How to Recover Files Lost While Moving

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.

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"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. 

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Step 1. Select a drive and start scanning

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and hover over the partition where you lost data. This could be an internal hard disk, external disk, USB, or SD card. Then, click "Scan".

select a location to scan

Step 2. Check and preview scanned files

Use the file format filter on the left or upper right corner to narrow the scan results until you find the files you need. Then, you can click the "Preview" button or double-click a file to preview its content, if you'd like. 

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover lost data to a secure location

Click the checkbox next to the file and click "Recover" to restore the lost data to a secure place. We recommend that you do not store the recovered data on the disk where you lost it earlier.

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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