Recover Unsaved/Deleted/Lost Wordpad Documents in Windows 10/8/7

Roxanne updated on Jan 21, 2021 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

You may lose a Wordpad document unsaved because of a sudden failure of the program or computer, or you may delete a Wordpad document due to mistaken operation. Whatever the reason is, you can recover lost Wordpad documents through temp files or using EaseUS data recovery software.

"My computer stopped working when I was working on a rather long file in Wordpad. Then, I had to restart it without saving the file. Is it possible to recover unsaved WordPad documents in Windows 10? Any available WordPad recovery software?" 

The solutions to restore unsaved Wordpad files and recover deleted Wordpad files are different. See details in the following content.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover unsaved WordPad You can retrieve the Wordpad document not saved through the temporary files. Go to the Start menu...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover deleted WordPad You can use hard drive recovery software to recover lost a Wordpad document due to accidental deletion...Full steps

Wordpad Recovery Overview

More advanced but simpler than Microsoft Notepad, Wordpad is a free rich text editor provided by Microsoft Windows that allows you to create documents such as letters, notes, and posters. In daily use, you might encounter the same problems as in the example above: you lose the unsaved/saved Wordpad documents for program/device malfunction, false operation, disk formatting, sudden shutdown, accidental deletion, virus attack, etc. When the disaster occurs, don't fret, follow solutions here to recover unsaved or deleted WordPad documents effectively. 

How to Recover Unsaved WordPad Documents Through Temp Files

It's frustrating to lose the Wordpad documents unsaved as the Wordpad application or computer crashes, or you click No while trying to save an edited WordPad document. If the problem appears, do not feel discouraged. You can retrieve Wordpad document not saved through the temporary files on the Windows 10, or Windows 8/7 computer.

Step 1: Go to the Start menu on your computer, and type %AppData% in the Search bar.

Step 2: Press Enter to direct to C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming.

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Step 3: Type your lost .asd or .tmp at search bar in the top right corner. 

Step 4: Find the unsaved Wordpad document you want depending on the modified date.

Step 5: Copy and paste the document to the desktop and change the filename extension from .asd or .tmp to .odt.

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Also read: How to recover unsaved Word document after computer restarts/shuts down

How to Recover Deleted WordPad Document with Wordpad Recovery Software

If you have lost a Wordpad document due to accidental deletion, disk formatting, virus attack, partition loss, system crash, etc., you can use hard drive recovery software to troubleshoot. And EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free is capable of all types of data recovery, such as recovering permanently deleted files from computer hard drive, external hard drives, memory cards, flash drives, digital cameras, and camcorders.

Now, download this powerful Wordpad recovery software to restore deleted or lost Wordpad documents in Windows 10/8/7 and other previous Windows versions.

Step 1. Choose the Word file location.

Do you know where you lost Word files? If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, connect it to your computer first. Choose the hard disk drive or a specific folder and click the San button.

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Step 2. Scan all lost data.

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive, and you'll see more and more data showing up in the scan results. After the scan, click "Filter" and choose "Word" from the drop-down list to navigate the wanted Word documents. 

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Step 3. Select Word files and recover.

You're allowed to double-click and preview a Word file if you have Microsoft Word application installed on your computer. Finally, select the desired Word file and click "Recover".

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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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