If you have never had to recover a file in Windows, you are in the minority. At some point in time, many of us have accidentally deleted a file on either a drive or removable storage like an SD card or USB stick.
While there are tons of third-party tools that Google will surface, you never quite know if these tools will work or worse, if they are installing malware or crypto mining software in the background. That’s where professional services come into play but those options can be expensive and depending on the task, completely overkill.
Microsoft has a new application that makes it easy to recover files, and it’s called Windows File Recovery. and below you will find a tutorial about how to use the application. If you need additional documentation, you can find that here.
The first thing you will need to do is download the recovery tool and also make sure you are running Windows 10 2004 (Windows 10 version released Spring 2020) or later. You can download the application from the link below:
Download: Microsoft Windows File Recovery Tool
It’s important to understand which file system your device is using as this will help to determine which mode you should use. The file recovery tool supports FAT/exFAT/ReFS/and NTFS. Us the table below to determine which mode you should be using.
Command Line Syntax:
When entering your commands, here is a breakdown of the parameters that you will need to know:
How to Recover lost files on Windows 10
If you need to recover files in Windows 10, the first thing you will need to do is to download the app from the store.
Important to Remember:
If you are trying to recover a file from your device, you need to stop writing content to the disk immediately. For best results, once the file is deleted, you need to try and recover the contents at that time, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to retrieve the file
As a default, you should always create full backups of your devices and not depend on a tool such as this one to retrieve files. This type of application works best for immediately recovering contents, not trying to recover a file from three weeks ago.