How to Recover Files Lost in Cut and Paste

Jean updated on Dec 11, 2020 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

EaseUS data recovery software is the most effective data recovery software for you to recover lost data due to cut and paste. If you lost important files by cutting and pasting failure error in Windows and Mac, relax and just download this file recovery software to restore cut files with simple clicks.

Part 1. How to Recover Lost Files After Cut in Windows 10/8/7
Part 2. What To Do If You Are Using Mac

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.

Step 1. Choose the file location to scan.

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If your lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

select the file location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the lost files.

The software will start immediately a quick scan for deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch to scan more lost files all over the selected drive. After the scan, you can use the Filter to quickly filter a specific file type.

scan the lost files

Step 3. Preview and restore files.

Double-click on a file allows for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and browse a location to save all the files at once.

recover lost files

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:

Step 1. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the "Scan" button.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

start scan on the Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac

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.

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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, so 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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