Updated: April 17, 2012
Applies To: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8
Recovers readable information from a bad or defective disk.
For examples of how to use this command, see Examples.
Specifies the location and name of the file that you want to recover. FileName is required.
Displays help at the command prompt.
The recover command reads a file, sector-by-sector, and recovers data from the good sectors. Data in bad sectors is lost.
Bad sectors reported by chkdsk were marked as "bad" when your disk was prepared for operation. They pose no danger, and recover does not affect them.
Because all data in bad sectors is lost when you recover a file, you should recover only one file at a time.
You cannot use wildcard characters (* and ?) with the recover command. You must specify a file (and the location of the file if it is not in the current directory).