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

Many users are asking for help on how to recover overwritten files. To fix this issue, here we'll introduce three possible overwritten data recovery methods to recover overwritten files in Windows 10/8/7. The tutorial work with Word, Excel, PPT documents, as well as many other types of files.

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To recover an overwritten file on Windows 10 PC:

Step 1. Open Windows Explorer and find the folder where the file was located in.

Step 2. Right-click anywhere inside this folder and select "Properties".

Step 3. Select the "Previous Versions" tab. Look for an earlier version of the overwritten file and restore from it.

This page shows two useful ways in all to recover overwritten files as listed in the table below. Besides, a professional file recovery software is recommended for lost data recovery.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover from previous version Right-click the file and choose "Properties". Open the "Previous Version" tab. Select the latest...Full steps
Fix 2.  Restore via system restore Initiate the search for "system restore".  Click on the result.  Choose the date before the infection...Full steps
Bonus tip. Recover lost files You can resort to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover lost files by accidental deletion...Full steps

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 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 File Recovery Software

If you can't use the above solutions to recover overwritten files or lost files, you can resort to data recovery software for help. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is capable of recovering lost or deleted files in any complicated situation when you don't have any backup. 

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Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If your lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

select a location to scan

Step 2. The software will quickly scan the deleted files immediately, and then automatically perform a deep scan to find more lost files. After the scan is completed, you can use "Filter" to quickly filter specific file types.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Click the "Preview" button or double-click on a file for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and choose another safe location to save all the files at once.

Recover lost data

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. 

FAQs About How to Recover Overwritten Files

Here are a few more questions related to recovering overwritten files. If you also have any of these problems, you can find the methods here.

Is it possible to recover overwritten files?

If you've accidentally overwritten a file or folder, you can try to restore it from the previous versions. To recover overwritten files on Windows 10 computer, you can use the File History feature or restore points. As long as you have activated either of the two tools, you can use it to scan and recover overwritten files from your hard drive.

Can Recuva recover overwritten files?

No, Recuva doesn't work all the time. Recuva, as well as any data recovery software, cannot recover the data that has been overwritten. These data recovery software can only restore deleted, formatted, and other lost data.

Can overwritten files be recovered from the SD card?

If you have overwritten your SD card by mistake, the file is lost by overwritten in SD card still can be recovered by means of file recovery. You can try to recover the files from backup or using a data recovery program to recover the lost data. 

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors and data recovery specialists of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is mainly good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization of RAID 0, 5, and 10.

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Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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