This article describes how to use Windows File Recovery Tool to recover deleted files. Microsoft recently launched a new File Recovery Tool for Windows 10. The launch is discreet without any blog posts or announcements and the tool is instantly available on the Microsoft Store. This tool allows users to recover various types of files from hard disks, pendrives, USB drives and SD cards.
Windoes File Recovery Tool installs command line tools on Windows 10 when installed; it’s called “winfr”. You can use command line tools to recover files from a given folder. The tool has three modes for recovery where each mode uses different techniques to recover files and one works well with external storage devices.
The new Windows File Recovery Tool is only for Windows 10 and you can get it from Microsoft Store. When you install that app from the store, it installs the winfr command line tool on your system. After that, you can use it via command line with administrator access.
How to Install a New Windows File Recovery Tool
To get started, install the File Recovery Tool from the Microsoft Store. You can open the Store and search for “Windows File Recovery” or just click this link to download it.
Once installed, open the Start menu and search for “File Recovery“Launch shortcut.”Windows File Recovery” one time and click “Yes” to the UAC prompt.
You will see a Command Prompt window with Administrator access. This is where you will run the File Recovery command.
You can use other command line environments like Windows Terminal and PowerShell, but make sure to launch them with Administrator access. (In the Start menu, right-click the one you want to use and select “Run as Administrator.”)
How to Use the New Windows File Recovery Tool
In Command Prompt, you can type the following command to know the commands and syntax on how to use this tool:
winfr it shows all the basic functions of the tool
winfr /! it will show advanced options
Here are the three modes that the new Windows File Recovery Tool offers:
In this mode, the Master File Table (MFT) is used to search for deleted files. It works fine when there are File Record Segments (FRS). This mode lets you find lost files based on their format. For example, if you lost folder (D:\images) of JPG images then you can run the following command to recover those images and save them to E:\ drive
winfr D: E: /n \image\*.PNG
This mode does not require File Record Segments (FRS) and can work based on the Master File Table (MFT). Uses indexing to find missing files by filename. For example, if you lose a file which has name “outdoor” from drive E, you can run the following command to recover that file to drive F:
winfr E: F: /r /n *outdoor*
In this mode, you can search for lost files based on their file type. It works well with external devices. For example, if you want to recover PPTX files from drive E then you can run the following command to recover and save those files to F:\recovered folder:
winfr E: F:\recovered /x /y:PPTX
Red Thread | That’s the way how you can use the new File Recovery Tool in Windows 10. Not sure if this tool can recover all deleted files and everything works like the original one. However, this tool is worth a try.