Microsoft has announced the launch of Windows File Recovery, a new tool that will allow users of its operating system to recover files deleted from the machine they are working with, from an external hard drive and even from SD cards.
Windows File Recovery is not an application as such. It is actually a utility that runs through the Windows terminal. With it, users can restore deleted files of all kinds, including Microsoft Office documents, PDF files, MP3 audio files, or JEPG images. The complete list of files recoverable with this utility can be found on the Microsoft website.
The utility can also be used on NTFS disks as well as on drives with FAT, exFAT and ReFS file systems. The process, however, varies depending on the file system in the memory in question.
When a file is deleted from a storage unit, it does not disappear immediately. It is necessary to overwrite the portion of the memory where it was located so that it disappears completely from the memory. For this reason, it is important that the recovery process through Windows File Recovery starts as soon as possible. Otherwise, the operating system may overwrite the memory fragment in which the desired file is located, which would prevent its recovery.
“If you want to increase the chances of recovering a file, minimize or avoid using your computer. On the Windows file system, the space used by a deleted file is marked as free space, which means that the file data can exist and be recovered. But any use of the computer can create files, which could overwrite this free space at any time,” explains Microsoft.
The different commands needed to use Windows File Recovery can be found on the Microsoft website. The company clarifies that, in order to use this tool and recover deleted files on a drive, it is necessary to have Windows 10 build 19041 or later.