Recovers readable information from a bad or defective disk. This command reads a file, sector-by-sector, and recovers data from the good sectors. Data in bad sectors is lost. Because all data in bad sectors is lost when you recover a file, you should recover only one file at a time.

Bad sectors reported by the chkdsk command were marked as bad when your disk was prepared for operation. They pose no danger, and recover does not affect them.


recover [<drive>:][<path>]<filename>


Parameter Description
[<drive>:][<path>]<filename> Specifies the file name (and the location of the file if it is not in the current directory) you want to recover. Filename is required and wildcards aren't supported.
/? Displays help at the command prompt.


To recover the file story.txt in the \fiction directory on drive D, type:

recover d:\fiction\story.txt

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