Delete Your Data by Accident? Windows 10 Has an App for That

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Uh-oh, you just finished a project (a little too close to its deadline) and accidentally hit ‘delete’. You weren’t paying attention when it asked if you were sure, and clicked yes anyway. It’s gone. Hours and hours of hard work disappeared in an instant.

What if there was a way to easily recover your file?

We’re here to announce Microsoft’s newest utility called Windows File Recovery, which will do exactly that. Recover damaged or deleted files. Yay!

Available for Windows 10 version 2004 and above, Windows File Recovery will help all of us come back from those “oops” moments with a sigh of relief.

The Microsoft Store listing for the app itself explains, “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.”

ZDnet explains this tool is for experienced and advanced Windows users “familiar with Microsoft’s command-line interpreter, Command Prompt (cmd).” Meaning:  

Windows File Recovery

Windows File Recovery is a command-line app, used to recover files that have been deleted from local storage and can’t be restored from the usual Recycle Bin. Keep that in mind, because it means recovery from cloud storage and network file shares is not supported. 

The NT file system (NTFS) recovery means that a deleted file is marked as ‘free space’, so users will need to minimize their computer use before using the recovery application to make sure the computer hasn’t overwritten the free space.

Basically, recover your files immediately, don’t wait. But would we anyway? Probably not.

There are three available modes in Windows File Recovery including Default, Segment, and Signature. Windows recommends using Signature mode to recover files from non-NTFS file systems used for SD cards and USB drives.

Default mode uses the Master File Table (MFT) to locate lost files. “Default mode works well when the MFT and file segments, also called File Record Segments (FRS), are present,” says Microsoft.

Segment mode does not require the MFT but does require segments. “Segments are summaries of file information that NTFS stores in the MFT such as name, date, size, type and the cluster/allocation unit index,” it says.

Signature mode only requires that the data is present and searches for specific file types. “It doesn’t work for small files. To recover a file on an external storage device, such as a USB drive, you can only use Signature mode,” says the support note.”

Windows just prevented so many future headaches from happening, and we can’t thank them enough.

If you need assistance switching your office to Windows 10, or require managed IT services, we’re here to help. Contact us today at (714) 970-9330.

-Emmy Seigler

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-windows-10-tool-this-free-microsoft-app-helps-you-recover-deleted-or-corrupted-data/?ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=28837826891618282212917048574090&mid=12902647&cid=2176732464

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