How to Recover Unsaved/Deleted/Lost WordPad Documents from Hard Drive

Valyn Hua

July 10, 2019 09:00 / Posted by Valyn Hua

My computer is not working due to some technical issues. Now I need the data in the hard drive. However, when I install this hard drive in my new computer, not all data can be accessed including some important WordPad documents. Who can help me restore WordPad documents from a hard drive?

WordPad is a basic text processor, which is more advanced than Microsoft Notepad but simpler than Microsoft Word. Almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 onwards include it.

WordPad can format and print text including fonts, italic, bold, colored and centered text, etc. However, WordPad can read, save, and render much Rich Text Format features that it cannot create, such as tables, strikeout, text background colors, numbered lists, right or left indent, quasi-hypertext and URL linking, or various line spacing. etc.

recover wordpad file from hard drive

Among its advantages are low system-resource usage, simplicity, and speed. As a result, WordPad is great for taking notes, writing letters and stories, or for usage in various tablets, PCs, and smartphones.

Users can run Microsoft WordPad (wordpad.exe) by the following steps:

Go to the Start menu.

Type WordPad in the Start Search and press Enter.

Click wordpad.exe to open it.

Do you have the same question as in the above case?

Actually, as long as the hard drive appears to function normally, the inside WordPad documents are recoverable.

There are 3 ways to recover WordPad documents from hard drive.

1. Restore Previous Versions of Lost WordPad Documents in Hard Drive

As long as System Protection is enabled, Windows will automatically create a copy of file and folder called Previous Versions. Previous versions are usually used as restore points to restore windows folders or files that were accidentally modified or deleted.

The only catch is that you have to remember the location where the file or folder was saved.

To turn on System Protection, just go to Start > Control Panel > System and Security > System > System Protection.

turn on system protection

To restore deleted WordPad files, do the following.

Open This Computer on the desktop or go to Start and click on This Computer.

Navigate to the original folder where the lost file resided. If the folder was also lost, you can create a dummy folder with the same name as the lost one. The contents of the folder are irrelevant.

Right-click the folder and select the Restore Previous Version option. All available previous versions of files or folders will be listed in a dialog box.

Choose a previous version of the folder that contains the WordPad files you want to restore, and then click Open to view it to make sure it’s the version you want.

Drag your selected folder to another location such as the desktop or another folder.

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2. Recover Unsaved WordPad Documents in Hard Drive through Temp Files

Just imagine that you have been working on a WordPad document for some hours, and then the program or computer crashed or you accidentally closed the file without saving. It's frustrating, but don't get too discouraged — this document is still rescued.

A temporary file is created to hold information temporarily while a document is being edited. These temporary files are used to help recover lost data if the program or computer is quitted in an irregular way.

To find these temp files and restore WordPad files, please follow the steps.

Go to Start menu on your computer and type .tmp in the Start Search box.

Click Other in the bottom of the toolbar.

Search for files that match the last date and time that you edited the document.

If you find the files that you're looking for, drag them to the desktop.

Change the extension name from .tmp to .odt.

temp file

3. Extract Lost WordPad Documents from Hard Drive

System image is a good method to backup computer data in time to prevent data loss. Some users might misunderstand that you are only allowed to restore all data from system image and this procedure will overwrite all data on PC. You still have another choice to recover individual file from backup file selectively.

Click Windows search bar and type diskmgmt.msc in the box, then click to run it. You can see Action, select Attach VHD under it. Click Browse to choose the backup disk and click Open here. You should note that the box next to Read-only cannot be checked, otherwise the individual files will be unable to be extracted.

disk management

Choose the disk you want, right-click to change drive letter and paths.

change hd letter and path

After that, you are allowed to open the disk you want and extract data from.

4. Recover Lost WordPad Documents from Hard Drive with FoneLab

It's a bit complicated to perform the whole recovery process with Microsoft Office guidelines listed above for those of us who have no technical background.

However, the best solution always comes the last.

FoneLab Data Retriever has a capability of recovering almost all deleted or unsaved WordPad files by scanning the hard drive. It is able to retrieve WordPad documents lost for various reasons such as system crash, hard drive failure, non-responding, deletion, corruption, etc.

This software allows WordPad users to recover deleted files within a few clicks. even computer novices are very good at applying the tool.

Free download, install and launch the hard drive data recovery on your computer.

On the main menu page, choose the data types and the location where you lost the WordPad document.

fonelab data retriver homepage

Click Scan button to start the quick scan process. All files will be displayed in the interface. You can click Deep Scan to get more scan results.

scan data

Search for your needed items. You can also use Filter feature to quickly locate the files you are looking for.

Check your required items and click Recover. The selected files will be saved back to your computer.

In addition to WordPad file, this software can also recover PDF document, recover TXT files on Windows, images, emails and more data.

Other data recovery tasks such as WordPad recovery in Windows, memory card, flash drive, digital camera camcorder, etc. can all be simply done by this software.

It offers a 30-day trial, why not give it a shot?

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