Recover Files after Windows 8 Reset

Abby Haines 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.