4 Simple Ways to Recover Files from Corrupt USB Flash Drive


Were you unable to access any data on your USB? The reason behind this is, if your drive is corrupted or damaged, you will be unable to access any data saved on it. The only way to open your important files on corrupt USB is to perform USB drive recovery. With the help of various methods explained in the article, you will be able to access and recover your files without any hassle.

When a drive becomes corrupt, it becomes unresponsive and data stored on the drive cannot be accessed. This could either be due to physical damage on the drive or logical issues. Losing your important files due to USB corruption could be devastating. Let us know the causes that lead to USB corruption.

What causes USB corruption?

If you are wondering how a USB can become corrupt, here are a few common reasons that lead to USB drive corruption.

    1.   Removing USB before ejecting it could lead to USB corruption. When the OS runs read/write actions in the background, improper removal of USB can lead to file system corruption. Therefore, it is always suggested to eject the flash drive before disconnecting it.
    2.   Sudden power loss can cause damage to the drive as all the active operations performed on the drive will be abruptly stopped.
    3.   Too much exposure to harsh conditions such as excess temperature or exposure to water can damage USB physically.
    4.   USB flash drives use NAND flash memory chips to store larger set data in a limited storage space. However, multiple read/write operations limit the functions of NAND in the long run and can make USB susceptible to corruption.
    5.   Using USBs on various devices without running anti-virus can corrupt USB flash drives and create shortcut files on pen drives. Therefore, it is always recommended to run anti-virus software to keep your USB free from Virus or malware.

Indications or Signs of USB Corruption

Below listed are few errors that are encountered when USB becomes corrupt:

    •         USB device not recognized:  When OS fails to read the USB file system, it displays the error device not recognized.
    •         Problem ejecting USB mass storage device: The error is encountered when there are programs running in the background even after ejecting the USB.
    •         Disk is not formatted Error: Usually appears when data cannot be read by OS and trying to access RAW drive.
    •         Error copying files and folders: The error is caused due to various reasons like corruption in the file, file size limitation and virus intrusion.
    •         Error 0x80071AC3 volume is dirty: The error appears when there are bad sectors on the drive or due to damaged/corrupt USB ports.
    •         The file or directory is corrupt and unreadable: The error is mainly due to corruption in FAT or MFT partitions [ File allocation table, Master file table] on USBs.

Sometimes, not only errors, the drive also shows used space but no files on it.  When you encounter any of the above-mentioned errors, it’s likely that your USB is corrupted and you need to repair the corrupt USB. However, repairing the drive would lead to data loss from the USB. Therefore, t is suggested to recover data from USB and then repair the drive.

Is it possible to recover files from a corrupt USB flash drive?

Yes, it is possible to recover files from a corrupt USB drive. All you have to do is, stop using the drive immediately and perform USB data recovery.

Accuracy of recovering data from USB is generally based on the type of corruption. 

    • Data from physically damaged USB cannot be retrieved as it damaged the drive completely.
    • You can recover files from USB when the drive is logically corrupted.

      Methods to recover data from corrupt USB
      1. Assign a drive letter
      2. Update the USB drivers
      3. View hidden files using CMD
      4. Recover Files from corrupt Drive using SFWare USB Data Recovery Software

Therefore, if your drive has no external damage, you can go ahead with recovering files from the logically corrupt USB drive explained in the next session.

First three methods help you clear certain errors caused by corruption on USB but don’t assure complete recovery of your data. In such a situation, all you need is a trusted data recovery software that is proficient with unique algorithms to recover data from a corrupt USB drive. SFWare USB data recovery software is one of the most trusted and secure software to recover corrupt USB without causing any damage to your important files.

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4 Ways to Recover Corrupt USB Drive

As mentioned above, if your drive is logically corrupt and displaying errors, these methods will certainly help you access your data from corrupt USB.

Methods 1: Assign the Drive Letter

If you thumb drive is not assigned properly or assigned with an incorrect drive letter, you end up receiving USB errors and cannot access data on it.

    1.  First, right-click Start button -> Click on the Disk ManagementDisk Management to fix corrupt USB
    2. Right-click on your corrupted USB drive -> Select Change Drive Letter and Paths…
      Disk management to recover corrupt USB
    3. Now, click on the drive letter -> Change button. Select a different letter from the drop-down list and Click OK.Disk management- change drive letter
      Once the process is completed, try to access your USB using Windows explorer and see if you are able to access the files from USB.

Method 2: Update the USB Device Drivers

Sometimes, when drivers are not updated, you might end up encountering errors like USB not recognized. Reinstalling or updating would solve the issue.

    1. Right-click the Start icon and click on Device ManagerDevice manager to recover corrupt USB
    2. Click on Disk drives, right-click your USB, and click Uninstall device.Device Manager-update disk drivers

Once you complete the steps, remove your USB then plug it again, this automates the latest drivers to be downloaded and installed automatically.

Methods 3: View hidden files using CMD

If your files are hidden due to viruses or any bad sectors on USB, this will help you fix the bad sectors and enable you to view the hidden files.

    1.   Type CMD on search bar >> Run as Administrator
    2.   Type the following commands on the command prompt window and Replace D with your USB Drive letter

      a. To Check bad sectors: type chkdsk D: /f /r and press EnterCHKDSK to corrupt USB recoveryb. To unhide the files: type attrib -h -r -s /s /d D:*.* and press EnterCHKDSK to unhide files in USB

Make sure, your USB is not write protected, if the USB is write protected, you will not be able to access the drive via CHKDSK as well.

Method 4: An Absolute Way to Recover Files from Corrupt USB Drive

To recover files from corrupt USB all you need is, download and install the USB data recovery software on your computer. Connect your USB drive to the computer and launch the application.

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    1.   Select Recover Drive/Partition options from the main screen, click on Drive/Partition Recovery option.Recover data from corrupt USB
    2.   Select your corrupt USB drive from the listed disks option and click nextSelect corrupt USB drive to recover files
    3.   The algorithm initiates the scan process as soon you select your drive. Once the scanning completes, you will be able to see the recoverable files from the drive.
      Recover files from corrupt USB drive

Select the files you want to recover from the corrupt USB drive and click next. Preview the files and Save them in a desired location. Make sure you save them in a different location as saving the files on the original location might damage the existing files on the drive.



Data loss due to corruption is inevitable. With the help of above-mentioned recovery methods, you will be able to recover data from a corrupt USB drive without any hassle. A few methods will help you access the data from the drive but cannot assure complete recovery. In such a situation, you can rely on SFWare data recovery software to retrieve corrupt USB. Also, it is recommended to always keep backup of your important data to avoid any data loss conditions. 


What to Do When USB or Pen drive Disk is Write Protected and Cannot Format?


Can’t format the USB drive as it is write-protected? Do not worry! Here is a simple guide that describes how to format write protected USB Flash Drives. We all know, with formatting, data loss is inevitable. If you are facing any data loss from USB, you are just 3 steps away from recovering them.

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You may have encountered the error disk is write protected, due to which you cannot format the USB drive. Wondering what this write protected do? Or why is the drive write-protected? Then scroll down below!

What does write-protection on USB mean?

When a USB drive is write protected, you won’t be able to create new files, edit, delete files or format the drives as it will be on read only mode.  Write protection on USB flash drives/ pen drives are used mainly to stop accidental data loss from the device. The function also helps you block viruses that could damage the files on the drive and make sure that data is not accidentally overwritten or deleted.

If you are facing trouble and cannot format the write protected USB, follow the methods described in the next section.

Simple Ways to Format Write Protected USB on Windows 11/10/8

To format the write protected USB, try the simple yet effective solutions explained below. Once the USB is formatted you can perform any functions like creating a new file or edit files saved on the drive.

