Step 1. Disk Selection

Step 1. Disk Selection


Locate the physical storage device where lost files resided.

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Disks panel

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Check if the hardware of the storage device with lost files is in a good condition.

If the storage device has hardware problems, R-Undelete marks such a device with an exclamation mark and gives a S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring warning. Disk imaging is the best solution in this situation.

Select the disk on the device where the lost files might reside.

Recovery of deleted files or lost files from a formatted disk

These files most likely reside on an existing disk.

To see the files resided on the disk, right-click and select Show Files (Quick Scan operation). Depending on the disk size, the number of files, and your computer hardware, it may take a few seconds or more. When files are found, R-Undelete switches to the Files panel where found files are selected for recovery.

Recovery of lost files from a deleted disk

Deleted disks are usually found on the unallocated space.

Right-click the unallocated space on the storage device of the disk, select Scan for partitions, and wait for R-Undelete to finish scanning the device. Note that it may take a long time if the device is large. When the disk is found, right-click Show Files then select files for recovery.

Recovery of lost files from a damaged disk or a partition with an unsupported file system

Damaged disks or partitions with unsupported file system are usually found on the unrecognized space.

This recovery is very similar to the case of lost files from a deleted disk.

Right-click the unrecognized space on the storage device of the disk, select Scan, and wait for R-Undelete to finish scanning the device. Note that it may take a long time if the device is large. When the disk or a partition is found, right-click Show Files then select files for recovery.

If the files are to be recovered from a partition with an unsupported files system, R-Undelete will use only raw file search, and, therefore, will not recover file names and the original folder structure. See the Definitions help page for more details.

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