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Definition: Windows File Recovery

A utility that recovers deleted files after the recycle bin has been emptied. Windows File Recovery works on Windows 11 as well as the May 2020 update of Windows 10. Starting with the Winter 2021 update of the utility, Regular mode recovers recently deleted files on NTFS, FAT and exFAT partitions, while Extensive mode recovers files deleted a long time ago or even if the drive is corrupted or reformatted. See file system.