TXT File Recovery - Two Methods to Recover Lost Text Files

Daisy updated on Sep 17, 2020 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


If you accidentally lost Notepad files, do not worry. Here are two methods to get back lost TXT file. You can manually recover TXT file or use TXT file recovery software, EaseUS file recovery software can restore deleted, lost or formatted text or .txt files from devices with simple clicks.

Recover Unsaved Notepad Documents

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Step 1. Go to "Start"

Step 2. Under the search bar, Type %AppData%

Step 3. Click "Enter" to direct to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming

Step 4. On the search bar, type filename of the notepad file, and then you get it back...More items>>

After the quick navigation of TXT file recovery, you can read the following content to learn more. Or, get back lost TXT file with the following steps.

Method 1. Manually Restore TXT Files
Method 2. Recover TXT Files With Freeware

Overview - What Is a TXT File

A TXT file is a standard text document that contains unformatted text. It is recognized by any text editing or word processing program and can also be processed by most other software programs. TXT files are often created and opened using Microsoft Notepad and Apple TextEdit. 

TXT files are useful for storing information in plain text with no special formatting beyond basic fonts and font styles. The file is commonly used for recording notes, directions, and other similar documents that do not need to appear a certain way.  

There are instances where you lose Notepad (txt) files due to one or more reasons:

  • Accidental deletion
  • Mistaken format
  • OS crash
  • Virus attack and more...

All these incidences demand Notepad file recovery. How to get back the TXT files? There are two ways to retrieve lost .txt files. 

Method 1. Manually Restore TXT Files

If you don't have an auto recover feature, the recovery of inaccessible files demands a bit of technical expertise. You can count on temp files to regain unsaved Notepad (.txt) files.

Step 1: Go to "Start"

Step 2: Under the search bar, Type %AppData%

Step 3: Click "Enter" to direct to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming

Step 4: On the search bar, type filename of the notepad file and then you get it back.

restore txt file manually

You can also recover deleted or lost files through this way. But it has a limitation - it is manual-oriented. If you prefer an easier way to recover lost text files, you may refer to Method 2.

Method 2. Recover TXT Files With File Recovery Freeware (Easier)

You can restore the lost TXT Files with simple clicks using recovery software. EaseUS file recovery software is my recommendation. This free data recovery software provides easy and quick data recovery solutions. 


Supported Devices:

PC/laptop, hard drive, RAID, SSD, SD card, USB, camcorder and more.


Supported OS:

Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP, Windows Server 2019/2016/2012/2008/2003.


Supported Situations:

Formatted recovery, OS crash recovery, lost partition recovery, RAW partition recovery, deleted recovery and more.


Supported File Types:

Recover all types of lost files: photos, documents, videos, audio, emails, compressed files, etc.


Step 1. Launch EaseUS file recovery software. Select the text file location, which can be a hard disk drive, an external USB flash drive/SD card or a specific folder on Desktop or somewhere else. Click the Scan button.

select the text file location

Step 2. Files are showing up during the scan. You can quickly access the text files by choosing "Documents" from the drop-down list in "Filter".

scan lost text files

Step 3. Lastly, select the text file(s) and click the Recover button. Choose other locations to save the recovered files to avoid data overwriting.

select text files and recover

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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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