    1.  Check the physical switch or slider on the USB to remove write protection
    2.  Format write-protected USB drive using Diskpart Command Prompt
    3. Use Registry Edit to format the write protected USB drive

However, once you format the write protected USB drive, all the data present on the drive is deleted. Therefore, make sure you have a back up or recover data from the USB drive before formatting the drive.

Method 1: Unlock the write protection switch on USB

Most USB flash drives come with a physical switch on one of the sides. Verify if there is a lock on the USB and just slide the switch in the opposite direction to unlock the write protection on the pen drive.

What if you have no physical switch on USB? Wondering how to format the write protected USB? Try the next methods to fix the problem: cannot format the write protected USB drive.

Method 2: Use Diskpart command to format the write protected USB

Diskpart is a command line used to clear all write-protection file attributions from the USB and helps you reformat it again.

Note: Make sure you don’t have any important files on the drive as formatting the drive causes data loss.

    1. Press Windows + R to open Run >> type diskpart >> Enter. Now, Diskpart command prompt utility is launched.diskpart command prompt to format write protected USB
    2. Input (type) the following below command and hit Enter after each command.
      • list disk
      • select disk n (Here n refers to the number of your USB drive from the above listed drives.)
      • attributes disk clear readonlyDiskpart commands to remove write protection on USB

By running these commands, your USB attributes will be set to write new content and clear read only mode. Verify if you can format the files from the write protected pen drive now.

Method 3: Use Registry Edit to format the write protected USB drive

Registry edit is the utility that helps you alter the keys to change the attribute of the USB drive.

Note: Make sure you use the right commands. Any wrong steps might risk your USB and cause serious issues. If you lose any data during the process, you can easily recover data from the formatted USB  with the help of an effective SFWare data recovery tool.

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  1. Press Windows + R Key to open Run command or type: Regedit.exe in the search box >> click on run as administrator to open the Registry editor.regedit.exe to remove write protection from USB
  2. Navigate to: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
  3. In the right-hand pane of Regedit.exe., double-click on the WriteProtect value. Make sure the volume data field is marked as “0
  4. Open it by double clicking on it and changing the Value data from “1” to “0” and click “OK” to save the change.Change value from 1 to 0

Now close Regedit and restart your computer and verify if you format your write protected pen drive. You will see that the write protection is removed and the device is no longer write-protected.


With the help of the above mentioned methods you can easily format the write protected USB drives. As you know, formatting the drive will cost your data as well. Therefore, it is always recommended to have a backup of your files. If you have formatted your important files and folders without any backup, do not worry! You can always rely on SFWare data recovery software to recover data from formatted USB flash drives.


How to Stop Windows from Restarting Randomly?


If you are looking for ways to fix frequent restarting of Windows computers, you are on the right track. This article guides you to fix random restart of Windows using various easy approaches. If you have lost any data due to this computer randomly rebooting issue, do not worry, you can just hit on the download button and recover your lost files in just 3 simple steps.

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What Makes Windows Computer to Restart Frequently?

If Windows restarts randomly without any warning this can be due to any of the following reasons-

  1.   Software Errors: Generally, computer reboots or restarts due to software conflicts when you have installed new software or driver on your system.  

Fix: If the PC starts to restarts randomly after the installation of the software, you need to uninstall the recently installed software and perform the system restore of an old date.

  1.   Hardware Errors: PCs or laptops, they are designed in a way to restart and shut down when the process heat exceeds the certain limit. Also, the dust particles in the systems cabinet could also create the problem.


    1.     Make sure you keep your laptop/PCs off when not in use or make use of sleep mode to avoid overheating of your processor.
    2.     Always clean the system cabinet to make your PC free from dust particles.
    3.     Test power supply and check the possible loose connection of the hard disk, DVD drive from the motherboard and reconnect to avoid any glitch.
  1.   Computer virus: Some computer viruses are capable of restarting your computer without any warnings.  Viruses such as the blaster virus are designed to reboot your computer without warning.

Fix: Make use of Anti-Virus software regularly

If you are done verifying the causes and still the problem persists, follow the methods given in the next section to fix the computer restarts randomly without warning.

Can Frequent Rebooting or Restarting of Windows Damage PC?

If you are wondering if frequent restart or often rebooting of computers damage PCs, the answer would be Yes. Unplanned restarts can lead to data loss and even long-term damage to your PC components, so make sure you perform periodic backups. If you have no backups, you can always rely on a safe and secure thirst party recovery too

You can make use of SFWare Data Recovery Software that helps you recover data from various data loss scenarios. One software can help you recover data from all the versions of Windows including the latest Windows 11 and other older versions.

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How do I Fix the Random Restarting of Windows Computer?

Try the following methods one after the other and verify if the rebooting of computer is stopped. If computer keeps restarting or rebooting, follow the next given methods to fix frequent rebooting.

Change Advanced Power Settings

Disable automatically restart feature

Reinstall your graphic card driver

Change your power plan to High performance

Update BIOS

Test your RAM for errors

Reset your system to factory settings without losing data

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Method 1: Change Advanced Power Settings

If you are having random restarts on Windows, you might want to try changing the power settings to fix it.

Power and Sleep setting to avoid random restart of computer

    1.    Go to Windows search and type power >>Choose Power & sleep settings
    2.   Now click on Additional power settings on your right panel
    3.    Find your plan and click on Change plan settings
    4.   Now click on Change advanced power settings and locate Processor Power Management
      Computer restarts randomly
    5.   You should see the Minimum Processor State value that is set to 100%.
    6.   Change Minimum Processor State to some other value, such as 0 >> Save the changes.

Method 2: Disable automatically restart feature

In order to protect the system from corruption or any logical errors, automatic restart option shuts down the system. If there’s a bug with the latest update and your system is behaving normally with disabling of random restarts, you can try disabling the option and verify if that clears the problem.
stop rebooting or restarting of computer

    1.    In the Windows Search bar, type Advanced settings >> choose View advanced system settings from the list >> Open Advanced
    2.   Open Settings under Startup and Recovery section.
    3.   Disable the Automatically restart box >> Confirm the changes.

Method 3: Reinstall your graphic card driver

Windows automatically installs its drivers. However, if you install graphics card drivers from your graphics card manufacturer, it can sometimes cause conflicts and random restart. To fix this rebooting/restarting issue, you need to install additional drivers after Windows performs its update and installs the necessary drivers first.

Note: If you have already installed your graphics card drivers, you might need to uninstall them and install them again in order to fix this issue by restarting your computer.

    1.   Press Windows Key + X >> choose Device Manager from the list.
    2.   Now, locate your graphics card >> right-click and choose Uninstall device.
    3.   Check Delete the driver software for this device and click Uninstall >> restart your computer.
    4.   Download the latest driver from your graphics card manufacturer’s website and install it.

Method 4: Change your power plan to High performance

If you’re having random restarts on Windows, sometimes the best solution is to change your power plan to High performance.

Note: By changing your mode to high performance. PCs or laptops consume more power. As the Laptop will drain faster, you may have to recharge it often.

    1.   Type power in Windows Search >>Choose Power & sleep settingsPower and Sleep setting to avoid random restart of computer
    2.    Now click on Create power plan
    3.   When Power Options window opens
    4.   When the Power Options window opens, choose High performance

      High performance to avoid frequent restarting of computer

Method 5:  Update BIOS to avoid restarting of computer

Sometimes you can fix random restarts on Windows including Windows 11/10/8 by updating your BIOS. To update your BIOS, you need to visit your motherboard manufacturer’s website and download the latest version of BIOS.

Before you update BIOS, make sure that you check your motherboard’s manual in order to update BIOS properly.

