Microsoft launched Windows File Recovery, a new application for the company’s operating system that allows you to recover accidentally deleted files. The tool is now available and can be downloaded for free from the Windows 10 store.
Microsoft’s solution looks similar to Command Prompt and uses lines of code to recover deleted files. According to the description provided by the company, the program can be used to bring back ZIP folders, MP3, MP4 files, JPEG images, PDF and Office documents.
Windows File Recovery can be used to recover files on the operating system itself and also on external partitions. The company points out that the program works on HDDs, SSDs and also USB devices.
The tool supports NTFS, FAT, exFAT and ReFS file systems. Like other recovery solutions, the Microsoft program should be used as soon as the file is deleted, to ensure that the space is not reused.
How to use Windows File Recovery
Although it is already available for download, Windows File Recovery can only be installed on computers with Windows 10 starting with version 19041. For those who have the compatible system, installation is fast and requires only 8.29 MB of free storage.
Windows File Recovery requires the use of command lines, but all instructions for use can be found on this official Microsoft website. In addition, the user can easily obtain the codes by opening the app and typing “winfr”, without quotes.
The program can be used in three modes. Default (default) searches using the MFT (Master File Table) system and is a quick way to recover recently deleted files.
Segment mode, as the name implies, uses segments from the MFT file system and does more targeted searches. Finally, the application also has the Signarute tool, which tries to perform recoveries in FAT, exFAT and ReFS. The function can be used on external devices, but it also takes longer to perform the restore procedure.