How to Recover Deleted Data by Robocopy/MIR Command

If you mistakenly delete some important files using Robocopy command, you still have a chance to restore them. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can recover files deleted by Robocopy /MIR command.

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Robocopy (Robust File Copy) is a command-line file copy utility that comes with Windows Vista / Windows 2008 or newer. Until Vista, Robocopy was a part of Windows Resource Kit Tools. Unlike normal copy commands, Robocopy is designed for a reliable copy or mirroring while maintaining the permissions, attributes, owner information, timestamps, and properties of the objects copied.

How Microsoft's Robocopy Syntax Copies/Deletes Files

1. To copy the contents of C:\UserFolder to C:\FolderBackup:

Robocopy C:\UserFolder C:\FolderBackup

2. To copy all contents including empty directories of source folder to destination folder:

Robocopy C:\SourceDir C:\DestDir /E

3. List only files larger than 32 Mbytes(33553332 bytes) in size:

Robocopy.exe c:\sourceFolder d:\targetfolder /min:33553332 /l

Note: /l - will list files matching the criteria. if /l is omitted, files matching the criteria will be copied to the target location

4. Move files over 14 days old:

ROBOCOPY C:\SourceFoldern D:\DestinationFolder /move /minage:14

5. Mirror directory excl. deletion:

Robocopy "C:\Folder" "\\Machine2\Folder" /MIR /XD  \\server2\ directory\dir2"

Use the /MIR option with caution - it has the ability to delete a file from both the source and destination under certain conditions. This typically occurs if a file/folder in the destination has been deleted, causing ROBOCOPY to mirror the source to the destination. The result is that the same files in the source folder are also deleted. To avoid this situation, never delete any files/folders from the destination - delete them from the source, and then run the backup to mirror the destination to the source.

Recover Data Deleted by Robocopy /MIR Command

If you mistakenly delete some important files using Robocopy/MIR command, you still have a chance to get them back. Robocopy doesn't have any type of "undo" capability. And you cannot restore deleted files from recycle bin. The only thing you can try is to recover deleted files using third-party data recovery software.

EaseUS disk data recovery software is recommended for its powerful data recovery capability. It recovers deleted files and folders on your computer/laptop hard drive, externally connected USB flash drive, or micro SD card. No matter how you get your files lost, you can get them back as long as the partition is unharmed physically. Download the powerful software now, and get back data deleted by Robocopy /MIR command.

Step 1. Choose the exact file location and then click the "Scan" button to continue.

select the location to scan for deleted files

Step 2. After the process, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" button to find the deleted files.

check the results

Step 3. Click the "Recover" button and save the restored files – ideally, it should be different from the original one.

recover deleted files

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