Note: If you’re not careful, you can cause permanent damage to your computer, so be careful if you decide to update your BIOS. If you don’t know how to do it properly, please contact an expert.

Method 6: Test your RAM for errors

The first symptom of something went wrong with your RAM, Windows restarts randomly
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1. Press Windows key + R to start Run >> type mdsched.exe >> press Enter.

2. Choose to restart your PC and >> after the initial BIOS screen, the scan should start.

3. Wait for the procedure to end and check if the problem still exists.

Method 7: Reset your system to factory settings without losing data

When the computer restarts randomly, you might be on the verge of losing your important unsaved data. Therefore, make sure you restart your system to factory settings.

    1.   Press Windows key + I to open Settings >> Click on the Update & Security section.
    2.   Choose Recovery from the left panel >> Click Get started under Reset this PC.
    3.   Choose Keep my files and start the recovery process.

Method 8: Recover Lost Data From Computer

If you have lost any data due to frequent rebooting or restarting of computer, SFWare is your best choice. Download and Install SFWare Data Recovery Software on your computer, launch the application.
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    1. Select Recover Files from the main screen to recover any deleted or lost files from your computerSelect Recover files to Recover lost files2. Choose Lost File Recovery and select the drive from which you want to recover files lost due to frequent rebooting of computerSelect lost file recovery3. Select the file type from the list and click on next. If you are not sure of the file type, the software lists all the recoverable files lost from your computer.Select the file types from the list
      Choose the files you want to recover and click on Next. Preview the files, if you are satisfied with the results, save the files on your computer. Make sure you save the files in different location, saving files on the same location may



With all the above-mentioned methods, you should be able to stop your Windows from restarting randomly. Try one method after another and verify if the problem still persists. If the problem still exists, make sure you keep the backup of your important data before it gets late. However, you can make use of SFWare Data Recovery software, if you ever encounter any data loss situations. 

How to Recover Deleted or Lost Files on Windows 11?


Accidentally deleted files from Windows 11? Do not worry! This article is a complete guide if you are looking for ways to recover files on Windows 11. For a quick and safe recovery of deleted files on Windows 11, you can make use of the most recommended tool that recover your files in jiffy-SFWare data recovery tool.

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With all focus on security and user interface Windows 11 is the finest Windows version available till date. Despite all the visual upgrades and performance tweaking data loss is still an issue that remains unaddressed. Although Microsoft tried to address the issue by providing free Windows data recovery software, data loss in Windows 11 remains as one of the major concerns for the users.

Let us understand why data loss happens in Windows 11 and try to find better alternative to recover the deleted or lost data.

Why Data Loss happens in Windows 11?

If you are wondering updating to Windows 11 is the reason behind data loss, the answer is no. however, there are other reasons that might cause data loss from Windows 11 which are discussed below:

Interruption while updating:

During upgrading to Windows 11, the computer will be in vulnerable state. Any interruption caused to the process can damage the system files on the drive or drive itself, leading to data loss.

Type of Install you Choose:

While installing Windows 11, you will be asked to choose between Upgrade or Custom. Custom allows you to change the settings and functionality. If you are not aware of the steps to take, it has an ability to wipe the data off from the computer.

Hard drive failure:

Hard drive or SSD, if it is on the verge of failure, it is suggested not to use the drive for updating. If the failing drive is crashed while upgrading to windows 11, this makes the process incomplete resulting in data loss.

Virus intrusion:

No computer is free from virus threat. Virus or malware can cause damage to files and makes your important files inaccessible. Therefore, it is always advised to run antivirus or Windows defender on before inserting any new external devices to your computer.


Accidental deletion of files, inappropriate partitioning the drive on Windows 11 or using a wrong parameters and attributes in CMD or DISKPART also leads to data loss that you were not intended to delete.

Want to know what happened to files deleted from Windows 11? Is it possible to recover deleted files from Windows 11? Follow the next sections to know how deleted file recovery is made possible on Windows 11.

Where do deleted files go?

When files are deleted or lost from Windows computer, only the entry that registers the address of the file is removed and not the files themselves. Later, the Windows OS marks the space available for the new data to be written. Therefore, with the help of few recovery methods you can restore the deleted files on Windows 11.

How to Recover Deleted Files in Windows 11? 

To recover files and folders deleted in Windows 11, you can make use of recovery methods described below:

How to Recover Deleted Files Using Recycle Bin on Windows 11?

Any files you delete, be it accidental or intentional, the deleted files go to Recycle Bin. Files can be easily recovered from Recycle Bin unless you deleted all the files from Recycle Bin or used Shift + Delete keys to delete files. Using Shift Delete to delete files cause permanent deletion of files from recycle bin becomes impossible.

    1. Go to Desktop and find Recycle Bin icon
    2. Double-click on the icon or right -click on the folder and click on open
    3. Now, navigate to the files you want to recover. Select multiple files to recover, right-click on it and choose Restore.
    4. You will find your files restored in the original location

How to Recover Deleted Files Using the Backup on windows 11?

Windows built-in utility File History helps you back up files and recover files deleted using Shift Delete as well. The feature only works if you have enabled File History option. File History keeps back up of certain system folders like Documents, Music, Pictures and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files if available offline on your computer. If you want back up of other folders, you can add them to any of these folders.

Once you enable File History, over time, you’ll have a complete backup of your files. You can make use of back up files in situations like accidental deletion of important files, when the file is corrupt or damaged, you can restore them from backups.
Restore files deleted from Windows 11 using File History

    • Type File History in the search box on the task bar
    • Select Restore your files with File History

All the files that you backed up appears on the File History window. If there are multiple backup versions, you can select the recent backup to recover files deleted from Windows 11 lately.

Recover files using Microsoft’s Windows File Recovery Application on Windows 11

Microsoft’s Windows File Recovery application is a command line utility that can be used to recover deleted or lost files from the Windows system.

      1. Go to Microsoft Store and type Windows File Recovery. Download and install the application and launch it.
        Microsoft's File Recovery app to recover files on Windows 11
      2. Once the app is installed, right-click on the Windows icon on your taskbar and select Windows Terminal (Admin)/ Windows PowerShell (Admin)
      3. Next, enter the command in the PowerShell window. The command will help you recover the files on drive C to drive D.winfr C: D: /regular /n \Users\<username>\Download\ – Recovers your Downloads folder from your C: drive to the recovery folder on D: drive

    Windows PowerShell to recover files on Windows 11You can replace the file names and destination folder names with the ones you require.

    Once the recovery is completed, go to destination folder and verify if all the files are recovered.

    If you were unable to recover files from any of the above-mentioned recovery methods, all you need is a trusted and effective deleted file recovery tool.

    Recover Deleted File and Folders on Windows 11 using Data Recovery Tool

    With SFWare Data Recovery Software you can recover permanently deleted files from Windows 11.

    The software supports recovery of all types of files such as Word, PowerPoint, excel, video, audio, email data file, system files etc.

    Easily recovers files from corrupt drives without causing any damage to the recovered files

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    Free download SFWare Data Recovery software on your computer and recover deleted files on Windows 11 operating system.

    Step 1: Choose Recover Files option from the main screen to recover deleted files from Windows 11

    Select Recover Files to recover deleted files from Windows 11
    Step 2: Select the drive of deleted files and then click the Next button to continue

    Select internal drive to recover files on Windows 11
    Step 3: After the software completes scanning the drive, the recoverable files are listed on the screen. All you have to do is, select the files you want to recover and click Next

    Scanning the drive to recover files on Windows 11
    Step 4: After the process is completed, you will have the recoverable files ready to save. You can also preview the files before saving it.

