Recover Files from Existing Logical Disks

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Note: If you have done all these operations listed below, but still cannot find your lost files, you need to perform an disk scan for the files on the logical disk.

To recover deleted files from a logical disk,

1Select the logical disk where the deleted files resided on the Device/Disk list and click the Next button
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Device/Disk list panel

If there is bad S.M.A.R.T. data for the hard drive, Restorer Ultimate will show a S.M.A.R.T. warning describing the situation. You may decide what to do with the drive.

2Select File search on the File search/Disk scan panel and click the Next button
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File search/Disk scan panel

Click to expand/collapse Other ways to start file search

Right-click the selected disk and select Open Drive Files on the shortcut menu,

or

Double-click the disk

or

Select the disk and press the F5 key
Restorer Ultimate will show the files found

Click the panel regions to learn their functions.

MainRecovery

Click to expand/collapse Panel view options

To reach the View menu, click the Restorer Ultimate top left corner, and select Advanced on the menu.

You may set which panels and bars to enable/disable. To enable/disable

The Folders panel

Select/clear Folders View on the View menu

The Content panel

Select/clear Contents View on the View menu

The Find Results panel

Select/clear Find Results View on the View menu

You may select how the data the will be graphically represented in the Content panel. To view the data as:

Large icons

Select Large Icons on the View menu

Small icons

Select Small Icons on the View menu

List

Select List on the View menu

Details

Select Details on the View menu

You may also arrange files on the the Folders panel as required. Select Arrange on the View menu or on the Folders panel shortcut menu and then a required arrangement.

You may also select which columns to see on the the Folders panel. Select Contents Columns on the View menu or on the Folders panel shortcut menu and them a required arrangement.

You may also select to show/disable various warnings and confirmation. Select on the Help menu

Show All Hints: to show all warning messages for which the Never show again check box has been selected.

Disable All Hints: to never show any warning messages in which the Never show again check box exists.

To reach the Help menu, click the Restorer Ultimate top left corner

You can change the way Restorer Ultimate sorts the files. You may sort files by their extensions, creation/modification/accessed time, or view the real folder/file structure.

3Select folders and files to recover and click the Next button

Mark a file/folder to recover by clicking the box left to the object, or select Mark on the shortcut menu. You may mark several files/folders in different parent folders. You may mark all objects in the folder by selecting Mark All on the Tools or shortcut menu. To unmark an object, click the box left to the object once more or select Unmark on the shortcut menu. You may unmark all objects in the folder by selecting Unmark All on the Tools or shortcut menu.

To reach the Tools menu, click the Restorer Ultimate top left corner and select Advanced.

Restorer Ultimate can find and mark files. Go to the Find and Mark Files topic for details.

File content may be previewed before recovery. Go to the Previewing Files topic for details.

If you do not find files that you want to recover:

Sometimes Restorer Ultimate can find the files but not the entire file paths to them. It puts such files into the Extra Found Files folder. Try to search for the files there. If that does not help, try to find them by using file search globally on the entire disk. Go to the Find and Mark Files topic for details

If you still cannot find files that you want to recover but are sure they have existed on the logical disk, you need to use Disk Scan to find them.

4Specify recovery options, select the target folder for recovered files on the Recover panel and click the Next button.

NEVER TRY TO SAVE RECOVERED FILES/FOLDERS ON THE SAME LOGICAL DISK WHERE THEY RESIDE!!!

Or you may obtain unpredictable results and lose all your data.

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Recovery options panel panel

If you have another computer connected to Restorer Ultimate over network, the Recover dialog box will be slightly different. See File Recovery on a Remote Computer for details.

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Recover the entire path to the file object:

If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate recovers the entire path to the selected object.

Restore path from the root folder

If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate recovers the entire path to the selected object starting from the root folder of the disk.

Recover real folders structure

Enabled when the files are sorted by their extensions or date. If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate recovers the real folders/files structure on the disk rather than that of sorted files.

Recover all content of a selected folder, ignoring specified file mask:

If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate recovers all content of selected folder(s), ignoring specified File Mask.

Recover alternative data streams:

If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate recovers alternative data streams for NTFS files. Has no effect on FAT files. See Extended Information Recovery for details.

Recover security attributes:

If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate recovers security attributes for NTFS files. Has no effect on FAT files. See Extended Information Recovery for details.

Recover extended attributes:

If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate recovers extended (HPFS) file attributes.

Do not recover hidden and system attributes

If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate will remove the Hidden and System attributes from recovered files enabling the user to see them in the Windows Explorer.

Recover disk metafiles

If this check box is selected, Restore Ultimate recovers disk metafiles. Metafiles are the file system's internal files invisible to any user, or file system data, which Restore Ultimate represents as files. These files do not contain user data directly. Unless you want to scrutinize a disk file system, do not restore them.

Bad Sectors Options

You may specify how to process files with bad sectors. You may specify the number of attempts to read the bad sectors and a patter to fill the bad block.

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Bad Sectors Options dialog box
>Restorer Ultimate will recover the selected and marked files to the specified folder.

The Recovery results panel will show the results.

If there is/are file(s) with the same name in the output folder, the File already exists dialog box will appear. You may overwrite, rename, or skip the file, or abort recovering.

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File already exists dialog box

If a file to be recovered appears to have an invalid name, a Broken File Name dialog box will appear. You may correct the name and resume file recovery.

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Broken File Name dialog box

Click to expand/collapse Broken File Name options

File name

Shows the current incorrect file name.

New name

Field for a new file name.

Edit broken symbols only

If this check box is selected, only invalid symbols may be corrected

Change all invalid symbols to

If this check box is selected, all invalid symbols will be changed to the specified symbol

Buttons

Rename

Click to resume file recovery

Rename All

Click to resume file recovery. All other files will be renamed according to the specified rule.

Skip

Click to skip this file

Skip All

Click to skip all files and stop file recovery

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Recovery results panel

Click the Finish button to return to the Device/Disk list panel.

Find and Mark Files

Previewing Files

File Masks