There are several ways to deal with a deleted Favorites folder including restoring the folder from the Recycle Bin or from a backup, using a data recovery program, or creating a new one and starting over. However, before doing anything, it’s not a bad idea to make sure that the deleted Favorites folder wasn’t just a shortcut (which is easy to recreate).
Double-checking the Users Folder for Deleted Favorites
By default the Favorites folder is stored in the Users folder under the specific user profile associated with it. Check this folder to make sure that the original folder is missing. If you go to C:\users\[your user profile]\ and see the Favorites folder, then it’s likely that what you actually deleted was just a shortcut. If so, you can recreate the shortcut by right-clicking the Favorites folder and choosing Send to> Desktop (create shortcut). This will place a shortcut to the original Favorites folder to your desktop.
Restoring the Deleted Favorites Folder from the Recycle Bin
If you just recently deleted it, then the deleted Favorites folder is probably still in the Recycle Bin. As long as you haven’t emptied the Recycle Bin, it should be right there waiting to be restored. Open the Recycle Bin, sort the items if needed (either alphabetically or by date), and find the deleted Favorites folder. Right-click the folder and choose Restore. This will put the folder right back where it belongs.
Restoring the Deleted Favorites Folder from a Backup
If your computer is backed up regularly, and if the Users\Favorites folder was backed up, you can use your backup software to restore the folder. The process varies based on what backup software or online service you use. In general, you’ll want to get into the user interface for the backup application and select the “restore” section. From there, it’s usually a simple matter of finding the folder you want to restore and following the prompts to restore it to its original location.
Restoring the Deleted Favorites Folder with Data Recovery Tools
If you’ve emptied the Recycle Bin, your deleted Favorites folder could be recovered by data recovery tools if the deletion was recent. However, these tools usually cost money, so you’ll need to determine how important recovering the folder is to you. Data recovery tools can recover “deleted” files and folders due to the way Windows handles deletion. Windows doesn’t instantly delete deleted items; instead, it removes them from view and allows new programs and data to eventually overwrite them.
Creating a New Favorites Folder and Starting from Scratch
While it may be difficult to come to terms with a deleted Favorites folder, if you exhausted your recovery options or decided that you want to recreate it, creating a new folder is easy. The hard part is remembering which sites to add. To create a new folder, use Windows Explorer to go to C:\users\[your user profile]. Click on New Folder and name it Favorites. Windows should recognize this and create a folder with the same Favorites icon and general properties.