    Preview files before savingConclusion

    With all the above-mentioned recovery methods  explained  you will be able to recover files from Windows 11 without any hassle. If you were unable to recover deleted files on Windows 11 using any free methods, you can always rely on SFWare data recovery software which helps you recover files without any hassle.

PowerPoint Files Recovery: Recover Deleted or Unsaved PPT/PPTX/PPS Files


Lost your PowerPoint presentation files? Worried about losing your unsaved PPT files? Do not worry, this article is a go to guide to recover PowerPoint files. Be it deleted, lost or unsaved PowerPoint files, with the help of the methods explained here, you will be able to recover PowerPoint files without any hassle.


Recover Deleted Unsaved PowerPoint Files

PowerPoint is one of the most widely used software across the globe both in education and business sectors.  We all know how tedious it is to design a presentation and losing these files can prove to be very costly.  With the help of methods mentioned below, you will be able to recover PowerPoint files from any storage devices(internal/external).

Quick Navigation for Rapid Recovery of PPT Files

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Deleted PowerPoint Files 1. Recycle Bin

2.  File History

3. Use SFWare Data Recovery Software for Windows

1. Mac Trash

2. Time Machine

3. Use SFWare Data Recovery Software for Mac

Unsaved PowerPoint Files 1. Auto Recovery Feature of PowerPoint Application

2. Recover unsaved File Feature

1. Auto Recovery Feature of PowerPoint

2. Recover unsaved File Feature

How do I Recover Deleted PowerPoint files?

If you have deleted your PPT files accidentally you can easily recover using Recycle Bin in Windows and Mac Trash in macOS. If you have deleted your PowerPoint files using Shift Delete keys or rm commands, it surpasses the Recycle Bin and Trash. Therefore, this method cannot be used to recover files.

For Windows OS Users:

Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files from Recycle Bin

To recover PPT files from Bin, click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop. Once you open the folder, you will see all recently deleted files, Right Click on the PPT file you want to recover and Select Restore. Once you click on Restore, the files will be sent back to its original location.

Recover PPT files using File History

File History is the built-in backup feature in Windows, that helps you to restore files from the previous versions.

Note: This method is helpful only if you have set the backup point or enable it before you lose your PowerPoint files from the computer.

  1. Click on Start menu and type Control Panel>> Select System & SecurityRecover PowerPoint files using File History
  2. Select the option labelled File History >> Restore files with File History
  3. Select the file/s you want to restore and click the Restore button

For Mac Users:

Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files from Mac Trash

To recover PPT/PPTX files, go to the Trash icon on the dock of your Mac. Once the folder is opened, find and select the PPT or PPTX file you wish to recover. Now, right-click and select the Put Back option to restore it to its original location. Or you can just drag and drop the selected file to another folder.

Recover Deleted PPT Files from Mac Time Machine

Time Machine is a built-in back up feature for Mac operating systems. To make use of the application, you need to enable the option. If you have not enabled the feature, this method won’t help you in recovering PPT files.

  1. Open Spotlight [Command + Spacebar] >> type Time Machine
  2. Navigate through the folders to locate your PPT or PPTX file from available backups.
  3. Now, after selecting the PPT files, click on Restore

Recover Deleted or Lost PowerPoint Files using SFWare Data Recovery Software

For Windows Users:

Download the SFWare Data Recovery Software on your computer and Launch the application.

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1: Select Recover Deleted Files from main screen
Recover Deleted PowerPoint Files on Windows

2: Next, select the drive from where deleted PPT files are to be recovered and click on the Next button.

Select the drive to recover deleted PPT files

3: Now, all the recoverable files will appear on the screen. Next, double click on any file to preview.

Preview the recovered PPT files

4: Select the files you need and save them in any desired location.

For Mac Users:

Download the SFWare Data Recovery Software for Mac and install it. Launch the application on your Mac computers.

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1: Run the application and click on Recover Files from the home screen

Two options are provided – Recover deleted files and Recover lost files. Select the option based on your data lost scenarios.
Recover deleted PPT files on Mac

2: Select the drive from which data needs to be recovered
Select Mac Volume to recover PPT files

3: After completion of the scanning process, recoverable files are displayed.
Recover PowerPoint files from Mac using Data or File type view

4: Select required files from the list and preview them in Mac finder style. If you’re satisfied with the result, save them in any desired location.
Preview recovered PPT files on Mac

By the end of the recovery process, you should have all your deleted PPT files restored successfully at the destination you picked. But remember not to save recovered files to the same drive from where the deleted file recovery has been done.

How to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files in Windows and Mac Computers?

To recover PowerPoint files that are not saved, PowerPoint provides features that can help recover your unsaved or lost files. All PowerPoint application versions from 2010 and onwards have the Auto Recovery feature and the Recover Unsaved Presentations option.

Recover Unsaved PPT/PPTX Files using Auto Recovery Feature

Note: You can recover unsaved files using Auto Recovery only if it is enabled. If you have not turn on the option, to enable this feature, you must ensure that the AutoRecover information option is turned on.

Verify AutoRecover on Windows: Open any File >> Options >> Save >> Save Presentations >> Save Auto-Recover info

Verify AutoRecover on Mac: Open PowerPoint >> PowerPoint Preferences >> Save >> Save Options >> Save AutoRecover info

Steps to Recover Unsaved PowerPoint Files on Windows

Open the PowerPoint>> go to File >> Info >> Manage Versions >> Recover Unsaved Presentations.

Steps to Recover unsaved PowerPoint Files on Mac

  1. Open a Finder window on your Mac.
  2. Select the entire computer as the location >> enter ‘AutoRecovery’ in the Search field.
  3. Double-click on the PPT file to be recovered. Select the File menu and choose Save A

You can find the recovered PPT files in the given location.

Tips to avoid Data Loss in future

Having a regular backup is a great way to combat data loss. Hence, keep more than one backup of your PPT/PPTX file.

In case if you happen to lose data due to device crashes or drive corruption, you can always rely on the backup data. In case if you have no backup, you can always seek a help of the data recovery software.

Start the data recovery process immediately. The longer you wait, the restoration chances of files would become more uncertain.

How to Open, Extract RAR files on Windows & Mac?


Extracting RAR files can be the easiest task if you are regular user of .rar or .zip formats. If you are newly exploring the file formats such as RAR or facing any difficulties in extracting RAR files, this article explains the simplest ways to open RAR files on both Windows and Mac computers. With the help of the methods described, you will be able to learn how to extract large files and multiple RAR files as well.

RAR and Zip file formats are the most popular compressed file formats used while transferring files from one drive to another or via email as it reduces the storage space. Although RAR and Zip files uses compression algorithm to minimize the file size, RAR comes with an added advantage. With RAR you can divide a single file in to multiple pieces and send the file. You can extract back the multiple files as well without any hassle.

The Simplest Way to Open, Extract RAR Files


There are several applications used on Windows to open RAR files. The default application used to extract RAR file is WinRAR, precisely made for RAR file format. However, it is not the free app but a trialware. You can make use of the WinRAR app to easily create RAR file. To extract RAR file, you can try the free and open source 7Zip.

How to Open RAR files on Windows?

Methods mentioned below can be used to open RAR Files in the Following Windows Versions: Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista and older versions.

You can extract multiple RAR files using WinRAR or 7-zip application following the same procedure as extracting/opening RAR files.

Open RAR file with WinRAR

Follow the steps to open RAR file in WinRAR:

  1. Double-click on the .rar file >> Select the files or folders you want to extract/open.
  2. Now, click on the Extract To icon at the top of the WinRAR window and choose a destination folder where you want to save the contents of the extracted RAR file >> OK


  1. Right-click on the RAR file >> Choose Open with WinRAR
  2. Double-click on the file you want to open >> WinRAR will launch automatically.
  3. Open WinRAR >> Select the file/folder from the WinRAR

Note:  If you are encountering the checksum error while opening the RAR file, it is recommended to fix the error immediately.  Click on the link to know how to fix WinRAR checksum error using 3 efficient ways.

