The next time you want to recover files that have been accidentally deleted from your computer, you can use Microsoft’s new utility on Windows.It also supports SD cards and USB sticks.

Most of you are probably already aware of this, but when files are deleted from a hard drive, it is possible that they may still be recoverable via recovery software. And now Microsoft offers its own software for Windows. Called” Windows File Recovery “, this new utility is already available on the Microsoft application store.

However, the software interface is command line, which suggests that with it, the Redmond company targets mainly advanced Windows users. But anyway, this is a new option (reliable, since it is offered by Microsoft), in case of accidental data loss.

As our colleagues at The Verge explain, if you have lost a file, it is best to recover it as soon as possible, before other data is written to the part of the hard drive concerned. There is a main mode for NTFS file systems and another “signature mode” which allows you to recover files from FAT, exFAT and ReFS file systems. It should also be noted that this tool can be used to recover files on the main hard disks, but also on USB keys and SD cards. There is also an option to recover specific types of files.

The arrival of this new Microsoft application reminds us that before reselling a device, it is important to ensure that the data that has been deleted can no longer be recovered by the new owner.

In fact, in 2014, an experiment carried out by Avast highlighted this risk (on smartphones). In essence, the antivirus vendor bought used Android smartphones and then used easily accessible software to recover files that the previous owners believed were permanently deleted via factory reset. With just 20 phones, Avast was able to retrieve 40,000 photos, 1,000 Google queries, 750 messages and emails, and 250 contacts.