Recovering Windows 10 Files
Data Recovery in 2021: a complete guide
What should you do to recover Windows 10 files?
When a Windows 10 file is deleted, it doesn’t disappear from the hard disk - it can be restored from the Recycle Bin. Even if it is permanently deleted from the Recycle Bin, it can still be recovered. In Windows, files never disappear; the space they take up on the hard disk (or any other media) is only marked as free for writing new data there.
Use file recovery software
Are you looking for how to restore files which were deleted without using the Recycle Bin? If files were deleted with a key combination Shift + Delete and it is impossible to recover them using standard tools of your operating system, the most effective way will be to use Hetman Partition Recovery.
For this purpose, do the following:
By default, users are suggested to start with File Recovery Wizard. Click «Next», and the program will ask you to select the disk you want to recover your files from.
Double-click on the disk and select analysis type. Choose «Full analysis» and wait for the disk scanning process to finish.
When the scanning is over, you will be shown files for recovery. Select the ones you need and click «Recover».
Select one of the options to save files. Do not save the recovered files to the disk from where they have been deleted previously because they can be erased.
Recover damaged files
Integrity of Windows 10 can be damaged as a result of incorrect work with them, frequent reinstallation of software or overwriting of data.
Other factors leading to damage can be hardware failures (for example, bad sectors on the hard disk), software failures or viruses.
You can recover damaged files:
With the help of the command DISM (this command should be used if the system file source storage is damaged and Windows files cannot be restored with the help of sfc /scannow).
For this purpose, do the following:
- Launch the Command prompt as Administrator and enter the command to check the source image for damage:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /ScanHealth
- If the command finds any damage, launch this command to repair them:
DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth
- Run the command sfc /scannow again and restart the system.
If, for some reason, your attempt at recpvering Windows files failed, then you can recover them by complete reinstallation of the operating system.
Recover DLL files Windows 10
By themselves, DLL files are not executable files but other programs use them in their work. Here are some of the possible causes for DLL files to be damaged, deleted or develop errors:
- Deleting DLL files unintentionally.
- Overwriting DLL files.
- Effects of viruses or malware.
- Damage to the hard disk.
- Absent or damaged hardware drivers.
- In Windows, there are incompatible file versions which belong to different applications.
To recover DLL files:
- Find and copy the required DLL file from another computer or an installation disk. There are also DLL archives on the Internet where you can search for the necessary DLL file configuration.
- Reinstall the program referring to the DLL file. A DLL file error may be caused by an error in the work of the application that uses it.
- Update the driver for the device which generates a DLL file error.
Scan the computer for viruses. Some malware can disguise as a DLL file and cause system errors.
Restore the system back to the last good configuration. Launch the Run window with the key combination Windows + R and type in the command: rstrui.exe
In the System Restore Wizard window that opens select the required system restore point with the date preceding the date when you encountered DLL errors.
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