of access other members have to the file. Your administrator might require extra permission or allow only a preview of that file. However, a file link always stays connected to the source file unless deleted.

#3. Search for the file type

Searching for a missing file using keywords from the file name is excellent. But what if you can’t remember the file name, or maybe the source name changed after a download?

 File names often change, but file formats rarely do. Search for your file using the file type like, .doc, .mp3, .docx, .jpg.

And if your file sharing service provider doesn’t have some of the recovery features stated above, it’s time you move on to the best thing.

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