Contrary to what most people think, deletion of file on windows does not mean permanent loss of the data.
When the file is deleted, its not “shredded”; Instead, the table of contents that points out the location of the file is erased. To put in more simpler words, the attribute of the space used by the deleted file is changed from “occupied” to “available”.
Eventually, the hard drive will write new data over the area where the old file is located.
File Recovery utilities take advantage of the fact that the deletion of file in windows is reversible.
Active@ File Recovery is a powerful software utility, designed to restore accidentally deleted files and directories. It allows you to recover files that have been deleted from the Recycle Bin, as well as the ones deleted bypassing the Recycle Bin (e.g. Shift-Delete).
Active@ File Recovery helps you to restore data residing on hard drives or floppy drives formatted in any of the following file systems:
Active@ File Recovery provides users with 2 options for scanning deleted files
QuickScan is a fast and basic scan. Most deleted files and folders can be found using this method. After you have scanned a drive, you can tell what state your deleted files and folders are in by the color of the icons
SuperScan is a much slower and thorough scan. It processes the whole hard drive surface detecting all possible deleted data.
If, after running QuickScan you did not find your deleted files you should go ahead and try SuperScan.
You can also use SuperScan to recover a partition or logical drive that you know has been deleted or damaged. In other words, if you do not see a logical drive listed under a device node in the Local System Devices list, it is time to use SuperScan.
If a disk has been severely damaged and partitions and files are not found, you should turn on the File types to be recognized based on signatures option.
Provided that the files are not fragmented, Active@ Scan technology would detect the file signatures and would try to reconstruct files of certain types.
- Previewing recovered image files – This option is enabled for most of the popular image formats.
- Re-assemble deleted or damaged RAID
- Saving QuickScan/SuperScan results
- Recovery of compressed, fragmented and encrypted files on NTFS
- Creating Disk Image – A mirror copy of your logical or physical drive.
P.S. Check the “Concepts” section in the built-in help of Active@ File Recovery. It has got some amazing information on File Systems and how recovery software works!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review.