How To Easily Recover Deleted Files from Hard Drive?


Description: Do you want to know how to recover deleted files from hard drive? You can find the answer in this article.

Summary: I will show you the detailed steps to recover deleted files from hard drive with WinfrGUI which is a wonderful alternative to Windows File Recovery. 

Can I Recover Deleted Files From Hard Drive?

The answer is yes. Whether in life or work, when we use the PC, we often encounter the situation of accidentally deleting files. So many users question whether it is possible to get back the deleted files?

In fact, the deleted files are still on your computer, just not in their original location. Because after we delete the file, there is still a copy of it on the hard drive. We can use the copy to restore it.

Also, if new data is entered after the file is deleted, the copy may be overwritten by the new data, reducing the likelihood of recovery. So don’t rewrite after deleting the file.

Back to the topic, if deleted files can be recovered, how? In the following article, I will show you how to recover deleted files from hard drive on Windows 10 or 11 step by step.

Steps to Recover Deleted Files From Hard Drive

If you have backup software on your PC, or you have enabled related Windows built-in features such as Backup and Restore, File History, and Create Restore Point before the files are deleted, then you can easily restore these lost files. But if not, you can seek another more professional data recovery software.

Windows File Recovery is a product released by Microsoft that allows to recover deleted files from various storage devices. Currently, it is available for Windows 10 2004 and later.

If you want to use it, you better have some computer knowledge, because Windows File Recovery does not have an intuitive interface, and users can only complete the recovery by entering the command line. Before operating, you should study the following sections.

You should 4 parameters:

Source-drive: The location where the file is located.

Destination-drive: The location of the restored files.

[/mode]: According to the file system, select the mode.

[/switches]: According to the mode, select the appropriate switches.

First of all, you should choose what mode you will use depending on the file system. The table of modes is given:


Secondly, you should select the right switch according to the table below:


Finally, you can type in winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches] on the CMD window of Windows File Recovery.


Do you think Windows File Recovery is complicated? If there was another easy way to recover deleted hard drive files for free, would you be willing to try it? Actually, WinfrGUI is such software.

It is an alternative to Windows File Recovery. Or rather, it is Windows File Recovery with a graphical user interface. Because WinfrGUI functions exactly like Windows File Recovery.

But compared to Windows File Recovery, WinfrGUI is easier to operate and can be done with just a few clicks. Now, I will show you how to recover deleted files from hard drive on Windows 10 and 11 for free.

Step 1. Select the partition to scan and a destination folder to save the recovered files.


Step 2. There are two Scanning modes you can choose. Quick Scan only supports the NTFS file system. You could target file types or folders to scan via “Advanced Settings” if you need.


Step 3. Click “Start Recovery” to start the scanning process. After the scanning completes, the files found will be saved in the destination folder.


Wrap thing up

In this tutorial, you can find 2 useful methods to recover deleted files from hard drive. You can choose the one that suits you. But from my point of view, I think WinfrGUI is the easiest and easiest way to do it.

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