Windows Files Recovery Tool

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2022 ( 7 months ago)

Last updated: March 19th, 2022

Windows 10 2004 Build has been released. So there is a very important new feature among the features added to this build. That is the Windows Recovery Tool. The name implies the purpose of this. This is designed to recover deleted files. So no matter how many data recovery softwares there are, the unique thing about this is that it is native to Windows so it can be run more effectively than other third party softwares. As a result, the chance of data recovery is much higher. But there is only one small problem. This tool works with a command line interface or a CLI.

So it's not easy for everyone. Somehow I write this as simple as I can because you can easily recover your files. So with that in mind, let's see how we can recover deleted files from Windows Recovery Tool.

So before starting this guide I have one thing to remind you. That's what makes Windows Recovery Tool work seamlessly, even with HDD, SSD, external hard drives, USB drives, and SD cards. It's very easy. In addition, you need to have Windows 10 2004 build (June 2020 update) installed. So with that in mind, let's get to work.

1. Windows File Recovery Tool Download

First download the Windows Recovery Tool from the Microsoft Store.

Download Windows File Recovery Tool

2. After installation, open the Command Prompt from Administrator privilege and run winfr. It will then show you the command-line syntax of Windows File Recovery. I will explain everything here.

3. The simplest way to recover files is to use the syntax below. Type winfr and enter the desired drive to search for deleted files. Next, you need to enter the drive required to store the recovered files. For example, here I will search for C deleted files and store those files in G.

Note: If this process seems to take a long time, you can abort it immediately by pressing Ctrl + C.

winfr C: G:

4. After running the above command, you will be notified to press ‘Y’ to continue the scanning progress. Then your files will be recovered and stored in a custom folder in G. So this is the easiest method to recover from this tool.

5. So if you want to recover only one file format you can follow the syntax below. Here I am searching for a deleted PDF file in C. I store it in G.

winfr C: G: / r / n * .pdf

For DOCX files:

winfr C: G: / r / n * .docx

The same syntax can be used for MP3, MP4, DOC, PPT, ZIP, and other file formats.

6. You can search and recover from the file name itself as per the syntax below.

winfr C: G: / r / n * filename *

7. If the combination of / r and / n does not give a satisfactory result, you can use the advanced "Signature" mode to recover deleted files. Here / r and / n have to be replaced by / x and / y for deep scanning.

winfr C: G: / x / y: PDF

8. If at any time you want to scan a folder to find deleted files you can follow the syntax below. So here I am going to scan a deleted file on the desktop. (The desktop is located in C). Recover hot file is stored in G. You can also use this command to recover an entire folder.

Note: Do not forget the backslash () at the end of the folder.

winfr C: G: / n Users yourusername Documents

9. If you want to recover a single file format in a specific folder, you can use this syntax here. For example, here you can recover PDF files from the Documents folder in C. G will be restored.

winfr C: G: / n Users yourusername Documents *. PDF