When you delete a file in Windows, it gets dumped into the
Recycle Bin. It’s easy to restore files from the Recycle Bin in
Windows 10 as long as you haven’t emptied it or deleted the
If your custom size setting for the Recycle Bin is too small,
Windows will also permanently delete files when there’s no room
in the bin. While there are several third-party apps to recover
your lost data, Microsoft has confirmed that they are also
working on a new command line-based recovery tool to help you
recover your deleted data.
The command-line based ‘Windows File Recovery’ might come in
handy when you’ve accidentally deleted your important file and
emptied the Recycle Bin. Microsoft says users can also use the
tool to recover corrupted data on the flash drive or memory
At the moment, the feature is part of the command-line
interface and you can download it from the Microsoft Store if
you’re in the Release Preview Ring. The app also appears to be
available for some users outside the Insider program and it
requires Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update) or newer.
The ‘Windows File Recovery’ tool is currently aimed towards
powers users, so you won’t be able to use it properly if you
don’t have experience with Command Prompt or PowerShell.
To use the tool, open Command Prompt window and enter the
following command in the following format:
- winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/switches]
In the above format, Microsoft says that the source and
destination drives must be different. For example, when
recovering a particular file from the C: drive, make sure that
the destination drive is not the C: drive itself.
You can also use the filter and switches highlighted within the
Command Prompt interface to specify a particular file or folder
To recover a specific file from your C: drive to the recovery
folder on an E: drive, you have to enter the following command:
winfr C: E: /n Users<username>DownloadsExample.jpeg
Microsoft will automatically create a recovery folder on the
destination drive with your recovered files.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft has yet to officially announce
the Windows Recovery Tool, but the app has already appeared
online and you can download it from the Microsoft
Store on Windows 10 version 2004 or newer.