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How to Recover Files Lost after Upgrading to Windows 10


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Windows 10 has already made a remarkable entry and considered to be the finest OS of Windows era. You must be planning or already upgraded to Windows 10. But hold on, there are risks involved with this upgrade and we put here few considerable thoughts for you to act.

One of the biggest issues with this upgrade is fear of losing important data such as an important files gone missing or files associated with certain programs is deleted and so on. By default, Microsoft is retiring Windows Media Center, desktop gadgets and the inbuilt game etc. which will bring the scenario of losing bunch of files associated with those programs. Additionally, as many of us thinks to keep files in ‘My Documents’ or on the Desktop’ which will be erased or wiped once the upgrade is completed. However, Microsoft promises to move all your files, personal settings, some apps despite all the consequences of losing your files.

Backup is a crucial step and always recommend before proceedings to similar action like system upgrade, junk files cleaning, drive formatting etc. But in case the backup copy is missing or you haven’t taken backup of files you’ve modified earlier, you may lose them permanently or already gone. However, you can find or restore some of files that haven’t been overwritten using Windows 10 data recovery programs. There are no manual alternatives available to help you restore lost files once the upgrade is finished.

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Recovery software can efficiently handle data loss scenarios and recover them without altering the original files. As Windows 10 have been launched last week, not all recovery programs supports recovery on Windows 10. Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery pro is advanced and useful recovery software that helps you get rid of all your data loss issue after Windows 10 upgrade, no matter which device you are using. You can use it to recover data from the formatted hard drive (support FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS5, and ExFAT). It can also recover deleted emails from MS Outlook (PST) and Outlook Express (DBX) damaged or corrupt optical media, Windows hard drive and supported external media.

Steps to recover files from Windows 10 PCs:

Most of the times when users perform an upgrade, files and folders stored in C drive will be completely erased. This is where Windows Data Recovery – Professional role comes into play. You can use ‘Deleted file recovery’ option in this software to recover all the lost or deleted files from the location it was deleted. Follow steps below on recovering deleted files from Windows 10 system:

Start scanning

Download and Install this tool on PC you’ve stored files previously. After launching it, you will be offered various modules that targets different types of recovery. Choose ‘Drive recovery’ located under ‘Data Recovery’ tab and the problem drive or hard drive partition where the files were supposed to be existed. Perform data recovery in fashion by using full fetched options like ‘Quick Recovery’ or ‘Advanced Recovery’. Further, you can choose ‘Search Lost volume’ option as well to recover the whole partition that is no longer accessible or visible under ‘This PC’. Scanning will begin immediately and you can see the live status at progress bar.

Preview before recovery

Scanning generally takes considerable amount of time, depending upon the size of your drive and the stored data. After completing the scan, you can see all the recoverable files in next window. You can select the files available in the list and preview the content. The files not listed in scan results can be recovered using advanced recovery module of this software. You can perform desired file search using its name, extensions, date modified or size.

Recover Lost Data

Finally, click on “Recover” button to save the selected files at your desired place.

You will get various other options and you can choose a volume from the selected media or choose an FTP location to store the recovered data. Additionally, you will also get the option to compress the recovered files and also filter the recoverable files. Once you are done with all the processes, select ‘OK’ and the software will takes you to the next window stating that recovery is successful. Here, you will be able to view the saving process through a progress bar. After successful process, you can check the recovered files.


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