Recover Files after Windows 8 Reset

Roxanne updated on Aug 11, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


Stay calm when you lost files after Windows 8 factory reset. File recovery after Windows 8 is possible with a capable data recovery tool. Here, EaseUS software will guide you through restoring lost files and offer some practical tips to help you protect Windows data.

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.

Here are two significant goals of people performing Windows factory reset on computer or laptop:

  1. 1. To prevent privacy from leaking before giving or selling the device to others.
  2. 2. To factory reset Windows PC for better performance.

As factory reset will erase all data on the system drive (usually drive C:), so it's highly essential for you to transfer or back up Windows 8 files to a prepared storage device. Otherwise, you'll have to bear the risk of a permanent data loss. 

Possibility of Data Recovery after Windows 8 Factory Reset

Being different from common data loss by a deletion or a disk formatting, the chance of data recovery depends on what you've done and how you did the Windows 8 reset.

1. Reset Windows 8 by Refreshing PC:

  • PC settings > General > Refresh your PC without affecting your files.
  • By doing so, you can restore the system performance and keep all your data.

Factory reset Windows 8.

2. Reset Windows 8 by Removing Everything: 

  • PC settings > General > Remove everything and reinstall Windows.
  • This operation will clean up everything on your system C drive and reinstall Windows 8 on the original system drive.

factory reset Windows 8 by removing everything

3. Reset Windows 8 by Performing System Restore:

Restore the computer from a system backup or restore point > Restart the computer.

By this way, when the old system state is restored, it overwrites data on the current system C drive. Do you have the last chance for file recovery? Yes, if the new system has not overwritten the lost data completely.

For example, before factory resetting, the used space on the system drive is about 80GB, but after the restore, the used space is 30GB or so. As the occupied space on C: drive is 30GB, less than 80GB, you still have a chance to recover this part of data from the not occupied disk space!

How to Recover Files after Factory Reset Windows 8

You don't need to worry that you can't restore lost files due to Windows OS resetting on your own due to the lack of IT knowledge. 

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a powerful data recovery tool which can effectively scan storage devices to retrieve pictures, videos, audio, emails, documents, and other types of files.  

Once you determined that there is still some data not being overwritten, feel free to download the software. 

With this wizard-like program, it will be easy to achieve a successful file recovery after resetting Windows 8 on PC or laptop:

Step 1. Select your computer or laptop's hard drive where you have lost your data after the factory reset. Click the "Scan" button to start the scanning process.

find the location where you lose your data

Step 2. Wait patiently for the scan to complete. Then, preview and select the files you want to restore.

scan the location to find lost data

Step 3. Click the "Recover" button to retrieve the lost data. It's better to save the recovered files to another place instead of the original disk.

recover all of your data

Protect Data from Windows Reset

Knowing a way to restore files after Windows reset can't effectively help you prevent data loss. The best choice that you can have is to create a regular backup of Windows OS and data. To do so, we'd like to recommend you to try free backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup Free.

It enables to you perform basic system backup and file backup on all Windows OS for free: 

Step 1: Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File Backup", "Disk/partition Backup" or "System Backup" for different backup purpose.

Step 2: Choose the system, disk partition, files that you want to back up. Then select a destination where you want to store the backup file.

Step 3: Click "Proceed" to start the data backup process.

back up data with easeus todo backup

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

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