How to Recover Files Lost While Moving

Roxanne updated on Oct 12, 2020 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. 

Step 1. Select a location to scan.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition, external hard drive, USB, or memory card from which you want to perform data recovery, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, select the lost files you want to recover. If you need, double-click the file to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data.

After choosing the files, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the recovered files.

Recover lost data

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 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, 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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