The Recover Drive option in Recover My Files is available for use in drive recovery to recover files and data when there has been an event that affects the whole disk rather than specific files.
Example of this kind of scenario would include:
|an accidental disk format|
|a Windows re-install|
|a system restore|
|a disk drive with a corrupt or missing drive letter|
|when files cannot be read on a disk because the drive is seen as RAW|
In such cases, after downloading and installing Recover My Files, run the product and then choose the Recover Drive option in the wizard screen.
Select Recover a Drive and click on Next
Recover My Files will then scan the computer system and all the storage devices, disk drives and connected devices will be identified and displayed as show below.
Selecting a drive for recovery
Find the hard disk which matches the size of the problem drive. In cases where a Hard Disk is shown to have more than one partition it is usually better to select and search on the whole hard disk, not just a division of it. Then click Next.
Select the Automatic drive recovery option.
Select Automatic drive recovery
Recover My Files will scan the disk searching for the internal file structure components of certain file types. By locating related header, footer and structural information for files of these types, Recover My Files can locate the missing file system information.
If required, the file types used by Recover My Files to do this can be amended manually using the “Drive recovery using selected file types” option instead of Automatic. The file types used in automatic mode are .exe, .jpeg, .doc, .zip .els, .avi and iTunes files.
File Type Header Selection for Drive Recovery
If none of those file types are known to exist on the disk then it may make sense to choose those that did. Similarly, if you have a specific file type that you require to be recovered it can help speed up the process of recovering them as these files will then be found more quickly as part of the drive recovery process. Adding additional file types to the drive recovery search will increase the length of time taken to complete it however.
During the initial part of the drive recovery search, Recover My Files will try to locate and rebuild complete lost disk drive partitions.
If a lost or missing partition is located and can be recovered, the file structure including all the missing folders and files can be displayed in the Folder view at the end of the initial search phase.
Once the initial phase has completed, Recover My Files will then move on to its second phase in which it uses this information to scan the disk to locate all the missing file system records. This can take some time and the number of file system records found is shown in the progress bar.
Whilst the scan is in progress, the files that have been found so far are listed and can be viewed in the preview window to see if they are recoverable. If you can see that particular files you want to recover are displayed in the preview screen, you can cancel the scan at that point to recover and save them.
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