Windows File Recovery lets you recover deleted files from the command line

Posted on Monday, June 29 2020 @ 10:37:12 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Sometimes you (or someone else) accidentally deletes a file that shouldn't have been deleted. I have the habit of using shift + delete to skip the Recycle Bin and getting back files that have been permanently deleted can be quite hard. There are various tools available for this, but the success rate isn't always good.

Now there's a new option as Microsoft rolled out the free Windows File Recovery tool. You can grab it over here. It's a command line-based tool, so this will not be for everyone, and according to the system requirements you need Windows 10 version 2004 so if you don't have the latest version of Windows it may not work.

Windows File Recovery supports NTFS, FAT, exFAT, and ReFS disks and flash cards. Details on how to use the tool can be found at Microsoft. At the moment, not all file types are supported. Supported file types include popular image, video, Office, PDF, and ZIP file formats.
Accidentally deleted an important file? Wiped clean your hard drive? Unsure of what to do with corrupted data? Windows File Recovery can help recover your personal data.

For photos, documents, videos and more, Windows File Recovery supports many file types to help ensure that your data is not permanently lost.

Recovering from a camera or SD card? Try Signature mode, which expands beyond NTFS recovery and caters to your storage device needs. Let this app be your first choice for helping to find what you need from your hard drive, SSD (*limited by TRIM), USB drive, or memory cards.