Microsoft’s Windows File Recovery tool recovers your lost data

Accidentally deleted your data? Microsoft’s new Windows File Recovery tool will recover it for free.

Have you been in a situation where you mistakenly and permanently deleted an important file from your computer only to regret later? Or, sometimes, your machine may break resulting in the loss of crucial data.

Luckily to help you recover from such situations, Microsoft has recently released a new tool named Windows File Recovery. Built for Windows 10 version 19041.0 and higher; the tool supports a range of file types and can help restore photos, audio, documents, videos, and much more.

To start with, the tool has 3 different modes for varying situations. The filesystem of Windows – NTFS – operates in such a way that whenever a file is deleted, space previously used by it is categorized as free space but when someone makes further changes while continuing the use of their computer, that space can be overwritten with new data making it difficult to recover the lost data.

Therefore, the very first mode termed as Default uses the Master File Table (MFT) which is an internal database for recovering data when it has been recently deleted.

However, in the case that the user has made changes such as formatted their drive, or perhaps corrupted it, then the Segment mode can be used. In the case that this too does not work, the last mode is dubbed as Signature and it can also be used.

In addition, this mode also works to support files that do not use Windows’s file system such as FAT and to recover data from external devices such as a USB.

Image: Microsoft’s support forum

A downside with this tool though is that it is built for advanced users. But what would prevent novices from using it? The command line – the tool does not function through a graphical unit interface(GUI) and so users comfortable with using Window’s Command Prompt (CMD) are at an advantage here.

Moreover, cloud storage and network file sharing is also not supported within the recovery options albeit even the current offerings are good enough.

To conclude, this will prevent Windows users from flocking to third-party data recovery tools the moment their data gets lost. Apart from being of ease, another benefit arising from this is that these users would be saved from potentially installing third-party malicious apps helping on the security front in the long run.

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