How To Recover Your Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

Following the release of Windows 10 2004 Build late last month, Microsoft has introduced a new Windows Recovery Tool to Windows 10 computers for recovering deleted files . Though, there are plenty of data recovery programs, the unique part about this tool is that it’s native to the Microsoft’s OS, so it works much better than third-party software. This simply implies that, the chances of data recovery will basically be much higher than any other tool.

The only challenge most users will have with the new Windows Recovery Tool is that, it is a command-line program which is not what everyone likes to see. Anyway, we are going to make it simpler to understand so that you can get your files back easily. With that in mind, let’s go straight to the guide and learn how to recover deleted files using Windows Recovery Tool.

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

Before we start, please be aware that Windows Recovery Tool works with HDD, SSD, external hard drives, USB drives, and even SD cards which is just too cool. Apart from that, you should be running Windows 10 2004 build (June 2020 update) and above to have access to this feature. With that out of the way, let’s now jump to the steps.

1. First off, download the Windows Recovery Tool (free) from Microsoft Store.

2. After the installation, open Command Prompt using the Administrator privilege. Now, run winfr and it will show you all command-line syntax of Windows File Recovery. Do not worry, here I am going to explain everything in detail.

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

3. The simplest way to recover files is to use the below syntax. Just type winfr and enter the drive that you want to search for deleted files. Next, enter the drive where you want to store the recovered files. For example, here I am searching the whole C drive for deleted files and storing the recovered files on the G drive.

Note: If the process is taking too much time then you can press Ctrl + C to abort the operation instantly.

winfr C: G:

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

4. After running the above command, you will be asked to press “Y” to continue the scanning process. Once you do that, your files will be recovered and stored in a custom folder in G drive. This is the easiest way to recover deleted files using the new Windows Recovery Tool.

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

5. If you want to scan for a particular file format then follow the below syntax. Here, I am searching for deleted PDF files in C drive and storing the recovered files in G drive.

winfr C: G: /r /n *.pdf

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

For DOCX files:

winfr C: G: /r /n *.docx

You can use the same syntax for MP3, MP4, DOC, PPT, ZIP, and other file formats.

6. If you want to find a file based on its name then use the below syntax. Easy peasy!

winfr C: G: /r /n *filename*

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

7. If the combination of /r and /n doesn’t yield satisfactory results for you then you can use an advanced “Signature” mode to recover deleted files. You need to replace /r /n with /x /y for deep scanning.

winfr C: G: /x /y:PDF

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

7. In case, you want to scan a particular folder for deleted files then follow the below syntax. For instance, here I am searching for deleted files on the desktop which is located under the C drive. The recovered files will be stored in G drive. You can also use this command to recover a whole folder.

Note: Don’t forget the backslash (\) at the end of the folder.

winfr C: G: /n \Users\yourusername\Documents\

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

8. And if you want to scan a particular file format in a specific folder then here is the syntax to follow. This will retrieve PDF files from the Documents folder which is located under the C drive. And the restored files will be saved in G drive.

winfr C: G: /n \Users\yourusername\Documents\*.PDF

Recover Deleted Files Using Windows Recovery Tool

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Can We Recover Permanently Deleted Files in Windows 10?

Yes, you can. But it’s strongly recommended that you recover the deleted files as soon as possible. It will ensure that the deleted files are not overwritten.

Q. How Do I Recover a Deleted File in Windows?

You will have to install Windows Recovery Tool and then use Command Prompt to start the recovery process. I have explained the instructions in detail above so go through that.

Q. How Do I Recover Permanently Deleted Files From My Computer?

Windows Recovery Tool has two modes: Segment and Signature. Segment is set by default and it works most of the time. However, if it fails to recover the permanently deleted files then you can use the Signature mode. It will surely help you retrieve permanently deleted files on your Windows PC. Go through the tutorial for more details.

Q. Where Do Deleted Files Go?

When you delete a file, it does not get erased from the hard disk completely. Only the pointer to the file is removed from the end-user so no one can access it. However, the file is available in the hard disk sector and it will remain there until it’s overwritten by another set of data.

How To Retrieve Deleted Files and Folders With Windows Recovery Tool

So that is how you can recover deleted files using the new Windows Recovery Tool. I know the process is somewhat complex, but once you get the gist, you can easily get your files back. And if you want to learn more about this new tool then you can head over to Microsoft’s guide over here. Anyway, that’s all from us. If are facing any issues then do comment down below and let us know.

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