The File Recovery option in Recover My Files usually applies in situations where the disk drive (or storage media concerned) is working correctly but you need to recover accidentally deleted files such as:
|deleted files accidentally deleted by a user|
|files that have been emptied from the Recycle Bin|
|files that have been deleted but bypassed the Recycle Bin by using Shift-Del|
|files that have been deleted by a virus|
|files that have been lost after a program or application crash.|
After downloading and installing Recover My Files, run the product and then click the Recover Files option in the opening Wizard screen followed by the Next button.
Select Recover Files and Click on Next
Recover My files will then locate and identify all the storage devices connected to the PC. This includes hard drives, memory card readers, USB drives etc.
Select the drive containing the deleted files that you want to recover….
…then choose Search for Deleted Files.
This is a relatively fast scan that will quickly search the drive for files that have been deleted from the Recycle Bin. It will locate those files which the file system has marked as deleted but for which there is still enough information for them to be recovered.
The more recently the files were deleted, the greater the likelihood of being successfully found and recovered. As more new data and files get written to the drive over time, the greater the chance there is that the data belonging to the deleted files will get overwritten.
Recovered files will be displayed in a list and can be clicked on to see a visual preview. If the file can be seen in the preview window it is recoverable and can be saved once Recover My Files is activated with a licence key.
If a search for Deleted Files does not display the deleted files that you wish to recover, then you need to run the search for Lost File Types too.
This search will scan the disk at a ‘lower’ level searching for file data where the file system records relating to the file data have been destroyed. It is often the case that the file system record no longer exists, but the actual file data does.
Recover My Files searches the disk performing a file header search, identifying Lost Files by the header, content and footer components of their internal file structure.
This is a much more resource intensive search and can take much longer than a search for deleted files only. The more filetypes that are included in the search the longer it will take. It can be kept faster by reducing the number of filetypes being searched for. If you are looking for say, jpeg image files only, then restrict the search to that filetype.
Restricting the Filetype Header selection will improve the scan time.
Unlike deleted files that are recoverable, Lost Files will not have their original filename displayed in the list of recovered files. They will be displayed as “LostFile-FileType_X”. You can locate and verify which files you want to recover and save using the preview function.
More Information on Using Recover My Files:
User Guide Part 1 : Overview of Recover My Files
User Guide Part 2 : Recover My Files Search Options
User Guide Part 3 : Using Recover My Files for File Recovery
User Guide Part 4 : Using Recover My Files for Drive Recovery
User Guide Part 5 : Preview and Recover Deleted Files