How to Recover Files Lost While Moving?

Learn how to recover files lost while moving via three efficient solutions in this article. You can also get related Word data loss prevention tips to prevent data loss.


By Penny / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Files lost while moving!  

Transferring data from one device or folder to another is a common and straightforward task. The most basic method involves using keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V, or Ctrl + X and Ctrl + V.


Help! I lost some files when I was moving them from my computer to my USB stick. using the Ctrl X and Ctrl V. But during the process, my power failed. After rebooting, I can’t find my moved files on my USB drive. So is it possible to recover files lost while moving? Thanks in advance.

However, during the file transfer process, there is a risk of data loss if any interruptions occur. But please don’t worry because there exists a possibility to recover files after cut and paste.

Why did my files lose while moving?

Let’s get an overview of the following reasons before recovering files lost while moving.

  • Sudden power failure
  • System crash
  • Abrupt removal of a removable storage device
  • An error message pops up in an alarming window

How do I recover lost files while moving?

If you happen to lose files during a cut-and-paste or copy-and-paste operation, there are three available ways for you to recover moved files Windows 10/11 computer.

Solution 1. Press Ctrl + Z to cancel moving files  

If you accidentally moved files, you can press the Ctrl + Z keys to cancel your move action. Then you can get your lost moved files back.


Solution 2. Recover moved files Windows 10/11 with Previous Versions

After turning on File History or the System Protection of the local disk that stores your needed Office files, you can get varied copies of files/folders according to the time.


Previous Versions is right for some users like writers because this Windows feature can record the changes and modifications of your important files as time goes by. Moreover, you can recover overwritten Word documents using it.

Step 1. Right-click on your saved Microsoft Office files with pasted items. Then select the “Properties” button.

Step 2. Under the Previous Versions tab, choose a file version based on your needs.


Step 3. Click “Restore” to get your MS files to their original location. But if you prefer to set a new saved path, please right-click Restore > select Restore to.


After restoration, you can go to the corresponding paths and open your recovered Office files to check whether your needed pasted texts have been restored or not. 

Solution 3. Recover moved files Windows 10/11 via data recovery software

Released by AOMEI Tech, powerful MyRecover aims to help all users recover deleted & missing Microsoft Word documents from hard drives within three steps. Besides, its advanced scanning technology (Quick Scan & Deep Scan) will automatically scan and display all the recoverable files on your selected drive.   

Other key features of MyRecover:
All-inclusive: Apply to a variety of data loss scenarios such as deletion, disk formatting, system crashes, or virus attacks.
High-efficiency: Recover 200+ types of files such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PPT, and WPS files, folders, compressed files, photos, audio, songs, videos, and websites from HDDs, USB sticks, SD cards, etc.
Advanced scanning method: MyRecover runs Quick Scan & Deep Scan automatically to search all the recoverable files. Specify the filename, saved path, date, or size to filter your needed files.   
Convenience: Retain the original filename, path, and format for the deleted files.
Excellent compatibility: Support NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS file systems.

How to recover lost Word documents without backups? Download MyRecover on your Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Server PC to retrieve them!

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Step 1. Install and launch MyRecover. Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan.


Step 2. Filter your needed Word documents according to Document Type, Name, Date, or Path.

  • Name: Type the filenames of your desired files to narrow the search area.
  • Date modified: Set the date (today, yesterday, last 7/30 days, and so on).
  • Size: Filter the file size (<128KB, 128KB~1MB, 1MB~ 512MB, etc).


Step 3. Go to the Deleted Files/Recycle Bin/Other Missing Files folder and select the Word files you want. Then click “Recover x files” to start the Word document recovery process.


After recovery, please remember to store your retrieved MS Word files in another drive instead of the original hard drive.
MyRecover can recover your 500MB of files for free. If you desire to recover a large number of deleted & missing files from local hard drives, upgrading MyRecover to the Professional or Technician edition is a more cost-effective choice. 

Bonus tips: How to prevent documents from loss?

As you can see, regular backups could be the best hedge against data loss. If you’re unwilling to suffer the second damage, please consider putting the following data loss prevention measures into practice.

  • Open your Microsoft Microsoft Word and click File > Options > Advanced > Save. Then tick Always create a backup copy > OK.


  • Use this free backup software for Windows, AOMEI Backupper to make File Backups, Partition Backups, Disk Backups, or System Backups.


  • You can customize the storage size of your Recycle Bin to save large deleted files with these clicks: right-click on your desktop Recycle Bin icon > select Properties > set the storage size > Apply > OK.
  • Please don’t empty your desktop Recycle Bin randomly.
Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.