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Recover Files on Windows using the Windows File Recovery Tool

Did you accidentally delete an important file, wiping a hard drive or partition, or need to restore corrupted files and data? We all have been there, with the newly released Microsoft Windows File Recovery tool you can recover and restore files on Windows. In this blog post, I am going to show you how you can recover and restore files on Windows using the Windows File Recovery tool. You can also use this tool to recover files from external drives and SD cards.

Accidentally deleted an important file? Wiped clean your hard drive? Unsure of what to do with corrupted data? Windows File Recovery can help recover your personal data.

For photos, documents, videos and more, Windows File Recovery supports many file types to help ensure that your data is not permanently lost.

Recovering from a camera or SD card? Try Signature mode, which expands beyond NTFS recovery and caters to your storage device needs. Let this app be your first choice for helping to find what you need from your hard drive, SSD (*limited by TRIM), USB drive, or memory cards.

I also want to make clear that this is no replacement for a backup, like Windows File History, Azure Backup, or products from third-party vendors. This tool is more of an emergency utility, you can restore files that were not backed up.


To use the Windows File Recovery Tool, you have a couple of requirements.

  • You will need to run Windows 10, version 2004 (Build 19041), or later.
  • You can download the Windows File Recovery Tool from the Microsoft Store.
  • The source and destination drives must be different. If you don’t have a second drive on your computer, you can use a USB drive as a target for the restore. If you are storing form an SD card or external drive, you can use the internal system drive (often the C: drive) as a target.
  • The tool supports different file systems such as NTFS, ReFS, FAT, and exFAT. If you are restoring files from a non-NTFS file system, you will need to run the commands in signature mode using the /x parameter.

Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure

Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure

Veeam does some great products for your virtualization and datacenter environment such as their Veeam Backup & Replication suite, Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and Management Packs for System Center Operations Manager. Now a couple of weeks ago Veeam released a cool free tool call Veeam FastSCP fro Microsoft Azure. With Veeam FastSCP (Secure Copy Protocol) for Microsoft Azure, IT Pros and Azure Developers can simply and reliably copy local files to Azure VMs, and copy files in Azure VMs to on-premises.

Veeam FastSCP for Microsoft Azure Diagram

The utility makes your life way easier when dealing with Virtual Machines running on Microsoft Azure IaaS.

  • Secure file copy with no independent encryption or VPN needed
  • Manual file copy to/from Azure VMs without the need to keep the UI open until the file copy completes
  • Automatic scheduling of file copy jobs for nightly or weekly copies to/from Azure VMs
  • A wizard-driven UI to copy files in just a few clicks – with no scripting needed

If you want to download it, check out the Veeam Website.

To set it up the tool connects to the PowerShell endpoint for your IaaS VM. Just add the Virtual Machine and you are ready to go! With that you can do some great things, like simply copy a file to an Azure IaaS VM or even doing scheduled backups of files from inside Azure VMs like Didier Van Hoye did.



PowerShell Sort and move files by date month year

PowerShell: Sort and Move Files by Date to month and year

This quick blog post, shows, how you can sort and move files to folder sorted by date (year and month) with PowerShell. I had to sort a lot of files and put them into folders for each month and year. So for example when the files was created/modified in February 2012, the file had to be moved into the folder 2012 and the subfolder 2 (for February). For this, I created this quick and dirty script. This script gives you an example of how you can sort and move files by date using PowerShel.

# Get the files which should be moved, without folders
$files = Get-ChildItem 'C:\Users\Thomas\OneDrive\OneDrive Camera Roll' -Recurse | where {!$_.PsIsContainer}
# List Files which will be moved
# Target Filder where files should be moved to. The script will automatically create a folder for the year and month.
$targetPath = 'C:\Users\Thomas\OneDrive\pictures\Albums'
foreach ($file in $files)
# Get year and Month of the file
# I used LastWriteTime since this are synced files and the creation day will be the date when it was synced
$year = $file.LastWriteTime.Year.ToString()
$month = $file.LastWriteTime.Month.ToString()
# Out FileName, year and month
# Set Directory Path
$Directory = $targetPath + "\" + $year + "\" + $month
# Create directory if it doesn't exsist
if (!(Test-Path $Directory))
New-Item $directory -type directory
# Move File to new location
$file | Move-Item -Destination $Directory

Please as always if you use a PowerShell script from the internet, test it first before you run it against your production environment. This script can for example also be very handy to sort documents, pictures or Windows Logfiles.

I hope this blog post helps you to sort and move files by date using PowerShell. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments below.


PowerShell: Copy files and additional files with different name

This maybe helps some people which need to copy multiple files. In my example I search for Contoso in files called info_*****.txt I need to copy them and also copy the file data_*****.txt. In this blog post, I am going to show you how you can use PowerShell to copy files and additional files with a different name using PowerShell.

$sourceFolder = "E:\temp\source"
$destinationFolder = "E:\temp\folder1"
$files = Get-ChildItem $sourceFolder -Filter *.txt -Recurse | Select-String "Contoso" # Get all Files with Contoso
Write-Host "Files found: " $files.count # Number of files found
foreach ($file in $files){
Get-Childitem $sourceFolder | Where-Object { $_.name -eq $file.filename } | Copy-Item -Destination $destinationFolder # copy all info_*****.txt files
$name = $file.filename -replace "info_", "data_"
Get-Childitem $sourceFolder | Where-Object { $_.name -eq $name } | Copy-Item -Destination $destinationFolder # copy all data_*****.txt files

More information about Select-String and file copy. You can find more about Select-String on Microsoft Docs. If you want to know more about PowerShell, check out my blog post on how to install PowerShell 6 and PowerShell 7. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.

Powershell: How to rename all files in a folder

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Sometimes you need a fast way to rename a lot of file. With Powershell this is pretty easy. You list all files in the directory and you can use this object with a foreach loop.

This script basically changes the extension from .JPEG to .jpg:

$files = Get-Content
foreach ($file in $files) {
Rename-Item $file $newFileName