Lost an important file on your Windows 10 or 11 computer? Unable to locate the lost file from the backup? Then, you can use the free command-line software called Windows File Recovery to recover your lost file.This page shows you how to download, install, and use Windows File Recovery on Windows 10 and Windows 11 computers.
Windows File Recovery- Everything You Need To Know
This file recovery utility helps you recover the lost files from your computer’s local drive, USB flash drive, and memory card. It is completely free and available for both Windows 10 and Windows 11.
This is a command-line utility, so you need to open the CMD app with admin rights and run some commands on it to recover the lost files.
Modes- Windows File Recovery
The Windows File Recovery software comes in three different modes.
Default: Fast scanning. Best for recovering recently deleted files on a drive formatted with NTFS.
Segment: Quit slow. But, best to recover the files from a formatted or corrupted drive.
Signature: Lost a file stored on an exFAT, ReFS, or FAT drive? Then, use this mode of Windows File Recovery to recover it.
Downloading, Installing, And Opening Windows File Recovery
You can download and install this free file recovery software directly from the Microsoft Store.
Go to Microsoft Store.
Search for the Windows File Recovery app.
Click on the button named Get in Store app to download and install the software on your computer.
After doing that, open the app to begin the recovery process.
To do so, open the Start menu on your Windows 10 or 11 computer.
Type “File recover…” and tap Enter.
Locate and click on the Windows File Recovery app icon from the suggestion list.
Make sure that the app is opened with admin rights.
Now, you can see the Command Prompt app opened on the screen.
Recovering Files With The Windows File Recovery Software
Initially, connect the drive (from which you want to recover the files) to your computer.
Now, you have to choose the source drive (from which you want to recover the file) and the destination drive (to which you wish to save the drive). You can’t save the recovered files to their source location.
To do so, run the command given below in the CMD window:
Now, the tool will create a folder called “Recovery_[date and time]” in the destination drive. The recovered files will be restored to this folder.
Recover the lost or deleted files with the Windows File Recovery software by following the prompts displayed on the screen
Command And Its Meaning
source-drive: Your source drive’s letter. For example, C, D, etc.M
destination-folder: The drive letter of your destination folder. For example, J.M
/mode: Default, Segment, or Signature. M
If you’re using the Default mode, type “/n” followed by the file type. M
For example, /n *.docx. M
For Segment: Type “/r /n” followed by the file type.M
For example, “/r /n *.mp3M
For Signature: Type “/x /y:” followed by the file types, such as .wma, WMV, pdf, png, zip, odf, etc.M
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