How to Recover Files after Reinstalling Windows?
Summary: Reinstalling Windows may not lead to permanent data loss. Lost files can be recovered with data recovery software unless the lost files are overwritten. When you lose important data or files after reinstalling Windows 10/8/7 or XP etc, you can find solutions in this passage to recover files after reinstalling Windows with ease now.
Why need to reinstall Windows?
Why and when do we need to reinstall Windows sytem? Here the following, we'll list you some reasons why and when do we need to reinstall Windows. You would go to reinstall Windows due to these reasons:
- Windows system files or boot files are deleted or corrupted;
- Windows registry has been corrupted;
- Hardware failure causes Windows system crash;
- Fail to remove the virus/spyware;
- A fresh Windows installation;
- Windows system upgrades or updates;
- Other unknown reasons which cause Windows system unbootable.
Files/Data loss issue after reinstalling Windows
When you are in the process of reinstalling Windows system, you may suddenly remember some important files are in the "My Document", system partition or on the desktop. After Windows reinstalled, you only find these important files have been lost.
Usually when you reinstall Windows, 'Documents and Settings' folder will be reinitialized while the files in that folder will be deleted, and all other previous files will be lost in the system partition. However, these deleted files are recoverable unless they are overwritten.
Tips: If there are files lost after reinstalling Windows, please stop using the hard disk and make sure you do not save any data to the hard disk.
Do not save any data to the hard disk, as this would cause data to be overwritten and permanent data loss. Once the data is overwritten, it is little chance to recover lost files after reinstalling Windows by any data recovery software. Here we'd like to recommend you to try EaseUS hard drive recovery software which is full compatible with all Windows systems including Windows 10.
Solution: Recover lost files after reinstalling Windows with 3 steps
EaseUS hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can recover files after reinstalling Windows if the files are not overwritten. Furthermore, it also can recover deleted files, recover files from formatted partition, recover files from RAW partition, recover files from deleted or lost partition, etc.
Please connect your hard disk to another healthy computer or create bootable CD/DVD of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover lost files after reinstalling Windows. The following is step-by-step instructions to recover lost files after reinstalling Windows with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the file types you want to recover.
Then click "Next" button to move to the next step.
Step 2. Select the disk where you lost your data and click "Scan" button, the software will quickly scan the selected disk to find all your target files.
If you lost your partition, select "Lost Disk Drives" and "Scan" to continue the recovery process.
Step 3. After scan, you can preview all the listed recoverable files one by one and select out those you want.
Then, click "Recover" button to get them back once. Here you should save all the recovered files on another disk to avoid data overwriting.