How To Recover Files Lost During Cut And Paste?

Updated on March 15, 2022

Lost important files during cut and paste? Don’t worry, this article has everything you need to know about cut and paste recovery. However, for quick recovery make use of Remo Recover. It is built with easy to use interface which makes the recovery process smooth. Download the tool now and start recovering files after cut and paste hassle-free.

Cut and Paste Recovery

"Cut", "Copy" and "Paste" method is an easy option to transfer your files between two different storage devices or different locations. This simple method is applicable to transfer a single file or even Giga bytes of file from one location to another. However, there is a minor drawback of losing some files during the file transfer process. The difference between the cut and delete is that cut removes the file from the screen but stores in the memory. However, the files deleted will be lost permanently.

More about the Cut, Copy, Paste and Delete in the following table.

Shortcut Keys Functionality
COPY - CTRL+C With this shortcut key you can make a copy of the file which can be transferred to desired location without having to remove it from the original location.
CUT - CTRL+X Removes the file selected from its original location and can be pasted into any desired location.
Paste - CTRL+V This function is usually used after either copy or cut to paste the file on to desired location.
Delete -CTRL+D You can select any file and delete with this shortcut key. The file will be directly moved to Recycle Bin.

When deleted or lost files are not available in both the source and destination folder it means that the file has lost its access path, so it is not physically present and not accessible in file explorer. But the storage space assigned to that particular file is still occupied by the same file. This positive sign opens up a chance to recover files lost during cut paste from your computer.

Ensure that you do not use the same device for any purpose till you recover lost files after cut paste using this file recovery software. Because overwriting of data reduces the possibility of safely restore files that are permanently deleted.

How Cut and Paste Can Lose Files?

There are a few reasons why files may be lost during cut and paste. Some of them include.

  • Unexpected shutdown: If you abruptly shut down your computer while cutting and pasting data, you might lose that data.
  • An incorrect storage device removal: If a storage device such as a flash drive or hard drive is removed during the process of a cut and paste operation, data could be lost.
  • Failure of hardware: If the storage hardware fails during a copy and paste operation, there will be data loss.

How do I Recover Lost Cut and Paste Files?

Even if you can't see the files that were accidentally deleted during a cut-and-paste operation, that doesn't imply they're gone forever. The files are still on your storage device, but they may be designated for overwriting since your operating system believes they were successfully pasted. It is recommended to always take a backup of your important files.

You can recover Cut Folder by checking clipboard history, If you don’t find the file there try to recover it with file History, system restore, etc.

How to Recover Cut and Paste Files from a Computer without using any Software?

To recover cut and paste files from a computer without any software, you just need to go to the directory where the folder contains your lost data and then right-click on the folder and click on, restore previous versions and choose the one you want and click on restore.

What Happens When You Undo Cut And Paste?

In the clipboard, all kinds of information like texts, images, videos, files or folders etc. that you have cut or copied from the source folder are stored. By any chance if you forget to paste after cut, then the files from clipboard will be moved back to the source folder.

Whenever you cut or copy a file, it stays in the clipboard until you paste it in destination folder or you cut or copy some other file to move it. But if there is an interruption during the transfer process after cut and paste, then chances of losing the files are high.

How to Recover Files Lost in Cut and Paste Windows 10?

To recover files lost during cut and paste, it is recommended to make use of a professional file recovery software. Remo File Recovery Software is the tool we recommend you to recover cut and paste files without any hassle. The deep scan engine ensures to recover data from any data loss scenarios on any storage drives like harddrive, SSD, USB, SD cards etc. Download the tool for free now and try to recover cut and past files now.

Steps To Recover Files Lost in Cut and Paste on Windows 10

Download and install Remo Recover for Windows on your Computer and follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Step 1: Launch Remo Recover-> Recover Files Option.
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  • Step 2: Select the disk that contains lost files. Example Local Drive – E: and hit Scan. Now the software scans and displays all lost files from the selected drive in Windows 10 computer
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  • Step 3: Once the scanning process is completed a list of recovered files are displayed in File Type View and Data View
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  • Step 4: Now select the lost files you want to recover
  • Step 5: Click on the Save option to get back the recovered files to the desired location.

Note: Remo File Recovery Software not only helps you in recovering lost files during cut and paste operation but also comes in handy recovering shift deleted files from your computer. Refer the link for more info.

Recover Cut and Paste Files using CMD:

To recover cut and paste files using cmd follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Press on Win+R and type cmd to open Command Prompt Window
  • Enter chkdsk E: /f and hit Enter here E is the drive letter from which you are looking to recover files lost during cut and paste
  • Enter Y and hit enter to continue
  • Now hit enter E or drive letter from which you want to recover and hit Enter
  • Type E:\>attrib -h -r -s /s /d *.* and hit

This way you recover files lost during cut and paste. However, the above method has its own drawbacks and will not be helpful in completely getting back your deleted files. Hence, it is always recommended to make use of a data recovery software to recover files lost during cut and paste.

Recover Cut And Paste Files Using File History

Windows comes with built-in tools that can assist you with file recovery. If you have enabled the File History then you can easily restore the files from the current backup.

  • Open the Settings application on Windows and navigate to the Update and Security > then Backup > and select the option Restore files from a current backup.
  • Now you can see the files and folders that were lost during cut and paste.
  • Select the files and folders which you want to restore and click on the Restore button.
  • Click on the Browse option and mention the location where you want to restore the files and finally click on Restore.

How to Undo Cut and paste on Mac?

If you are a Mac user and are looking to recover cut and paste files from Mac computer, you can use the Remo Mac File Recovery Software. The tool works flawlessly on all versions of macOS and restore cut files in no time. Download Remo for Mac and recover deleted or lost files during cut and paste process.

Steps to Recover Cut and Paste Files on Mac:

Download and install Remo Recover Mac and follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Launch Remo Recover and click on Recover Files
  • In the next screen choose between the Recover Deleted Files or Recover Lost Files
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  • Select the drive from which you want to recover cut files and click on Next
  • After Scanning process, you will be able to Preview the recovered files
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  • If you are happy with recovered files you can Save the file on to desired location.

Most of the time interruption happens due to any one of the following reasons.

  • Unexpected shutdown of computer: While you are transferring or moving files you might lose files due to sudden power outage.
  • Improper removal of storage device: Removing USB drive without using system eject option leads to cut paste data loss in USB drive.
  • Interrupting cut and paste process: Files are also lost due to abruptly cancelling in the middle of transfer process.
  • Other Reasons: Some of other reasons are hardware failure, software corruption, virus infection or accidental deletion during cut and paste.

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