How to Restore Files to an Earlier Date

by Michelle Carvo
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Even the most experienced PC user may occasionally do something they wish to undo. This is especially the case when it comes to files that have been lost or need to be restored to an earlier date. In either case, the only option for restoring a file is to recover it using a data recovery program such as Pandora free data recovery.

Step 1

Download Pandora Data Recovery or a similar data recovery program. Save it to your Desktop. Double-click the installation file for Pandora or your chosen data recovery program and click “Next” on the next two screens to start the installation.

Step 2

Click “Finish” to complete the installation. Open Pandora or your data recovery program by going to “Start," then "Programs," then "Pandora Data Recovery" or the name of the data recovery program you've chosen.

Step 3

Click the “Search” tab at the top of the screen. Click “Search Drive” and select “Local disk (C:).”

Step 4

Type in the filename of the file you want to restore to an earlier date in the field next to “File Name.” Click “Search.” Pandora or your chosen data recovery program will then begin searching for earlier versions of that file.

Right-click the version you want to restore and select “Recover.” Pandora or your data recovery program will recover the file. Once the recovery is complete, you have restored the file to an earlier date.


  • Search without the filename if you can’t find your file at first. Even if you type in the correct filename, sometimes you still won’t find the file. That’s why it’s a good idea to search without the filename restriction. It’ll take more time, but you will find the file you want to restore.


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About the Author

Michelle Carvo has been writing professionally since 2006, contributing to a variety of websites. She is also a technical writer with extensive experience in Android/iPhone development and PC repair. Carvo holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from the University of Michigan-Flint and works as an IT SEO project manager.

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