Extract or Open RAR file using 7-Zip

If you are looking for any Free open source application to unRAR files, 7-zip is the application you are looking for. At first, you need to download the 7-zip application from the official website. When the download completes, launch the application and click on finish button.

Now to extract RAR files, follow the steps given below

  1. Select the file you want to extract from the RAR archive
  2. Right click on the file>> it displays multiple options like Open archive, Extract files, Extract here, Test archive, Add to archive and Compress and email.
  3. Select Extract here. You will be now taken to another window that displays the time needed to extract all the files from the archive.

Now you can view the extracted files in the same directory it was opened.


  1. Right-click the RAR file you want to open >> Select 7zip from the options listed
  2. Now, select Open archive >> 7zip file manager opens
  3. Click on Extract >> Choose the location you want>> OK

Once you click on OK, you will be directed to next window that displays the remaining time to extract all the files RAR archives.

How to Open RAR files on Mac?

To extract RAR files on macOS, you can make use of the free open source applications known as Unarchiver. Unlike Windows Mac doesn’t have multiple options to extract RAR files. However, Unarchiver supports extraction of multiple files from RAR archives.

  1. Download and install the application on your Mac computer.
  2. right-click the RAR file in Finder >> Choose The Unarchiver from the Open with
  3. Enter the password if the RAR has encryption.
  4. Now the app extracts the files to a new folder in the same directory

Note: If you want to know more about extracting an encrypted or password protected RAR file check this information.

How Do I Extract Large RAR Files?

The maximum limit of RAR file could be 2^63 bytes in size and 7-zip archive limit is 2^64 bytes. Therefore, you can use 7-zip archive to extract large RAR files without any trouble. What if your RAR archive is corrupt? How would you extract RAR files? Well, do not worry, with SFWare Repair RAR file tool, you can fix corruption and extract RAR files with ease.

When you try extracting large RAR files, there would be chances of RAR file corruption as it exceeds the file size limit. In such situations, you can make use of SFWare RAR file Repair software that not only helps you repair the RAR file but help in extracting large size RAR files without causing any damage to files. SFWare is the most recommended tool to repair the corrupt RAR files. the tool not only repairs but also extract corruption free RAR files.

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Steps to Repair and Extract Corrupt RAR File

To Repair corrupt RAR file, download and install SFWare Repair RAR file on your computer and launch the application.

  • Select RAR file that you want to repair and click on Repair
  • Now, Quick repairing and recovering/extracting process will take place
  • Fixed Files can be stored on any external storage devices


With all the above-mentioned methods, you can easily open/extract RAR files without any hassle. It is always recommended to keep multiple backups of important files to avoid any data loss scenarios. Avoid interruptions while downloading large RAR files to evade RAR file corruption. If you encounter any trouble extracting file due to corruption or damage on the file, you can make use of SFWare RAR file Repair tool.

Fix SATA Hard Drive & Recover Deleted/Lost Data from SATA Drive


If you are wondering, what to do when your SATA hard drive not recognized? Or how to recover data from SATA drive? Do not worry! You can effortlessly fix and recover data from SATA drive. With the help of methods to fix the SATA drive, you can easily repair the dead/corrupt hard drive effortlessly.
Recover data from SATA hard drive
SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) hard drives are the most convenient drives used in desktop and laptops due to their enormous storage space. These are the default interface that outlines how data is transferred between motherboard and storage devices.

Data loss can happen with any hard drive, be it internal SATA drive connected to motherboard or PATA attached drives.  Reasons for data loss could be accidental data deletion, damaged partition, corruption in the drive, formatting the data, virus and more.

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Can I Recover Data from SATA Drives?

How to recover data from SATA drives?

Symptoms of SATA drive failure

Repair Dead SATA hard drive

Fix Corrupt/Damaged SATA Drive

Is it possible to recover Data from SATA hard drive?

Irrespective of the reasons, SATA hard drive recovery is possible. If you have accidentally deleted or formatted the drive, data is not permanently erased from the drive. Instead, the pointers holding the address of the data will be erased and the space is allocated for next use. However, if you tend to use the same drive for writing the new data, the existing data will be overwritten. Therefore, it is recommended not to use the drive until data has been recovered from the SATA drives.

SATA Hard Drive Recovery

To recover data from the deleted or formatted SATA hard drive, all you need is an efficient hard drive recovery tool. SFWare hard drive tool is Integrated with a deep scan algorithm, that scans the drive sector by sector to recover the data lost from SATA drive. Retrieve SATA hard drive data in just few clicks for free now.
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SATA hard drive is designed to verify the valid and correct the data if no longer valid the with the help of ECC (Error Checking and Correction) in the drive using party checking. Despite being able to correct the errors the hard drive can get corrupt over time and you end up losing your important data. Recovering data from the corrupt hard drive is still possible if the SATA drive is recognized.

Steps to Recover Data from SATA Hard Drive

Download and install SFWare Hard drive recovery tool on your computer. Connect SATA hard drive to your computer and follow the instruction given below.

Step 1: Select Recover Drives option from the main screen. Click on Drive/ Partition Recovery or Formatted recovery, depending on the data loss situations
Recover data from SATA hard driveStep 2: Select the SATA drive to recover data from it. Scanning takes a time based on the storage of the drive it has to scan.
Select internal drive to recover files from SATA driveStep 3: Once the scanning process completes, you will be able to see the recovered files in Data Type or File Type View
View recoverable SATA hard drive files in Data View or File Type View
You can preview the recovered files and if you are satisfied with the results, Save the files on your computer

With the help of SFWare hard drive recovery, you can easily recover data from deleted/formatted SATA drive. What if your computer crashes while booting? How to fix corrupt SATA drive?

If you are wondering how to recover data from corrupt /damaged SATA drive, following the same procedure of SFWare, you can recover data from corrupt SATA drives as well. However, once the data is recovered, you can go ahead and fix the corruption on drive.

How do I know SATA drive is failed?

Here are a few indications of your SATA drive failure:

  1. The computer crashes frequently while booting the operating system. Try retrieving data from an unbootable drive before it gets late.
  2. The SATA hard drive produces clicking and grinding sound while running.
  3. Files and folders start to disappear frequently.
  4. When the hard drive starts failing, it takes longer than usual to access data from the hard drive.
  5. Computer shows error messages while moving or copying a file in the hard drive
  6. If the bad sectors on the drive increases and not fixed, it results on software errors. Due to which the computer slows down and freezes frequently, affecting on the performance. It is recommended to recover data from bad sectored drive before data is lost completely

While the computer starts showing the above symptoms, it is better to take frequent backup of all the important files in the computer. By doing so losing important data in the SATA hard drive can be avoided. Sometimes SATA hard drives might just be working fine but the problem with the components exists. Such issues can easily be solved on your own. Here is how you can do it.

How to Fix Dead SATA Hard Drive?

Dead SATA Drive: When an internal component fails or stuck head gets damaged or using the old drive for long time makes the SATA drive inaccessible or unusable. The hard drive is said dead when data or files from the hard is inaccessible.

As SATA drive comes with spinning platters and a moving needle that writes data on the sectors on each platter. Verify if the problem is with physical component and go further to fix the logical issues and recover data from dead drive.

SATA Cable Problem

Open the CPU cabinet with the help of a star screwdriver. Turn on your computer and check to see if the hard drive is making any sounds. If you don’t hear any noise from the drive push the connecting SATA cable into the drive for a firm connection
Fix SATA cable problemIn case you find any damage to the SATA cable, replace it with a new one to make your hard drive work smoothly

If SATA Drive Goes Unrecognized

If your drive is not detected it may be because it is turned OFF in System Setup. Some motherboard manufactures disable unused ports in the BIOS by default. You will need to enter the BIOS setup in order to verify their current state.

