Windows File Recovery utility

Windows File Recovery Utility is a powerful built-in tool introduced by Microsoft, designed to help users recover accidentally deleted files and folders on Windows-based systems.

Whether you've accidentally emptied your Recycle Bin or lost data due to system errors, this utility can come to your rescue. The utility provides progressive algorithms to scan and pinpoint recoverable files. One of the highlights of the Windows Files Recovery Utility is how it can adapt to different file formats such as audio files, images, documents and videos. The versatility makes it good for both professional and personal users that might have expierienced data loss.

The quick scan mode easily restores recently deleted files, whereas the deep scan mode recovers files buried deep into the storage media. This can enable users to pick the best recovery method based on what they need.

The utility operates through a Command Prompt interface. Familiarize yourself with the available commands: winfr, winfr source-drive: destination-drive:.

To begin the recovery process, enter the command winfr source-drive: destination-drive: -regular and press Enter. Replace "source-drive" with the location of the drive containing lost files and "destination-drive" where you want to store the recovered data. The recovery process may take some time, depending on the size and number of files. Monitor progress and ensure your system remains active during this phase.

With the Windows File Recovery Utility, regaining lost data on Windows systems is a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can maximize the utility's potential and recover valuable files without the need for third-party software. Remember always to have a backup of your data to avoid data loss in the first place.



Further reading

Windows File Recovery command prompts

Hard drive beeping

Windows 11 security features