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How to Recover Files Lost During Cut and Paste

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Jul 06, 2023 • Filed to: Recover Files • Proven solutions

What Happens When Cancelled Cut and Paste?

Hello, I need help with the cut and paste recovery issue. I transferred a folder, which contains 2GB worth of photos and files to a USB flash drive by cutting and pasting. When the transferring goes to about 85% I canceled it. And I found that some of the files got lost. Where the files go, and how can I recover the deleted files back? Can I recover them from clipboard history?

When you cut and paste the files, the file transfer proceeds on file by one from the location of transfer to the other location. If you interrupted the files which have not transferred yet, all will remain in the original location. You can check the location first if you cannot find the files or your data would lose or deleted. No worry, on the following we will offer the easy way to help you get all files back lost from cut and paste.

How to Recover Lost Files after Cutting and Pasting Folder

In this section, you will get the best-deleted file recovery software to help you recover files lost during cut and paste. Recoverit Data Recovery is a professional lost file recovery program, it can easily undelete all lost files from computer hard drive and other storage media like USB drive, SD card, external hard drive, etc.

Download and install the Recoverit files software on your computer, follow the next 3-step to get your all lost files back.

Steps on how to recover files lost in cut and paste

Step 1. Launch Recoverit files recovery software and select the location to get started.

select lost files location

Step 2. The recovery program will start scanning the disk to search your lost files, it will take minutes.

scanning the lost files

Step 3. In the end, you can preview some recovered files like photos, videos, audios, office files. Select your file and click the "Recover" button to get started.

preview recoered files

There is a very small chance of losing file when the transfer is interrupted, What if, you can follow the above solution to restore your lost files. And next you can check the video tutorial to learn how to use Recoverit Data Recovery and retrieve the lost file.

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Alternative Ways to Recover Files Lost in Cut and Paste

1. Recover with File History (Only for Windows 10)

To use this method, you must have enabled File History in Windows 10. Check it by going to Settings > Update & Security and click Backup. Check and see if the "Automatically back up my files option is turned on." If it is, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Go to the folder where the missing file should be.

Step 2: Click the Home tab and then click History.

Step 3: Find the missing file, double-click, and click Restore to recover the file.


2. Recover Previous Versions

This method is useful only when you have enabled File History in Windows 10 or have created a restore point. To use this method to recover Clipboard history, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to the file where a version was lost during a cut and paste action. Right-click it and click Properties. Then, click the Previous Versions Tab. You will view all the file versions available.
Step 2: Click the wanted version and click Restore.


3. Using System Restore

This method is useful only when you have enabled System Restore in Windows 10. A Restore Point allows you to return your computer to an earlier state before the cut and paster action. To use this method to recover copy and paste History, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Go to the Windows search box and type "create a restore point." Click the System Restore option, then click Next.


Step 2: You should view a list of Restore Points complete with dates and time stamps. Select your wanted Restore Point, click Next, and Finish. Go to the document folders and see if you have recovered the file(s) lost in cut and paste.


4. Try Windows File Recovery

Windows Recovery is a file recovery tool that Microsoft recently introduced to the Microsoft Store. The application is a command-line utility that provides users with a wide array of commands to recover many types of lost files.


To use this method to recover cut files, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch the application.

Step 2: Recover a Single File

Type, winfr C: D: /n \Users\Kevin\Videos\*.MP4 \Users\Kevin\Videos\*.MKV where MP4 and MKV represent video files. Change this extension to your desired file type.

Step 3: Recover Specific File Types from a Single Folder

Type, winfr C: D: /n \Users\Kevin\Videos\*.MP4 \Users\Kevin\Videos\*.MKV

Step 4: Recover a Folder

Type, winfr C: D: /n \Users\Kevin\Documents\Reports\. Replace the path with your specific folder path.

The application has many other commands, including using specific terms to recover files lost in cut and paste. See the full list of commands, type winfr /!, and press Enter.

5. Check Cloud Backup (If you have)

Do you use a cloud storage service such as OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive? If you do, you can recover files lost in cut and paste by following the steps below:

Step 1: Log in to the service using a browser. Do not sync the local app to avoid losing the cloud version.

Step 2: Find the lost file(s) and save it on your computer.


The methods above will help you recover files lost in cut and paste in most situations. However, if the file was deleted permanently, you need a more robust data recovery software such as Wondershare Recoverit.

People Also Ask

How do I recover a cut folder?

First, check your Clipboard history; if the file isn't there, try to recover with File History, Previous Versions, System Restore, Windows File Recovery, or check your cloud backup service using a browser.

How can I see my copy paste history?

Press the Windows button +V to see your Clipboard History.

How do I recover lost files from Ctrl Z?

This command is the keyboard shortcut for the Windows Undo command. Use to unto an action such as copying and pasting.

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