Microsoft has released a new tool for Windows 10 users. Named Windows File Recovery, it is available in the Microsoft Store. It is a console app, which, as it follows from its name, can be used to restore accidentally deleted, or corrupted files.
Microsoft has announced the app as follows:
If you can’t locate a lost file from your backup, then you can use Windows File Recovery, which is a command line app available from the Microsoft Store. Use this app to try to recover lost files that have been deleted from your local storage device (including internal drives, external drives, and USB devices) and can’t be restored from the Recycle Bin. Recovery on cloud storage and network file shares is not supported.
The app requires Windows 10 build 19041 or later.
Key features of Windows File Recovery
- Target file names, keywords, file paths, or extensions in your recovery
- Recovers JPEG, PDF, PNG, MPEG, Office files, MP3 & MP4, ZIP files and more
- Recover from HDD, SSD, USB, and memory cards
- Supports NTFS, FAT, exFAT and ReFS file systems
There are three modes you can use to recover files: Default, Segment, and Signature. Each mode works best under certain conditions. Here's a brief explanation for them.
|File System||Circumstances||Recommended mode|
|Deleted a while ago||First try Segment, then Signature|
|After formatting a disk|
|A corrupted disk|
|FAT, exFAT, ReFS||Recovery file type is supported||Signature|
The Windows File Recovery tool is available for free on the Microsoft Store.