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

Restorer Ultimate will show the files found

Click the panel regions to learn their functions.

MainRecovery

Click to expand/collapse Panel view options

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.

You may also copy the information about folders and files.

Click to expandFor the folder (the Folders pane):
Click to expandFor the file (the Contents pane):
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.

Click to expand/collapse Recover options

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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

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Recovery results panel

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

Find and Mark Files

Finding Previous File Versions

Previewing Files

File Masks