How to Recover Files from Found.000 Folder

Roxanne updated on Oct 12, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

Can you find ways to recover files from the Found.000 folder? Two free ways are provided to help you do found.000 recovery and convert .chk files to the original format, for example, convert chk to jpg or mp4. Besides, you can try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover deleted .chk files or Found.000 folder easily.

Can I recover files in the Found.000 folder?

"When I plugged my USB into PC, Windows asked to scan and repair the flash drive disk. Then I did it using the CHKDSK command line. But after that, some of my files, including JPEG pictures and videos turned into .chk files in the newly created Found.000 folder. Is there any way to convert .chk files to original format or recover files to its original location?"

What Are Found.000 Folder and CHK Files

Usually, while scanning your disk for errors, Windows built-in CHKDSK tool will convert your data into .chk files which it thinks has corruptions and then gather those files into a Found.000 folder instead of deleting them.

The folder is hidden by default. You need to tick off "hidden folder" in "View" on the top of File Explorer to show this folder. And if you try to open the CHK files, you will find they are completely inaccessible. As a result, you will finally end up with a terrible data loss disaster.

Why Does Found.000 Folder Get Created

As said before, the FOUND.000 folder is created when users run CHKDSK command, which contains all the corrupted and fragmented data in the .chk extension. The common reasons for FOUND.000 folder and CHK files are listed below.

  • Abrupt power outage
  • Sudden Windows OS crash 
  • Malware or virus attack
  • Pull out USB flash drive or pen drive while writing

How to Recover Files from Found.000 Folder

Windows labels .chk files as "recovered file fragments". If you didn't lose any important data, you don't need to deal with the Found.000 folders. You can just delete them to free up space. Besides, if you have a backup, it's easier to recover lost data from the backup.

If you get no backup, but there are some important files you've spotted in the Found.000 folder, you can try the following methods to recover files from Found.000 folder.

1. Convert .chk Files to Original Format 

Changing the CHK extension is the simplest way to recover files from Found.000 folder. For example, if your lost pictures are JPEG files, create a copy of the .chk file and try to rename the .chk files to .jpg files, or convert .chk files to .mp4 for videos.

And you can follow the steps below to modify the file extension in bulk.

  • Create a text document on your computer.
  • Double-click to open, type ren *.chk *.jpg, and save.
  • Change the .txt suffix to .bat.
  • Copy the .bat file to Found.000 folder. Double-click it to run. Then, the .chk files will be converted to .jpg files. 

2. Recover CHK Files from Found.000 Folder with UnCHK

UnCHK is a free and simple tool to recover the CHK files from Found.000 folder. This tool can detect .chk files and convert them into right extension names, such as .chk to .jpg/jpeg. Then, you can open and view the files. But if the original files are severely damaged, they can't be recovered with UnCHK.

Found.000 recovery with UNCHK

If you have deleted the Found.000 folder but want to recover files from it, how to do it? Here, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard comes to help you recover deleted Found.000 folder or .chk files without effort. After recovery, you can continue to convert .chk files into original format, then open and recover them successfully. 

Try to recover files from found.000 directory using EaseUS disk data recovery

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select location to scan lost folder.

Under the Specify a location section, click "Browse" on Select Folder to choose the location where you lost the folder and click "OK" to scan the lost folder.

Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find and preview found files in the lost folder.

You can find the lost folder in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name. Then open the found folder and double-click to preview lost files.

Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover and save the lost folder with files.

Last, select the folder and files and click "Recover", browse to choose a new & secure spot on your PC and click "OK" to save it.

Restore lost folder data.

If the recovered photos or videos are damaged, EaseUS data recovery tool also can repair corrupted JPEG files as well as JPG photos. 

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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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