At the end of June Microsoft released a free software tool for recovering deleted files – Windows File Recovery (WINFR). Software helps you to recover accidentally deleted important files. Tell how to do it
As noted by channel 24, this tool works only with Windows 10, version 2004 (build 19041 or older), and it has no GUI, you need to use the command line. To complete the work WINFR (winfr.exe) also it is better to run with administrator rights. WINFR does not support the network and cloud storage.
That capable Windows File Recovery
- HDD, SSD ( there are limitations due to the use of TRIM), external USB drives and memory cards;
- file systems: NTFS, FAT, exFAT, and ReFS;
- different file types, including JPEG, PDF, PNG, MPEG, Office (doc / xlsx), MP3, MP4, ZIP, and others.
Windows File Recovery can work in three modes – Default (used by Master File Table), Segment (NTFS only), and Signature (search by signatures files, recommended by Microsoft mode when restoring from external storage device).
Detailed instructions for the utility are available in WINFR
- Examples of commands WINFR in the Default mode
Folder data recovery you need to create in advance, WINFR does not create them):
restore a specific file from the C: drive in a directory on the D:drive
winfr C: E: /n Users DocumentsQuarterlyStatement.docx
restoring files with the extension jpeg and png files from the folder “Images” in a separate directory on the D:drive
winfr C: D: /n Users Pictures*. JPEG / n Users Pictures*. PNG
restore the folder “Documents” to a separate directory on the D: drive
winfr C: D: /n Users Documents
- Examples of commands WINFR in the cut Segment (/r):
restore files with extension PDF or DOCX from the C: drive in a directory on the D:drive
winfr C: E: /r /n * .pdf /n * .docx Documents
recovery of every file with the word invoice in the name on C: drive in a directory on the D: drive (use wildcards):
winfr C: E: /r /n * invoice *
- Examples of commands WINFR in the Signature cut (/x):
restore files with the file extension JPEG (jpg, jpeg, jpe, jif, jfif, jfi) from the C: drive in a directory on the D:drive
winfr C: D: /x /y: JPEG, PNG
file recovery ZIP (zip, docx, xlsx, ptpx and others) from the C: drive in a directory on the D:drive
winfr C: D: RecoveryTest /x /y: ZIP
Besides the enthusiasts on the portal ghacks.net also published instructions for using Windows File Recovery, which he described highlights of the work tool.
It turns out that, for example, in WINFR scanning is quite slow, although it depends on the amount and content of disk drive and after completion of recovery process, you can immediately view the restored file Explorer. In the process, WINFR creates a log file with detailed information about the saved file.
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