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How to Recover Files Lost in Cut and Paste

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional is one of the best software to get your files back. To recover files lost in cut and paste will not be a question under the help of this powerful software.

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Everything About Copy, Cut, Delete and Paste

You will often use the Copy, Cut, Delete and Paste actions when you work with your daily files. It is important to understand the differences between them and how they work.

  • Copy (Ctrl + C): making a duplicate of the original file, which can be moved or edited without altering the original.
  • Cut (Ctrl + X): If the items are inside a file, Cut deletes the content from the screen, but keeps them in memory.
  • Delete (Ctrl + D): If the items are inside a file, this operation deletes them from the screen without storing it in memory. If the items are the files or folders themselves, this operation deletes them from the screen and moves them to the Recycle Bin.
  • Paste (Ctrl + V): It is used to make a cut or copied item appears again at a specific location.

Cut VS Delete

The difference between Cut and Delete is that Cut removes the text or other content from the document and saves it to the clipboard. Delete removes the text or other content completely from the document.

Note: everything is erased from the clipboard when you turn off the computer.

What To Do When You Lost Files After Cut and Paste

Losing data is a common situation that could be encountered every day for everybody. You may lose your files due to the following reasons:

  • Unfinished cut-paste operation. You may lose files due to unfinished cut-paste operation, for example, you cut a file, but you forget to paste it.
  • Deletion or format. For example, you paste the files to another drive or device, but you delete the files from the drive or device, or you format the drive or device without backup.
  • Your device is lost. When you cut files from your computer and paste to your storage device like USB drive, but then your storage device is lost.

Usually, this is not easy for ordinary users to recover files lost in Cut and Paste. When you are faced with such problems, how to deal with it then? Firstly, you should never put anything new to rewrite the original data, or the data can be gone forever. Secondly, to recover your data, you need professional software such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional. You can recover your files lost in cut and paste by using it. Thirdly, don't turn off your PC, everything will be gone forever once you turn off your computer. 

Part 1. How to Recover Lost Files After Cut in Windows 10/8/7

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional, the best data recovery software, applies to any data loss situations such as undelete excel, undelete Word documents, recover formatted files and more. It is very useful to get your data back. You will never be troubled by any data loss problem. If you want to learn the way to recover files lost in cut and paste on Mac, follow Part 2.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS file recovery software on your Windows computer. Choose the exact location where you lost the files and click the "Scan" button.

select a location to scan

Step 2. The software will immediately start scanning the drive, and the deleted files will be displayed soon. If you find the files you need during the scan, you can stop the scan. In order to find the target file quickly, you can use the file format filter.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Select files, such as Word, Excel, PDF, photos, videos, or emails and click the "Recover" button. You can browse for a different location to keep the recovered files.

Recover lost data

Part 2. What To Do If You Are Using Mac

If you lost files in cut and paste on a Mac device, don't write new data to the drive where you lost your files before you successfully get back your files. If you have a backup, you can recover files from Time Machine backup easily. If you don't have any backup, refer to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. You can easily recover deleted or lost files on your MacBook, iMac, hard drive, USB, camera, memory card, SD card, and other storage devices. Read on to get more details:

If you prefer a step-by-step guide, you can follow the steps below:

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Step 1. Search for lost files

Select the disk location to search for lost files (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or an external hard drive) where you lost data and files. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

Recover Data Step1

Step 2. Go through the scanning results

This software will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display pictures, documents, audio, videos, and emails on the left pane.

Recover Data Step2

Step 3. Select the file(s) and recover

Click the data to preview, and click the "Recover" button to have them back.

Recover Data Step3

Bonus Tips: Useful Data Protection Solutions 

It's a nice choice to prevent problems before they happen. Here are three useful tips to protect your data:

1. Back up files regularly. The ideal solution recommended for data protection and security is regularly taking a backup of your data. If you, unfortunately, lost your files, at least a data backup will keep you in a better situation. You should back up your data on multiple storage devices like an external hard drive, portable storage device or cloud.

2. Use reliable data recovery software. In case of adverse data loss situations, data recovery software can be beneficial. You can recover any data from any situation with the help of professional data recovery software.

3. Make use of the "Copy and Paste" method instead of "Cut and Paste".


Recovering lost or deleted Data after cut and paste may be challenging but not impossible. With the help of EaseUS data recovery software, you can quickly and effectively recover missing data after the cut and paste failure from Windows and Mac. Besides, data protection is an ultimate necessity in today’s digital world. Keeping a backup regularly can always do you a favor.

How to Recover Cut Files FAQs

1. How do I recover cut-and-paste files in Windows 10?

You can recover lost files in Windows with these steps:

  • Download and run EaseUS free data recovery software
  • Select the drive and click the Scan button
  • Preview the files and selected wanted files and click Recover

2. How to recover cut files from an Android phone to PC?

Follow these steps to learn about how to recover cut files from Android SD cards:

  • Stop all operations on your SD memory card, USB, or external hard drive.
  • If you are a Windows user, press Ctrl + Z to undo the cut, and you may be able to see the lost cut files back on your USB or SD card.

3. Where did my cut and paste go?

Files may be deleted due to disruption in the cut-and-paste process. If you can't find the lost files in the original folder, check Windows 10 Recycle Bin.

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