Recover Lost Files from Existing Logical Disks

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

To recover deleted files from a logical disk,

1Select the logical disk on the R-Undelete Step1. Select disk and click the Next button,

or double-click the disk.

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Step1. Select disk panel

You may start data recovery with R-Undelete directly from Windows Explorer.

Right-click the disk in Windows Explorer and select Find recently deleted files with R-Undelete on the shortcut menu

Note: If you try to start R-Undelete under an account without administrative rights, you will have to enter an administrative password on the User Account Control dialog box.

2Select Fast search for recently deleted files on the Step 2. Select action panel and click the Next button
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Step 2. Select action panel

>R-Undelete will change its panel showing the disk's folders/files structure

R-Undelete analyzes data on the disk and displays all files which records have been found. Then deleted files, which records still remain, can be recovered. If files have not been found, that means that their records have been deleted. To find such files, Detailed Scan is required.

Please note that R-Undelete shows only those files/folders that match a specified file mask.

Click to expand/collapse Step 3. Select files for recovery panel

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 file(s)/folder(s) 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 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 shortcut menu.

R-Undelete can search for a particular file. Go to the Searching for a File 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 R-Undelete 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 Searching for a File 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 Detailed Scan to find them.

4Specify recover options and output folder on the Step 4. Select place for recovered files panel and click the Recover button

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

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

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Step 4. Select place for recovered files panel

Click to expand/collapse Recover options

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Bad Sectors dialog box

If you try to specify the same disk for the recovered files on which the deleted files resided, the Saving a recovered file to the same disk... message will appear. You may continue recovering the files on such disk, but at your own risk.

>R-Undelete will recover the selected/marked files/folders to the specified folder

The Step 5. Recovery status panel will show the results.

If there 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 recovery.

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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

If there is no space available for the recovered files, the There is not enough space on the disk dialog box will appear. You may either select other place to store the files, skip that particular file or abort the recovery process.

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There is not enough space on the disk dialog box

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Step 5. Recovery status panel

Click the Finish button to return to the Select the disk to recover files from panel or Exit to quit R-Undelete.

Searching for a File

Finding Previous File Versions

Regular Expressions

Previewing Files