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.
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:
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.
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
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*
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
Note: Don’t forget the backslash (\) at the end of the folder.
winfr C: G: /n \Users\yourusername\Documents\
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
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.