Restart the computer and press F10, Del, or F12 (Depending on the manufacturer) to enter the BIOS or UEFI setting.

Navigate to the Boot Tab; under boot option priorities, choose your hard disk as the primary drive.

Verify Damaged PCB/Motherboard

If you find any rust or damage to the motherboard, you can easily replace them with a new one. However, it is recommended seek experts help to replace the motherboard.

How to Fix Corrupt SATA Hard Drive?

If the hard drive is corrupted, you can easily fix it using CHKDSK in command prompt. CHKDSK is the inbuilt utility in all Windows system that fixes logical errors on the drive. To fix corruption or errors on the drive, follow the steps given below.

  1. Go to Windows Search and type command prompt >> click on Run as administrator
  2. Next, type “C: /f”(where C is the drive letter of the drive to be scanned)CHKDSK to fix logical errors on SATA drive

After the scanning process is complete restart the computer and check the drive for functionality. By performing the above steps, you will be able to fix the errors in the SATA hard drive.


SATA hard drives are the most commonly used internal storage drives for their reliability. Despite having several advantages, the drive is not free from data loss situations. With all the above-mentioned methods, you can easily fix the SATA drive and recover data from it. It is always suggested to keep the backup of the data to avoid any data loss conditions in future.

How to Fix a Corrupt OST File In Outlook 2021/2019/2016


OST files are widely used for their benefits of storing information offline when not connected to exchange server. Although OST file has an advantage in Outlook, it is not free from corruption. If you cannot access your Outlook data due to corruption in OST file, here are a few tested workarounds to fix the OST file corruption.  If you are looking for an instant solution, you can repair the OST file  and fix the corruption in jiffy.

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OST file is an Outlook data file that is created when you configure the Outlook with IMAP, Exchange, Office 365, and Outlook.com accounts. This is the Outlook data file can help you in saving the synchronized copy of Outlook data on your computer and allows you to work offline. You can perform any actions including deleting mails, reading or creating one in offline mode. When the connection is re-established, all the changes made offline will be synchronized with the server. Therefore, you can access your updated Outlook data from any anywhere.

Repair Corrupt OST file

Although OST files are reliable and secure, they can get corrupt due to several reasons. Let us get to know why OST files get corrupted.

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What makes Outlook OST file get Corrupted?

How to repair Outlook OST files?

How to Fix Corrupt OST File?

Repair Corrupt OST file using SFWare PST/OST Repair Tool

How Outlook OST file Gets Corrupted?

Below mentioned are a few reasons that can cause corruption in OST files in Outlook-

1. Network drop while syncing with an online server or using unstable network sources can lead to OST file corruption.

2. Adding third-party add-ins can conflict with the application and cause corruption in Outlook data files.

3. If your Outlook profile is configured incorrectly, you cannot access the OST file and you may encounter the problem in configuring the Outlook data file which could be an indication of corrupt OST file.

4. Other reasons like power failures during OST files synchronizing with server or virus intrusion to Outlook data files can also lead to corruption in OST files.

5. Sometimes, any interruption caused while installing new Outlook updates makes Outlook not responding. In such cases, the damages are not limited to the application but to the OST files saved in the application will be damaged too.

How Do I Repair A Corrupt OST File?

You can repair corrupt Outlook OST file using 3 different approaches.

If the corruption is restricted to files on one folder, you can easily update the folder to fix the OST file corruption. The other two methods are using ScanPST.exe tool and repair OST file  respectively.

Depending on your scenarios and level of corruption in OST files, you can try the methods mentioned below.

How to Fix A Corrupt OST File in Outlook?

The methods mentioned below hold good for all the versions of Outlook including the latest 2021, 2019,2016, 2013 and others.

Method 1: Update the OST Folder to Fix Corruption

You can update the folder in Outlook when the issue is with particular folder. All you have to do is, delete the offline items in the corrupt folder and update the folder by establishing the connection to the Exchange server.

  • Open Outlook >> right-click the folder you want to update.
  • Click Properties >> A dialog box will appear >> Click Clear Offline Items.
  • Click OK >> Select Send/Receive tab and click on Update Folder

Method 2: Make use of ScanPST.exe to Fix corrupt OST files

If you are wondering is it possible to repair OST file using ScanPST.exe, yes, the tool can be reliable for both PST and OST files. If you are using an Outlook version lower than 2013, you can make use of scanost.exe tool. At first find the location of OST file.

Scanost.exe can be found on the location C: \Program files\Microsoft office\ Outlook version.

Scanpst.exe can be found on:

  • Outlook 2019-32-Bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office19
  • Outlook 2019-64-Bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office19
  • Outlook 2019-32-Bit C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office21
  • Outlook 2019-64-Bit C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\root\Office21

All you have to change the office version of your respective Outlook.

Steps to run scanpst.exe to repair OST file corruption

  1. Locate scanpst.exe on your system and follow the steps
  2. Once you locate the scanpst.exe, run the inbox repair tool
  3. Click on Browse and enter the location of the OST file you want to repair
    Scanpst to fix corrupt in OST file
  4. Click Start to scan the file. After scanning is completed, make sure you have selected the backup option.
  5. Click on Repair option to repair the file >> OK

With the help of ScanPST, you should be able to fix the OST file corruption. However, Inbox repair tool also have limitations. The Inbox repair tool (ScanPST) stops responding when trying to fix large files. If ScanPST fails to repair the OST file, it will ask you to recreate the file. In that case, you can just recreate the OST file in Outlook.

Method 3: Recreate OST file to repair corrupt OST file

The OST file can easily be recreated by downloading from the server and synchronizing with an online server. Before recreating the file, it is important to delete the corrupt existing one.

Steps to delete the OST file:

  • Close Outlook application before starting the process
  • Open Control Panel >> User accounts >> mail
  • It opens a new dialogue box >> click on E-mail AccountsCorrupt-OST-file-repair
  • Clicking on email accounts will open account settings dialogue box
  • Click on Data file tab >> select the corrupt OST file and open file location
  • Once you accessing the file go ahead and delete itRecreate profile to fix OST file

Just after deleting your corrupt OST file, you can set up your account with the same credentials. Outlook will automatically synchronize with your online server and create a new OST file without any data being lost.

If none of the above-mentioned methods helped you in fixing corrupt OST file or for the situation where your data is not synchronized with server, the best way to recover and repair the OST file is to make use of an efficient OST/PST repair tool.

Repair Corrupt OST file using SFWare PST/OST Repair Tool

To repair OST file, download and install SFWare PST/OST repair tool  and launch the application. The software is able to repair OST file and recovers that as PST file. Therefore, you no need to synchronize with the server again.

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Step 1: The main screen displays three options, select the one as per need:

Open PST File: If you know the path to open PST file, select the option

Find PST File: If you are not aware of PST file, the tool easily finds that for you

Select Outlook Profile: Select the profile in which you need to repair the Outlook files.

first step to use PST repair tool
Step 2: Select Normal Scan or Smart Scan from the next screen.

Normal Scan: This scan is suitable for repairing minor corruptions in PST file.

Smart Scan: If you want to repair severely corrupted PST file, click on Smart Scan.
Select PST File to Repair

Step 3: Click on Repair option to fix cannot start Microsoft Outlook error
End Screen

After completion of the repair process, you can preview the repaired PST file in Outlook styled browser. Give the desired location to save repaired PST file.

