How to recover deleted files using Windows 10 itself?

How to recover deleted files using Windows 10 itself?

You may be the most careful user in the world, but at some point in your life, you may accidentally delete a file. On other occasions, you may still be able to delete a document that you no longer need, and someone will request it again. It was because of situations like these that Microsoft launched Windows File Recovery, a tool used to recover accidentally deleted files.

You can download Windows File Recovery directly from the Microsoft store. The application runs on Windows 10 only from version 2004 (updated May 2020) and requires the use of command lines.

The app is small and requires less than nine megabytes of disk space, but it is important to note that, to use it, you will need at least two parties: the source (from where the files were deleted) and the destination (where files will be restored). In addition, it recovers a limited number of file types (see the download page for more information).

How to use Windows File Recovery

When opening WFR, it presents some information and examples of commands. Although the app works from the command prompt, it is easy to use. Observe the steps below to get an idea of ​​how you should use the commands on your machine:

1. The first thing to do, download Windows File Recovery. To do this, open the Microsoft store on Windows 10 and search for the name of the app, or click this link;

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2. Open the app, which should be at the top of the Start menu. There is an indication of how to use the command and attributes, examples of commands, the address of the user's guide (online) and the support email;

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3. In our example, we will recover JPG image files, which have been deleted from the C: drive, and save them in the Recovered folder, which is on the D: drive. The command looked like this: winfr C: D: Recovered / Y: jpg. When pressing Enter, the app asks to confirm with y (yes) or n (no);

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4. After typing y and pressing Enter on the keyboard, the partition scan and file restoration are started. The process will take according to the amount of files to be recovered, and the size and speed of the storage device.

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After the process is completed, enter the folder created for restoring the Recovery files, within Recovered, on the D: drive. There, you should find everything the app has managed to restore.

For more advanced restores, read the Windows File Recovery user guide by clicking here.