Microsoft has tacitly released a new utility called Windows File Recovery for Windows 10 version 2004 or later. But here’s the thing: Windows File Recovery is a command line application. And it’s only available in the Microsoft Store.
“Accidentally deleted an important file? Wiped your hard drive clean? Not sure what to do with damaged data? With Windows File Recovery you can restore your personal data ”, is explained in the store list for the app. “For photos, documents, videos[,] In addition, Windows File Recovery supports many file types to ensure that your data is not lost permanently. Recover from a camera or SD card? Try the signature mode that goes beyond NTFS recovery and meets the needs of your storage device. Let this app be your first choice to find out what you need from your hard drive, SSD (* limited by TRIM), USB drive or memory cards. “
For more information about Windows File Recovery, see the Microsoft Support website. It indicates that the tool runs in three different modes:
Standard mode. In this mode the Master File Table (MFT) is used to locate lost files. The standard mode works well if the MFT and file segments, also known as file record segments (FRS), are present.
Segment mode. This mode does not require MFT, but segments. Segments are summaries of file information that NTFS stores in the MFT, such as name, date, size, type, and the cluster / allocation unit index.
Signature mode. In this mode, only the data needs to be available and specific file types searched. It doesn’t work for small files. To restore a file to an external storage device such as a USB drive, you can only use the signature mode.
Seems to be a good option if you get stuck. Thanks to Walking cat on Twitter for the tip.