How to Recover Files Lost While Moving

Abby Haines updated on Jul 25, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If an interruption occurs while you are moving or transferring data using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V (Copy and Paste) or Ctrl + X and Ctrl +V (Cut and Paste), you may lose the moving files. So can moved files be recovered? Sure! Follow this tutorial to see how to restore lost files during transferring or moving within three steps with professional file recovery software.

"Just one hour ago, I lost some files while moving them from my SD card to the computer. I used the Ctrl X and Ctrl V. But during the process, I experienced a sudden power off. After reboot, these files didn’t show up on the SD card, or on the PC. Any advice to recover moved files in Windows 10?"

File Lost During Moving

Data transfer from one device to another or from a folder to another is a common and easy operation. The simplest way is using Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V or Ctrl + X and Ctrl +V. However, But In the actual operation process, data loss might happen if any interruption occurs. Here are some typical causes that may disrupt your transferring and cause data loss. 

  • A sudden power failure
  • A system crash
  • Abrupt removal of a removable storage device
  • An alarming window pops up with an error message

Can Moved Files Be Recovered

Whenever you lose files in cut and paste or copy and paste while transferring files, you can easily recover moved files with methods provided below. 

Method 1. Cancel the File Transfer with Ctrl + Z 

This method only works when an interruption stops your transferring process, and the computer doesn't shut down.

  • Close the disruption and cancel the files moving by pressing Ctrl + Z keys to undo the copy and paste or cut and paste.
  • Check whether your files go back to the original location or not.

If this method doesn't work for you, don't worry. Professional data recovery software provided below can help you out with ease 

Method 2. Recover Moved Files with EaseUS File Recovery Software 

If you want to know how to recover cut files, or how to recover lost files due to careless deletion, hard drive formatting, virus attack, or lost/RAW partition, you can use EaseUS hard drive recovery software to help you. With this tool, you can recover 200+ data types without effort, including photos, audios, videos, documents, emails, as well as other files. 

Now, download this file recovery software and follow the step-by-step guides to recover moved files within three steps. 

1. Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer.

2. Use the data recovery tool to search for and recover your lost data.

  • Choose a storage location or a specific folder where your data was lost and then click the Scan button.
select a location and click scan
  • When the scan is complete, locate the recoverable files or folders from the list of scan results.
scan lost data
  • Select files and then click the Recover button. When choosing a location to save the recovered data, you should not use the original drive.
select wanted data and click recover

Final Words

In order to avoid accidental data loss, please keep these tips in your mind.

  • Keep the habit of backing up files/folders to the external hard drive.
  • Use Copy and Paste rather than Cut and Paste if you want to move data to a new device or a new location.
  • Don't do anything to your device once you lose data there and apply EaseUS file recovery software for an immediate rescue.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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