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News hardware & software 30 June 2020, 14:04

author: mikos

Microsoft Enables Free Data Recovery in Windows 10

Microsoft offers its own solution for recovering deleted files in Windows 10. For free.

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Microsoft wants to help us recover our files.

Almost all of us sometimes happen to delete a file - whether it's a photo or a very important document, or just something we need in the future. The first thing that usually comes to mind (apart from panic and fear) is to find some special program on the Internet to restore the deleted data. However, not everyone wants to look for external software on their own, and often we just don't trust programs from different publishers, because the word "free" most often means a sea of ads, or a "premium" option, without which the application is virtually useless. What's more, we don't know to what extent our operation will be safe. In order to meet the need for such a data recovery tool, Microsoft decided to make its software available for free.

Windows File Recovery is a program that only runs on Windows 10 version 2004 or later, available in Microsoft Store. It is used to quickly recover lost data and restore it to the place of our choice. The only drawback may be the fact that it doesn't have a graphic interface, because the whole application is supported from the command line level (but these are not complicated actions). The program has three modes of operation: Default (helpful in most situations), Segment (recommended when the file we want to recover was deleted a long time ago, the disk was defragmented or broken and when the default mode has failed) and Signature (recommended when restoring data from disks in FAT, exFat or ReFS formats - usually from USB storage and SD cards).

As for the program's opperation, let's assume that we want to recover the file located on drive "C" and restore it to drive "E". We must then write the following command into the program: "winfr C: E: /n Users\user_name\file_location\file_name.extension".

The application itself takes up just over 8 MB, so we can easily keep it on our HDD "just in case". The only thing that remains is to wait until Microsoft develops its product and gives it some kind of graphic interface, which will certainly make it even easier to use.

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