Recover Files after Windows 8 Reset

Lost your precious data due to Windows 8 factory reset? Can you recover files after restoring to factory settings? Yes, if you use a capable Windows 8 data recovery tool, but at the same time, you must read some important notices for a successful file recovery after resetting a PC/laptop to its original factory condition.

Abby Haines Updated on Feb 26, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles

Q: Can you recover files after restoring to factory settings in Windows 8?

"I was forced to do a factory reset and was unable to access my files to back them up to an external hard drive. How can I recover my files?"

A: Yes, if you use a capable Windows 8 data recovery tool.

But at the same time, you must read some important notices for a successful file recovery after resetting a PC/laptop to its original factory condition.

How does the factory reset erase data

As we know, the behavior of factory settings will erase all data on the system drive (usually drive C:). People usually do it before giving or selling the device to others to prevent privacy from leaking. So, if you haven't transferred all the files you need to a prepared storage device, you may bear the risk of a permanent data loss. 

Being different from common data loss by a deletion or a disk formatting, retrieving erased data is recognized as one of the most difficult data recovery scenarios.

First, resetting a computer takes effect by going through procedures like this:

Reformatting the system drive > restoring the computer from a system backup > restarting the computer.

By this way, when the old system state is restored, it overwrites data on the current location.

Second, unless you back up data regularly, you can hardly restore all lost data that was wiped during the process.

How to recover files after factory reset Windows 8

Wait! Do we have the last chance? Yes, if the new system has not overwritten the lost data completely.

For example, before you do the factory reset, the used space on the system drive is about 30GB, but after the restore, the used space is 10GB, 15GB, as long as the figure is under 30, you still have a chance to recover the part of data, of which the disk space is not occupied by the new!

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a powerful data recovery tool which can effectively retrieve pictures, videos, audio, emails, documents and other types of files. You don't need to worry that you can't operate on your own due to the lack of the IT knowledge. In fact, as a wizard-like program, it is very easy-to-use. Once you determined that there is still some data not being overwritten, feel free to download the software and follow the guide to achieve a successful file recovery after resetting a PC/laptop to its original factory condition.

Step 1. Select your computer or laptop's hard drive where you have lost your data after factory reset.

find the location where you lose your data

Step 2. Click the "Scan" button to start the scanning process. This process helps to find your lost data after factory reset.

scan the location to find lost data

Step 3. Click "Filter" or just search the wanted data and you are allowed to preview them. Select them and click the "Recover" button to recover the lost data.

let the software recover all of your data

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

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1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

Put the lost files back into your hands in only 3 steps. Don't wait as your files won't.

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