Microsoft’s official free data recovery tool Windows File Recovery Experience

In daily work, you often encounter the situation of file deletion or accidental formatting of the disk. If the data is not important, usually our choice is to download a recovery software to manually recover. Of course, as you know, these softwares are not free and are usually expensive!

Microsoft recently launched a free version of its data recovery tool in its App Store to recover files that were accidentally deleted. How good is it? The editor did some test.

Microsoft's official free data recovery tool Windows File Recovery Experience

Microsoft’s official free data recovery tool

1. Download and install

Open the Win10 Store, search for Windows File Recovery, or click directly on the link below to go to the download page. If it’s a first installation, a Get button appears on the page, which becomes Install/Open if it’s already installed before.

Windows File Recovery: https://www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9N26S50LN705

Microsoft's official free data recovery tool Windows File Recovery Experience

Click the “Get” button on the first installation

The download process is not tabled for the time being, in short, as prompted. Finally, click on the “Start” button on the panel to see the true appearance of Windows File Recovery, which turned out to be a black-painted command prompt. That’s right! This is the tool Microsoft has provided us with, a free command line data recovery software.

Microsoft's official free data recovery tool Windows File Recovery Experience

This is the legendary “free data recovery software”, unexpected!

2. Support for local disk recovery

Windows File Recovery supports multiple file systems such as NTFS, exFAT, FAT, ReFS, and can be restored in a variety of file formats, such as photos, videos, documents, and so on. Let’s say you can use it to recover deleted files on HDDs (hard drives), or deleted files on flash memory (e.g. USB drives, memory cards), sSDs (SSDs). However, due to the special mechanism of SSD, the chances of successful recovery are usually lower, which is consistent with other data recovery software.

3. Specific usage

Windows File Recovery supports three recovery modes: Normal, Segment mode, Signature, each using the following scenarios:

1) Normal mode: for recently deleted file recovery, supported file format ntFS;

2) Segment mode: used to recover files that have been deleted for a period of time, or to perform a recovery operation on a formatted disk;

3) Signature mode: for FAT, exFAT, ReFS and other file system recovery, in addition, if other recovery mode is not smooth, you can also use this mode to try;

Next is the command syntax: winfr (the disk character where the deleted file is located) (recovery file corresponding disk character) (/switch) file detailed path

For example, we’re going to retrieve the next file called “Pacific.txt” with the order: winfr e: d: /n?test.pacific.txt.

The recovery process depends on the number of files, usually for a few seconds or minutes. When the command is complete, a recovery folder (automatically established) is established on the target disk, where all recovery files are placed. In addition, the software will generate a recovery report after the recovery, of course, you can also choose not to generate!

Microsoft's official free data recovery tool Windows File Recovery Experience

Recovery in progress …

In addition to the most common file name recovery above, Winfr also supports the wildcard, which is also used in line with other command lines. Let’s say restore jpeg and png photos from the Pictures folder to e:dial, with the corresponding command:

Winfr C: E: /n.n.twitter.com/users.com/user.com/pictures.com JPEG /n .users.twitter.com/users.com/users.com/users.com/users.com/users.com/j.d-N Png

Here’s how to restore the entire folder, and be careful not to forget the backslash at the end of the folder:

Winfr C: E: /n.n.twitter.com/users

Microsoft's official free data recovery tool Windows File Recovery Experience

Recovery results

In addition, in order to make it easy for users to master, Microsoft also provides a command description page for novices to familiarize themselves with. Website: https://support.microsoft.com/zh-cn/help/4538642/windows-10-restore-lost-files, children’s shoes of interest may be taken in a bit, very comprehensive, and can be translated into Chinese.

Microsoft's official free data recovery tool Windows File Recovery Experience

The description page provided by Microsoft describes in detail how to use the parameters

Write at the end

Overall, Windows File Recovery provides similar recovery capabilities, as does other data recovery software. With its own multiple recovery modes, it is more flexible than traditional system-based software. Of course, no recovery tool can guarantee a 100% success. To increase the recovery success rate, you need to reduce unnecessary disk operations until it returns to normal.

Of course, there’s something to say, and windows File Recovery, a full-command line mode, does have a bit of a pull-out compared to the wide variety of recovery software on the market. In addition to requiring users to have some common sense of data recovery, there is also some understanding of the Windows command line. So its use object is actually the enterprise IT administrator, not the ordinary user. In addition, the tool only supports local file recovery (e.g. USB drive, hard disk, mobile hard disk, etc.), if it is a network sharing folder is powerless!