How to Recover Deleted Files Through Command Prompt?

In Windows operating system, dos command prompt is an interface that allows the user to enter commands to perform certain actions. Before graphical user interface, the only way to delete a file was through command prompt. However, few of the computer users are still addicted to command prompt so that they often use it to delete some files from their Windows PC.

What exactly happens when you use command prompt to delete a file?

With MS-DOS 6.0 and higher versions of Operating systems, you were able to recover files provided they were not written over by another file. But in Windows Operating System there is no command that will help you to get back data after you delete it using command prompt. If you have sound knowledge about command prompt in Windows OS, then you must be familiar with the fact that the files deleted using command prompt cannot be found in the Recycle Bin Folder. They get deleted bypassing the Recycle Bin.

However, even though the file is deleted using command prompt, it does not get deleted permanently from hard drive. It actually remains intact to its original location on the hard drive. What happens is, only the pointer accessing to that file is removed which is why even the operating system fails to locate it on the hard drive. If you save or copy any other new data to that drive then the file system tells the Operating System to store it in free available space. After this, the old deleted file’s space gets overwritten by newer files resulting in permanent loss of files. Hence it is always recommended to avoid usage of hard drive after accidental deletion and if you really need those files back you should use good file recovery software before it gets overwritten by new data.

Features of the software

Deleted files recovery software can effortlessly retrieve all files deleted using Windows Command Prompt. Other than restoring files deleted using dos command prompt, it can deal with any file deletion scenarios such as deletion using “Shift + Delete” keys, emptying Recycle Bin, files deleted using “CUT” and “PASTE” commands, etc. It is highly compatible in recovering files deleted from downloads folder, My Documents folder, Pictures folder, etc. on all popular and advanced versions of Microsoft Windows Operating system such as Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003, Windows 2008 etc.

Directions to use the software

  • Download and install Yodot File Recovery software to your computer
  • Launch the software and start the recovery by following the steps displayed on the screen
  • You can see two options on the main screen which are “Deleted File Recovery” and “Lost File Recovery”
  • Select “Deleted File Recovery” option in order to move to the next step
  • The software now displays all the drives present in your system
  • Select the drive from where you want to recover files
  • Now you can see all the files present in your system. Select the files that you need to recover otherwise click on “Skip” to select all the files by default
  • On the next window the software displays the list of found files in two different view types i.e. “Data Type” and “File Type”
  • Choose from the list of files which you want to retrieve
  • Preview the file in order to confirm that you have selected right one to rescue
  • Select the preferred location to store the recovered files

Precautions to be taken

  • Be careful while deleting files using command prompt because you cannot restore it from Recycle Bin
  • Before deleting a file make sure that you keep a backup copy of it
  • Do not use your computer for saving new information once you realized that you lost files from it

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