Recover Unsaved/Deleted/Lost Notepad | Text Document

Tracy King updated on Jul 10, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you lose your notepad unsaved due to accidental closure, power failure or system crash, you can find an effective way to recover unsaved notepad in this article. Besides, a free file recovery tool is offered to help you recover deleted or lost .txt files with ease.

"Hi, do you know how to recover unsaved Notepad? I accidentally closed a .txt file that I was working on without saving. I hoped it would automatically save as a recent document or something, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Please help me out and show me how to restore unsaved notepad. Thank you."

It is very common for us to lose text files, documents or other files unsaved due to accidental closure, power outage, system crash, or other reasons. If you also happen to accidentally close your Notepad without saving the text and fail to find a proper way to recover the unsaved Notepad files, you can find a solution here. Besides, if you have lost the Notepad files because of careless deletion, storage device formatting, or virus attack, you can use the highly recommended free data recovery software to recover lost Notepad files. 

Part 1. Recover Unsaved Notepad Documents

Notepad does not have an auto-save function. So when you close an unsaved text document, it may be impossible for you to get it back. But you still have a chance to recover unsaved Notepad files from the temporary files since the contents of the Notepad files have been saved on your computer temporarily.  You can also recover unsaved word documents or Excel files from the temporary file. 

To avoid permanently losing the unsaved text files you wish to recover, don't shut down and restart your PC! Don't do anything else before you take these steps below.
  • Step 1: Go to "Start", type %AppData%, and press "Enter".
  • Step 2: Navigate to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming. 
  • Step 4: On the search bar, type filename of the notepad file, and then you get it back.

recover unsaved notepad files from temp files

Part 2. Recover Deleted/Lost Notepad Files

You can only use the temporary files to recover unsaved Notepad files. It won't work for restoring the lost saved document. Indeed, you can restore the lost or deleted TXT/Notepad Files within a few simple clicks using professional data recovery software like EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Over the past few years, it has made every effort to help with Office file recovery, Notepad file recovery, and Adobe file recovery

If you have lost your Notepad files because of accidental deletion, hard drive formatting, virus attack, system corrupted, you can use EaseUS data recovery program to help you recover lost Notepad documents from HDD, SSD, external hard drive, USB flash drive, Pen drive, or other storage media. 

Now, download and use this free file recovery software to recover deleted or lost Notepad files with the step-by-step guides below. 

The Text file recovery steps are:

  • Launch EaseUS file recovery software.
  • Select the file location, which can be a hard disk drive, an external USB flash drive/micro SD card or a specific folder on Desktop or somewhere else.
  • Click on the Scan button.
select the text file location
  • Files are showing up during the scan.
  • Quickly access the text files by choosing "Documents" from the drop-down list in "Filter".
scan lost text files
  • Lastly, select the text file and click on the Recover button.
select text files and recover

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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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