The SFWare PST repair tool can easily fic corrupt or the encrypted Outlook data files files. The tool compatible with all the Outlook versions including the latest 2021, 2019, 2016.

How Do I Restore Missing Recycle Bin on Windows 11/10?


We all know Recycle Bin temporarily keeps deleted files and folders from users. If you have fortuitously deleted any files or folders, you can easily retrieve it Recycle Bin. What if you accidentally deleted Recycle Bin? Or cannot find Recycle Bin icon on Windows desktop? Do not worry, with the help of methods explained in this article, you will be able to restore missing Recycle Bin and recover files and folders from Recycle Bin.

Why Can’t I Find Recycle Bin on Windows?

There are different reasons why you can’t find Recycle Bin icon on your desktop. A few of the most common causes are listed below:

1. Any registry configurations settings change in the system could create conflict with Recycle Bin and make it disappear.

2. Corruption in system files can damage the system files as a result Recycle bin/ trash can go missing from the desktop.

3. Virus or malware intrusion can damage the system applications.

Sometimes, you might accidentally delete the Recycle Bin icon from the desktop

How to Restore Recycle Bin on Desktop?

Below mentioned are few methods, using which you can restore your lost Recycle Bin on your desktop on various Windows versions.

Recycle Bin Missing/ Not Showing Up on Windows 11/ 10

If you are missing Recycle Bin on windows 11 or any other older versions including Windows 10/8/7, here are few common ways to open it on your computer.

  1. Go to the Windows 11 desktop >> Right click on the blank section
  2. Select View from the context menu
  3. Click Show desktop icons from the submenu to check it

Your desktop icons including Recycle Bin will appear.

View Recycle Bin icon via Settings

  1. Open Windows 11 Settings by pressing Windows + I or type settings in your search bar
  2. Select Personalization >> click Themes.
    Finding Recycle Bin
  3. Locate Related settings section on right pane >> Click Desktop icon settings
    Show Missing Recycle Bin
  4. Look for the Recycle Bin option in the opening window >> Click Apply and OK to confirm the changeRestore Missing Recycle Bin

Now, you will be able to see the Recycle Bin icon on Desktop on Windows 11 computer.

Access Missing Recycle Bin from File Explorer or Windows Explorer

You can easily find disappeared Recycle Bin in all the Windows version including Windows 11/10/8 using Fie Explorer. Follow the below steps to fix Recycle Bin is missing problem on the Windows versions you are using.

For Windows 11 Users

  1. Open File Explorer >> Right click on any blank space in the left-side panel.
  2. Select Show all folders from the context menu.
    File Explorer to access missing Recycle Bin
  3. The Recycle Bin icon will then appear.

For Windows 10/8/7 Users

  1. Open the classic Control Panel >> Click Appearance and PersonalizationRestore Missing Recycle Bin using File Explorer
  2. Under File Explorer options select the Show hidden files and folders
  3. Select Show hidden files and folders under Advanced Settings
  4. Uncheck the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) option
  5. Click Apply and OK

Now Go to each drive to delete the $RECYCLE.BIN folders and the relevant permissions for them.

Note: The $RECYCLE.BIN refers to a hidden and system protected folder used to keep files and folders that you have deleted. Once you restore Recycle Bin, you can delete the folder $RECYCLE BIN.  It’s the real Recycle Bin folder created by the system and hidden by default.

Repair Damaged system File to Find Missing Recycle Bin

As one of the reasons behind missing Recycle Bin is damaged system file, repairing the corrupt system files will help you restore your Recycle Bin icon.

The SFC utility (System File Checker) in Windows scans for any system file errors and corruptions and automatically fixes it.

  1. Open the Start menu and type command prompt
  2. Run Command Prompt as administrator. Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run as administrator from the context menu
  3. Enter the following command and hit Enter: sfc /scannow

By following any of the above-mentioned methods, you should be able to recover missing Recycle Bin. What if you cannot find your deleted items in Recycle Bin? How would you recover emptied Recycle Bin files?

Here is the best way to recover files from Recycle Bin. Using SFWare Deleted File Recovery Software, you can easily recover files from recycle bin. Be it permanently deleted or accidental, with SFWare you can get access back to the files stored on Recycle Bin. The tool helps you access data free from corruption without any hassle.Free Download for WindowsFree Download for Mac

Recycle Bin Not Showing Deleted Items: Recover Files from Empty Recycle Bin

If you are wondering why Recycle Bin doesn’t show your deleted files, here are the reasons:

  1. You might have used Shift+ Delete keys to delete files from your drive. Using Shift key to delete surpass the Recycle Bin. Therefore, avoid permanent deletion of files from drive.
  2. Using Command Prompt to delete items from the drive could be another reason
  3. If you have deleted files from USB, those files will not be stored in Recycle Bin.
  4. you might have missed to configure Recycle Bin to store deleted files. You can change the configuration by changing the Recycle Bin’s properties by disabling don’t move files to Recycle Bin. Follow the below steps to disable the option.
  • Right click on the Recycle Bin on your desktop >> Select Properties
  • Select a drive under Recycle Bin Location >> Go to Settings for selected location
  • Check the Custom size option instead of Don’t move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted
  • Click Apply and OK to confirm

How to Retrieve Files from Emptied Recycle Bin?

To recover files from Recycle Bin, download and launch SFWare Data Recovery Software and follow these simple steps-

  1. From the first screen, you can see three main options – Recover Files, Recover Photos and Recover Drives. Select Recover Files to Restore Files from Missing Recycle Bin
    Select Recover Files to restore files from Recycle Bin
  2. Pick either Deleted File Recovery or Lost File Recovery option based on the circumstance you’re confronting.
    Recover files Deleted or lost files from Recycle Bin
  3. Next, select C drive as it is Recycle Bins’ default location. Once the scanning progress is completed, you can view files in Data View and File Type view
    Select the C Drive to recover files from Recycle Bin
  4. Select the files to restore and click on Next. You can Preview recovered files and save your Recycle Bins’ recovered data to your desired location.
    Preview Recoverable files in Data View or File Type View

Irrespective of the causes that lead to data loss, SFWare Data Recovery Software bring back files with almost no effort. This program is not only good for deleted or lost files from PCs and laptops but also recover deleted files from external drives, pen drives, digital devices like memory cards or any other storage devices. Also, it restores any file formats you have deleted or missed such as documents, videos, music, emails, etc.

Hopefully, the above mentioned helps you keep your Recycle Bin on your Desktop. If you happened to lose files from Recycle Bin, do not worry, you can always rely on SFWare Data Recovery software to restore files back without any damage.

How to Fix the Error Cannot Start Microsoft Outlook Set Of Folders Cannot Be Opened?


Is your Microsoft Outlook having trouble opening or displaying an error “Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. The set of folders cannot be opened.”? This article describes all the effective solutions that helps you fix the problem cannot start the Outlook.

Cannot Start Microsoft Outlook

Table of contents:

What does set of folders cannot be opened in Outlook?

Indications of Microsoft Outlook cannot start

Fix Cannot start Microsoft Outlook the set of folders Cannot be opened

How to fix corrupt  PST file that leads to Cannot Start Microsoft Outlook

What does it mean when Outlook says the set of folders Cannot be opened?

The main cause of the error cannot start Microsoft Outlook is corruption in xml file in Navigation Pane settings. The Navigation Pane is present on the left side of the Outlook window and helps in switching between different areas of Outlook such as mail, contacts, calendar, tasks and notes. In addition, it also displays the folders when working within a view.

Other causes that lead to Cannot start Microsoft Outlook are:

  • Damaged or corrupt Outlook data files (PST or OST files)
  • Using Outlook in compatibility mode can also lead to the error
  • Improper re-installation and un-installation can cause problem in Outlook

Indications of your Microsoft Outlook Cannot start

When you click on Outlook icon, Outlook takes long time to respond and displays an error “Cannot start Microsoft Outlook”.

