[Solved] IDM File Has Been Moved

Brithny updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Internet Download Manager might say "The file has been moved" when opening a downloaded file. Then, how to get back file which has been moved from IDM? You can restore the moved files from IDM manually, or use a professional hard drive data recovery tool to recover the moved IDM files.

IDM says "the file has been moved". How can I find my downloaded file?

"I'm using IDM 6.26. When I start a .mkv 3 GB file, my IDM says "The file has been moved". I can't find that file on my computer where I saved before. I’ve tried many solutions, but none of them worked. What can I do to restore the moved file?”

DIM file has been moved

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Manual Method Open IDM > Right-click IDM file > Click Options > Click Save to...Full steps
Method 2. IDM Recovery Software Download IDM recovery software > Choose a drive to scan > Preview and recover...Full steps

Internet Download Manager (IDM) is a prevalent tool to increase download speeds by up to 5 times, resume, and schedule downloads. However, some users have encountered “the file has been moved” error while trying to access a file from IDM. There is no specific cause for this problem. Whatever the reason might be, if your IDM downloaded file has also been moved, you can use a manual way or EaseUS data recovery software to restore files.

Manually Restore Moved Files from IDM

In the beginning, you can try to restore the moved files from IDM with the following manual method.

Step 1. Open IDM. Right-click the file, and then click "Options" > "Save to" > "Temporary directory".

DIM file has been moved - step 1

Step 2. Copy the directory address, paste to Windows Explorer, and hit Enter. Find the "DwnlData" folder.  

DIM file has been moved - step 2

Step 3. Open each file using "Open with" until you find your file.

Step 4. Once you find your file, go to the menu bar > click "Tools" > "View". Deselect "Uncheck and hide extensions for known file types". 

Step 5. Go to your file again. Simply rename the file to make sure that your file will not be moved again.

If this manual method doesn't help you recover the moved files from IDM, then you have to turn to a third-party data recovery tool.

Restore Moved Files in IDM With File Recovery Software

There are many available programs in the market which can help you to restore files that have been moved from IDM. Here, we'd like to recommend you the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. This top-notch and reliable hard drive recovery software can deal with all complicated data loss situations like deleted recovery, formatted recovery, virus file recovery, OS crash recovery, lost partition recovery, and more. In addition to that, it's as simple as a few clicks for you to use this tool to recover moved files from IDM on your computer.

Download this powerful data recovery software now and learn how to get back files which have been moved from IDM with details below.

Step 1. Select a location and start scanning.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you lost data, then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Preview and select the files.

Wait until the scanning completes. If you need to double-click the item to preview the file, then select the data you attempt to recover.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

Click "Recover", choose a location to save the recovered data, then click "OK". You should store the data in another place instead of the original one.

Recover lost data

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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

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"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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