How to Undelete/Recover Files Deleted by chkdsk

Abby Haines updated on Jul 12, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Data files lost after running Chkdsk scan? Chkdsk deleted your files? This page shows you how to undelete or recover files deleted by chkdsk with simple steps by yourself using powerful and easy-to-use chkdsk deleted file recovery software.

"Last night, when I connected my 2TB external hard drive to my laptop for data transfer,  Windows said it found errors and asked me to run chkdsk to scan and fix the disk. So, I did it. To my surprise, I found there was only a small portion of the data on the disk after that.

It seems that chkdsk deleted almost ALL of my data while scanning the disk for errors. Is it possible to undelete or recover files deleted by chkdsk? Any solutions or third-party software can help to recover deleted files?"

Overview of chkdsk deleted file recovery

chkdsk command line is a free Windows disk scanning and checking utility. When there are some errors on your hard drive, USB drives, SD card or some other storage media, Windows will prompt you to run the command line to check and fix the issue. But sometimes, chkdsk command is prone to make mistakes. It might just run a scan of a hard drive, USB or memory card which has no problem for errors and mistakenly get your data deleted or corrupted.

As result, many users experienced unwanted file deletion or data loss after running chkdsk. And they usually ask such questions "Is it possible to recover files deleted by chkdsk?" "How to restore my files that chkdsk deleted?" when they are trying to seek for a data recovery solution to undelete or retrieve their files deleted by chkdsk. 

Recover files deleted by chkdsk with EaseUS file recovery software

Have you ever suffered a similar data loss situation and facing a similar CHKDSK deleted file recovery job? If yes, please don't worry! In the last post, we have introduced how to recover files deleted by Windows Defender. In this page, we will continue to talk about how to find and get back files deleted by chkdsk.

Here, a professional data recovery software is required. We sincerely recommend you to try EaseUS file recovery software for its powerful data recovery capacity and wizard-like interface which allows you to perform CHKDSK deleted file recovery by yourself easily without any technical skills or data recovery experience. 


Step 1: Choose the location

Download and open the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. When you open it, you can see all of the disks and partitions on your computer, select the disk partition or storage location where you deleted your files.

select the location

Step 2: Click Scan

Click the "Scan" button. The scanning process starts as long as you click Scan.

click scan

Step 3: Click Recover

After the scanning process, click the "Deleted files" option on the left panel. You can see all of the deleted files, select the desired files.

Preview the wanted data and click "Recover" to navigate a secure location or device to bring the deleted files back. Click "OK" to finish.

click 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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