In Downloadsource.es we have already shown you on occasion how to recover deleted or lost files, however we have always done it using third-party applications that usually are paid or, in the case of being free, have limitations. In addition, the effectiveness of these tools are usually linked to their price, so if we want to use one of them, it is most likely that it is quite expensive. Fortunately, Microsoft has just released a free tool that allows you to recover files quite efficiently.
Related: How to recover deleted files on Windows, external memories and memory cards and using Recuva.
Windows File Recovery Tool is a new command line application released by Microsoft to recover lost / deleted files. Thanks to it, you can recover files from storage devices such as: hard drives, SSDs, SD cards and USB drives.
Furthermore, the tool is capable of recovering files of multiple formats as well as allowing users to recover files filtered by type / format. This last function is really useful since it allows us to discriminate files in which we are not interested in recovering.
If you are interested in recovering lost or deleted files through your Windows 10 computer and you do not want to install third-party or paid programs, below we will show you how to do it with the new free Windows File Recovery tool:
How to recover lost or deleted files with Windows File Recovery tool:
1. The first thing you will have to do is download and install the tool from the official Windows store: Windows File Recovery
2. Line followed opens the CMD with administrator rights.
3. Once in the CMD we must enter and execute the following command:
winfr Letra-Unidad: Ruta-recuperacion [/formatos]
- winfr: Name of the recovery tool.
- Letter-drive: it should be substituted for the drive letter in which the tool will recover files.
- Path-recovery: it should be replaced by the path where you want the recovered file to be saved.
- [/ formatos]: it must be replaced by the file or file format that we want to recover.
Important note: The source drive must not be the same as the drive on which the recovery path is located. If the path to the recovery path has blanks, it must be enclosed in double quotes.
– In this way the command should be something similar to the following example:
winfr D: "C:Recuperar Archivos" /x /y:PNG
In this way the tool will search disk / drive D: files in PNG format that have been deleted. These files will be recovered and saved in the folder: C: Recover Files
4. After executing the command, you must confirm it by pressing the key: Y
5. This will start the scanning process for the specified drive.
6. Once the deleted files have been found, they will be recovered (step 2).
7. When you have finished step 2 and the files have been recovered, you can open the recovery folder where all the recovered files have been saved. To do this you will have to press the Y key again.
Recovery formats you can use in the command:
It uses segment mode, which examines file log segments (FRS).
Searches for a specific file using a file name, file path, or asterisks. For example:
– File name: / n MyFile.docx
|/ X||It uses signature mode, which examines file types and works on all file systems.|
|Search for specific file types. Separate the multiple entries using commas.|
|/ #||Displays the signature mode extension groups and the corresponding file types in each group.|
|/?||Displays a quick summary of syntax and switches for general users.|
|/!||Displays a quick summary of syntax and switches for advanced users.|
It is true that the file recovery tool is not very intuitive since it works through commands and not through a graphical interface. This can cause insecurity in non-advanced users. However, it should be noted that the tool is capable of recovering files deleted a week ago and after having restarted your computer several times since that deletion.
Important note: It should be noted that Windows File Recovery only works from Windows 10 version 2004
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