Another instance might be when navigation pane settings file -profilename.xml is corrupted, where “profile name” is the name of your Outlook profile. If the file is corrupted, the file size is shown as 0 kb. The corruption in the xml file can be observed in any outlook versions including Outlook 2019.

Based on the versions of Outlook you use, you might encounter unlike errors.

Error 1: Microsoft outlook has encountered a problem and need to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Unable to open MS Outlook

Error 2: Cannot open your default email folders. The information store could not be opened. Incorrect Outlook profile settings or corrupted Outlook profile.
Set of folders cannot be opened on Outlook

Error 3: Cannot start Microsoft Outlook. cannot start Microsoft Outlook invalid XML, the view cannot be loaded.

Invalid xml Microsoft Outlook cannot be opened

How do you fix Cannot start Microsoft Outlook the set of folders Cannot be opened?

The methods used to fix the error cannot start Microsoft Outlook. Set of folders cannot be opened. are listed below. The fixing methods can be used on all Outlook versions including the latest Outlook for Microsoft 365 Outlook 2021 Outlook 2019 Outlook 2016 Outlook 2013.

Turn off the Compatibility Mode

Start Outlook in safe mode

Recover navigation pane setting file

Repair Outlook using Inbox repair tool

Create new Outlook profile and import the old data

Method 1: Turn off Compatibility mode

As mentioned earlier, if Outlook is being used in compatibility mode, the trouble of Outlook cannot be opened cannot be stopped. Therefore, turn off the compatibility mode and verify if the solutions worked.

  1. Type “exe” in search box >> right click on Outlook.exe >> Select Properties
  2. A dialog box will open, click on the Compatibility
  3. Uncheck the option Run this program in compatibility for. Click on OK for confirming the actions.

Try opening the Outlook now and check if it was bale to open without displaying any error.

Method 2: Open Outlook in Safe Mode

Advantage of opening Outlook in safe mode is that Outlook starts without loading the add-ins. Therefore, if the trouble is due to faulty add-ins, this method can fix the issue. To run Outlook in the safe mode, follow this process:

  1. Type exe /safe in search box >> Enter
  2. A message user wants to start outlook in safe mode will appear. Click Yes.

Or can make use of outlook.exe

  1. Right click on exe /safeClick on Open

Note: While processing if it asks for account credentials, enter your password and choose “Accept.”

If Outlook works without receiving an error cannot open Microsoft Outlook in the safe mode, its understood that there is a problem with the add-ins. If you again encounter the issue while starting Outlook. You need to disable the add-ins.

Disable faulty add-ins

  1. Open Outlook, File >> Option >> add-ins
  2. Select COM Add-ins in the Manage box, at the bottom of the window. Hit on Go button
  3. List of the Add-ins working with Outlook is displayed. Deselect all of them and click OK

Now restart the Outlook. If you still face the problem of Microsoft Windows not opening, try out other methods given below.

Method 3: Recover Old Navigation Pane Settings

If the trouble is due to corruption in navigation pane setting file, recovering the setting will help you fix the error.

  1. Go to Start menu >> Run Command >> Type exe /resetnavpane
  2. Enter OK >> Restart Computer

Automatically Outlook opens, check for the error cannot start Microsoft Outlook is displayed or not. If you encounter the error again try deleting XML file that stores the navigation pane settings by executing below steps:

  1. Enter %appdata%\Microsoft\Outlook in search field on Windows
  2. Select Outlook >> Find and delete the xml file

If this method does not work for you, then search PST and select restore previous versions.

Restoring Previous PST file version

Previous versions are copies of files and folders created by Windows Backup that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point.

  1. Type exe in Windows search filed
  2. Right click on exe >> Click on Restore previous versions

This method only works if you have created a Restore point. If you have no backup created, then restoring previous version won’t be helpful. All you can do is Repair Outlook data file with the help of an inbox repair tool.

Method 4: Use Inbox Repair Tool to Fix unable to open MS Outlook

Scanpst.exe or inbox repair tool is used to analyse and recognize problems in PST files. ScanPST only looks at the personal folder files to determine whether data has been corrupted.

Locate and run inbox repair tool. Next, Browse or provide folder path where the PST file is saved.

Folder path- C:\Program Files (x86) \Microsoft Office\root\Office19

Quick Note: The above path applies to Office 2019 and Office 365. If you’re using Outlook 2016, use the path: C:\Program Files (x86) \Microsoft Office\Office16. In case of running an older version of the application, change Outlook versions.

Inbox repair tool

  1. Close the Outlook application if its currently open and double click to launch it
  2. Click on the Browse button to go to the folder path where the PST file is saved
  3. Click Start to initiate the scan process and repair Outlook PST file
  4. Finally, click on the Repair button to fix the issue Microsoft Outlook doesn’t start.

If the problem is associated with corrupt PST file, this method should be able to fix it. However, the tool has few shortcomings.

The main disadvantage of Scanpst.exe is that it works on the original copy of PST file, therefore the chances of damaging the PST file is high than repairing it. Hence it is recommended to make use of a safe and secure Outlook PST Repair tool for fixing the corruption on PST file and fix cannot start Microsoft Outlook by repairing the Outlook PST file.

Method 5: Create a new Outlook Profile and import the data

If none of the above methods worked for you, try creating a new profile in Outlook. You no need to worry about the data, you can easily import the Outlook data from the old profile to newly created profile.

  1. Go to Setting>> Control Panel >> Mail >> Data Files >> Add and create the profile
  2. Now, keep the new profile as default profile. To make it default, once the profile is added, set to default option is enabled. Go to Account setting >> data files >> select your profile and set as default
  3. Once you create the profile, verify if the outlook cannot start problem exists or not. If your profile is free from error, import your old data to the new profile.
  4. Go to the File option and click on Open >> Import. Choose Import from another program or file >> Next
  5. Now, select Outlook Data File (.pst) >> Next >> Browse >> select your old .pst file >> Next >> Finish

This method should help you fix the error and get your old data from previous profile. What if you still encounter the error due to severe corruption in Outlook Data Files? Do not worry, we got your back.

SFWare PST Repair Tool is a tool that fixes severe corruption on PST files. Also, it works on the copy of the data files, therefore, the data remains intact. Along with repairing the file, the tool recovers all the attributes attached with Outlook like emails, calendars and more. Download the software now and fix the PST file issue in a minute.

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How to fix corruption in PST file that leads to Cannot Start Microsoft Outlook?

To fix the corruption on PST file that makes your Outlook unable to start, download the SFWare PST repair tool, and launch the application.

Step 1: The main screen displays three options, select the one as per need:

Open PST File: If you know the path to open PST file, select the option

Find PST File: If you are not aware of PST file, the tool easily finds that for you

Select Outlook Profile: Select the profile in which you need to repair the Outlook files.

first step to use PST repair tool
Step 2: Select Normal Scan or Smart Scan from the next screen.

Normal Scan: This scan is suitable for repairing minor corruptions in PST file.

Smart Scan: If you want to repair severely corrupted PST file, click on Smart Scan.
Select PST File to Repair

Step 3: Click on Repair option to fix cannot start Microsoft Outlook error
End Screen

After completion of the repair process, you can preview the repaired PST file in Outlook styled browser. Give the desired location to save repaired PST file.


Most of the Outlook errors including cannot start Microsoft Outlook is due to some minor technical issues which can easily fixed with help of above-mentioned manual solutions. However, if the issue leads to damaging or corrupting your PST file, it is recommended to make use of SFWare PST repair tool to easily fix all the issues with the damaged or corrupted PST file.