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Recovering deleted files in Windows 11 using cmd

Recovering deleted files in Windows 11 using cmd is possible but it is important to note that the success of the recovery depends on several
factors such as how long ago the files were deleted and whether any new data has overwritten them. Here are some steps to try:

1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator. You can do this by searching for “cmd” in the Start menu right-clicking on
“Command Prompt” and selecting “Run as administrator.”

2. Navigate to the folder where the deleted files were located. Use the “cd” command to change the directory. For example, if the files were in the “Documents” folder type “cd C:Users<username>Documents” and press Enter.

3. Type the following command and press Enter:

This will create a text file named “files.txt” that contains a list of all the files in the current directory and its subdirectories.

4. Open the “files.txt” file and search for the names of the deleted files. If you find them note the full path to the files.

5. Type the following command and press Enter:

Replace “<full path to the deleted file>” with the full path you noted in step 4 and replace “<new location>” with the location where you want to copy the recovered file. For example:

This will copy the recovered file to the specified location. Alternatively, you can use the “undelete” command if you have the Windows 11 recovery feature enabled. Here are the steps:

1. Open the Command Prompt as an administrator.

2. Type the following command and press Enter:

Replace “.docx” with the extension of the file you want to recover and replace “C:” with the drive letter where the file was located.

3. If the command finds any deleted files it will prompt you to enter “Y” to restore them. Enter “Y” and press Enter.

4. The recovered files will be restored to their original location.

Note that this method may not always work and it is recommended to use a data recovery software for more reliable results.

If the above methods do not work or you are not able to locate the deleted files using cmd you can try using a third-party data recovery software such as Recuva EaseUS Data Recovery or Disk Drill. These programs can scan your hard drive and attempt to recover deleted files even if they have been partially overwritten.

Here are the general steps to use a data recovery software:

1. Download and install the data recovery software of your choice.

2. Launch the software and select the drive where the deleted files were located.

3. Start a scan to search for deleted files. The software may offer options for a quick scan or a deep scan which may take longer but is more thorough.

4. After the scan is complete the software should display a list of recovered files. You can preview the files to ensure they are the ones you want to recover.

5. Select the files you want to recover and choose a new location to save them. Do not save the recovered files to the same drive where the deleted files were located as this could overwrite   other deleted files and reduce the chances of recovery.

It is important to note that data recovery is not always successful and the earlier you attempt to recover the files the better chance you have of recovering them. Therefore, it is recommended to have a backup system in place to prevent data loss in the future.

 

 

 

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