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If you have accidentally overwritten an important file or folder with a new one, you can still recover the original file/folder with powerful data recovery software. There are lots of data recovery programs on the web, but most of these programs are ineffective and takes an awful lot of time to recover overwritten data. In this article, we take a closer look at the best data recovery software ever made as well as how to recover overwritten files on Windows manually.

Part 1: How to Recover Overwritten Files on Windows with the Easiest Method

iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows is a unique, comprehensive and the most complete data recovery tool for Windows users. The program comes with an extremely simple and user-friendly interface that allows everyone to operate it with ease, including the non-tech users with less knowledge on computers. Once you install it on your PC, you can use the "Quick Scan" or "Deep Scan" mode to scan your PC deeply and recover overwritten files. The software is safe and risk-free to use since it only scans your device and can't change or remove anything. Also you may have noticed that there are many windows users have been attacked by WannaCry virus and asked for ransom to get back the deleted files these days. Before you do anything, maybe you can try iSkysoft Data Recovery at first.

Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Overwritten Files on Windows

Note: You can't download and install iSkysoft Data Recovery on the original drive from which your data was lost to avoid "data overwriting". Moreover, to recover files from an external storage device, you must connect it to your computer.

Step 1 Download and Launch the Program

Launch Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer or any other Windows browser and go to iSkysoft official website. Download the iSkysoft Data Recovery program and then open or double-click on the "downloaded file" to install the program on your PC. Launch the software by double clicking on the software's icon from your desktop background. You'll then be able to see the 6 file type options displayed on the software's main interface. You can choose one or more tabs and click "Next" button to go on.

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Step 2 Select the Target Device

You'll see the partitions on your computer displayed on the screen. Select the partition and choose the scan option. Click the "Start" button to begin the scanning process.

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The scanning process with "Deep Scan" mode takes longer time compared to other recovery modes, but it's always effective. You'll be able to see the scan progress, the number of files found, the remaining scan time, and the Pause/Stop/Save Scan buttons, which are all displayed on the screen.

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Step 3 Recover Overwritten Files

When the scanning process is complete, check the specific files that you would like to recover and then click the "Recover" button to save them to another drive on your PC or external storage media.

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Why Choose This Overwritten File Recovery Windows Software:

  • iSkysoft Data Recovery for Windows recovers all kinds of files, including lost, resized, damaged, corrupted, formatted and deleted data.
  • The program is designed with four excellent modes for recovering data.
  • It offers flexible recovery settings as well as full-time preview ability of the found data.
  • You can use the program to recover data from PC/Laptop's drive, memory cards, external disk, USB flash and more.
  • Users can pause or stop scanning at any time, save recent scanning results for future use, search lost files with names after scanning, and do so much more.

Part 2: How to Recover Overwritten Files on Windows Manually

You can easily retrieve overwritten files and folders manually, based on your Windows version. Windows 7, 8 and 10 comes with unique functions that save previous versions of users files and folders as a safety net. In case you experience problems with the original files or folders, you can still access and restore the previous versions.

Step-by-Step Guide to Recover Overwritten Files on Windows Manually

Step 1 Access the "Backup and Restore" Tab

If you are using Windows 10, open the "Start" menu or press the Windows Key + S buttons to open the Cortana keyboard search, type "backup" and then choose "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" option.

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In Windows 8, open the "Settings" search by pressing the Windows Key + W buttons, type "windows 7" and then click "Windows 7 File Recovery".

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For Windows 7 users, open the "Start" menu by pressing the Windows Key on your keyboard, type "backup" and then select "Backup and Restore" option.

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Step 2 Open the Files/Folders Restoration Window

Click the "Restore my files" option in "Restore" section if you want to restore your personal files/folders. Select the "Restore all user's files" button to recover other user's files. Click the "Select another backup to restore files from" to restore files from a different backup.

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Step 3 Select a Backup by Date to Restore Files and Folders

All files/folders to be restored are always displayed from the latest backup. However, if you want to restore data from an older backup click the "Choose a different date" option.

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In the "Restore Files" window, select a time frame to display older backups from the "Show backups from" box.

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Select the backup date you would like to use and click on the "OK" button.

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Note: The "Browse" or "Search your backup for files and folders to restore" window shows the selected date and time.

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Step 4 Select Files and Folders to Restore

If you can't remember where the files and folders you want to restore were saved, click "Search". Type keywords in the "Search for" field and click the "Search" button. If the search results display the files you want to restore, click the specific file or use the "Select all" button and then click the "OK" button to add the items to the list of files/folders to be restored.

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Alternatively, you can also find the files/folders to restore by yourself. Click the "Browse for files" or "Browse for folders" button. In the "Browse the backup for windows files" window, find and select the files you would like to restore and click the "Add Files" button. In the "Browse the Backup for folders or drivers" window, click the "Add Folder" button to add the selected folders to the list of items to be restored. The root folder of the latest backup opens first. Simply double click the hard drive with the folder to be recovered.

Your videos, music, photos, and other files are located saved in drive C. Find the exact folder you want to restore, click it once and click the "Add folder" button. You can remove individual files/folders from the list by just clicking on them and then selecting the "Remove" button. "Remove all" button clears the whole list. If you feel that the list of files and folders to be restored is complete, click the "Next" button.

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Step 5 Restore Files/Folders

Select the "In the original location" option to restore the items to the folders they were previously. If there are files or folders with the same name, you’ll be asked whether you would like to overwrite the files/folders. Click the "Restore" button. "Copy File" prompts opens if the files with the same name already exist. Click "Copy and Replace" to overwrite the existing files/folders, "Don't copy" to keep the existing file or "Copy, but keep both files" to compare both files. To use the same answer for all the "Copy file" prompt questions, check the "Do this for all conflict" box before you can select your preferred option. Click the "Finish" if all your files/folders have been restored.

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Restore Items to Alternate Location. Select "In the following location" and check the "Restore the files to their original subfolders" to recreate the whole folder in an alternate location. Example, you can select C:\Restored as an alternate location. If you restore a file named Test.txt from the "Documents" folder, a whole folder tree will be created, (C:\Restored\C\Users\\Documents\Test.txt). Click "Browse" to select the alternate folder. In the "Browse For Folder" window select any empty folder or click the "Make New Folder" button and create a new one. Click the "Restore" button to recover the selected files and folders. Once the items are successfully restored, click the "View restored files" to open the alternate restore folder.

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