How to Recover Overwritten Files in Windows 10/8/7 Easily

Abby Haines updated on Jul 10, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Many users are asking for help on how to recover overwritten files. To fix this issue, here we'll introduce two possible overwritten data recovery methods to recover overwritten files in Windows 10/8/7. Besides, a free file recovery tool is recommended to help you recover lost, deleted, or formatted files effortlessly. The tutorial work with Word, Excel, PPT documents as well as many other types of files.

2 probable ways to recover overwritten files 
How to recover lost files with file recovery software

Is there any way that I can effectively recover overwritten files?

"Is there any way to get my Word document back that was overwritten? I have replaced an existing Word file with a newly built document with the same name by accident. I asked for help from my friend but only was told that the overwritten document cannot be restored. I don't want to give up because the original Word document is vital to me. Any help? Thanks in advance."

The word or Excel file getting overwritten happens a lot. And most of them are human errors. The overwritten files don't end up in Recycle bin; therefore, even if you can recover files from emptied recycle bin in Windows 10/8/7, you can't get back the lost original files.

Luckily, there are still several ways that can be applied to recover overwritten or replaced files. In this article, we will introduce two possible overwritten data recovery solutions. All of them work with Word, Excel, PPT documents, as well as many other types of files. What's more, a free file recovery tool is provided to help you recover lost, deleted, or formatted document effectively. 

2 Possible Ways to Recover Overwritten Files in Windows 10/8/7  

The most effective solutions to recover overwritten files are demonstrated below. You can try them all until the issue is solved.

Method 1. Recover Overwritten Files from the Previous Version

Previous Versions is a backup and recovery feature in Windows that can be used to restore deleted, formatted, modified, damaged or lost files and folders. You might be able to restore overwritten files from the Previous Version if you are lucky enough! Here's how to do it:

1. Right-click the file and choose "Properties".

2. Open the "Previous Version" tab.

3. Select the latest version and click "Restore" to get back the overwritten files.

recover overwritten files from the previous version

Method 2. Restore Placed Files Using System Restore

Restoring your system to the last backup point using System Restore is the easiest and most efficient way to recover overwritten files. Here are the steps.

1. Initiate the search for "system restore".

2. Click on the result.

3. Choose the date before the infection appearance.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to recover overwritten files. 

How to Recover Lost Files with Easeus Free File Recovery Software

If you can't use the above solutions to recover overwritten files or lost files, you can resort to a free data recovery software for help. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is capable of recovering lost files by accidental deletion, formatting, or virus attack when you don't have any backup. It supports restoring photos, videos, audio, emails, documents, as well as other 200+ file types from Windows & Mac hard disk (HDD and SSD), external hard drive, memory card, USB flash drive, Pen drive, SD card, and other removable disks.

Step 1. Select a location to start finding data

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, please select a location where you lose your data and start to scan, like Desktop, Libraries, hard drive, external storage devices or lost partitions.

select the device

Step 2. Scan your partition

Click the "Scan" button and the software begins to scan your partition to find as much lost data as possible.

the software will scan the drive to find all of your data

Tips for finding wanted data

  • Extra Files: find files that lost names or paths
  • Filter: a quick way to your wanted files
  • Search: e.g. file name/file extension

Step 3. Preview and recover lost files

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard allows you to preview specific recoverable files. After the preview or file filtering, you can target the tracked files and press the "Recover" button to get everything you want back. 

recover wanted data from your devices
Although you can use a data recovery tool to get back the lost files at most time, it is quite necessary to back up important data regularly. If you don't want to back up the files manually, or you often forget to back up, we strongly suggest that you use a professional schedule backup software for automatic backup. Thus, next time you meet the files overwriting problem, you can directly find out the original document without effort. 

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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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