If you want to know an easy way on how to recover files and folders using Shadow Volume Copies, then this article is for you. Today we are going to take a look how to recover lost or deleted files and folders using previous version and shadow explorer. Sometimes we delete files by accident and need to recover that data, if you have system restore configured, you can use Shadow Volume Copies to recover that data. For example: if you created a word document 6 months ago and you deleted that file 6 months later, you can still recover that file with and data recovery software. We will be recovering that document using previous versions and shadow explorer. Now let’s say you got hit by crypto ransom ware, you could be lucky and be able to recover that data via shadow explorer.

To be able to use the Shadow copy feature, you must have previously have enabled it on your computer.

How to Enable Volume Shadow Copy in Windows 10?

Before using the Previous Versions feature, the user needs to enable “System Protection for media” in Windows:

Step 1: Go to “Run” and type Systdm.cpl then Go to the “System Protection” tab.

Enable Volume Shadow Copy
Enable Volume Shadow Copy

Step 2: Select a drive and press the configure button to enable or disable the system protection feature.

Turn On System Protection
Turn On System Protection

Recover Files and Folders Using Shadow Volume Copies

Step 1: Navigate to the folder or the file that you want to restore in a previous state and right-click on it.

Step 2: From the drop-down menu select “Restore Previous Versions”.

Recover Files and Folders Using Shadow Volume Copies
Recover Files and Folders Using Shadow Volume Copies

This dialog shows all the previous copies of this folder that are available.

Recover Files and Folders Using Shadow Volume Copies
Recover Files and Folders Using Shadow Volume Copies

Step 3: Select the folder version for the Users folder, and then click Open.

Step 4: Verify that the Public is listed in the folder, select and right-click Public, and then click Copy.

Step 5: On the other Windows Explorer window, navigate to the Local Disk (C:)\Users folder, and then click Paste.

When done then you can transfer the restored files at their original location. Finally, close the Windows Explorer window.


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