3.4 Active@ File Recovery

Active@ File Recovery is a data recovery utility that you can use to restore accidentally deleted files and folders located on the existing drives, and even on deleted or damaged partitions.

It is best to save recovered data on another logical, removable, network or a floppy drive. Make sure that you have access to another physical or logical drive before attempting to recover a file.

To run Active@ File Recovery:

  • 1. From the Active@ Boot Disk shell, click Start > Programs > Active@ File Recovery. The Active@ File Recovery workspace will show up with all available devices listed in a tree view under Local System Devices.
    Local System Devices
  • 2. To scan a logical drive, select it. A message in the right pane reads Disk not scanned yet...
    Disk not scanned yet
  • 3. To scan the drive in basic mode, do the following:
    • Click Quick Scan. The status bar will be displaying the progress of the scan.
    • After the scan is complete, files and folders will be listed in the right pane.
    Quick Scan options. Active@ File Recovery
  • 4. Recovering via SuperScan- if you cannot locate or find your deleted files and folders, to process the whole surface of a disk, right click on it it and click SuperScan. Super Scan options. Active@ File Recovery
  • 5. When the SuperScan Options dialog box shows up, do the following:
    Super Scan Options. Active@ File Recovery
    • In General tab, you can restrict the scan to a small number of sectors, indicate the From sector and the number of sectors to scan. Limiting the scan on a small area can greatly reduce the time required for scan to finish. Again if you are not sure about this option just leave it as is.
      You can further limit the search by focusing it on the file systems that exist on your deleted or damaged partitions
      Advanced Search options
    • In Signatures Recognition tab you can further specify which file types would you want Active@ File Recovery to search for. Thanks to in-built tools File Recovery can rebuild file types (DOC, JPG, DOC, ZIP, etc) from partial data that you really need, ignoring the irrelevant data and saving processing time.
    • Click Scan. The status bar displays the progress of the scan.
      Active@ File Recovery. Scan Option
    • After the scan is complete, a list of detected partitions appears in the right pane. You may search through these partitions.
    • If you chose to re-build image files, a folder named Files Recognized by Signatures will be created. After the recovery you can search through the contents of this folder.
  • 6. After you have scanned a drive, all you need to do now is to search for deleted or damaged folders or files:
    • To search manually, click on the SuperScan result. This will show the scanned files in the right panel
      SuperScan result
  • 7. Click on the file type you are interested in and you can organize them by size and various other attributes such as camera model, date created, width, height, etc.
    • You can also preview the scanned files by right clicking on one of them and choosing the Preview option
      Preview option. Active@ File Recovery
    • Active@ File Recovery also supports Windows shortcuts. Meaning that you can select and recover multiple individual files by clicking on them and holding Shift or Ctrl.
  • 8. Once you have found and selected the files you want to recover right click on the and choose Recover
    Data Recovering
  • 9. Recovery Options window will pop up asking you to choose or confirm the Recovery location for your files.
    • You can also limit the recovery on only those files that have been deleted.
    • If you are recovering files that have been damaged make sure to check Existing only check box
    • Of course, if you are trying to recover some of the files that have been deleted as well as some of them that have been damaged make sure to mark All check box
  • 10. Do not recover your deleted files on the same hard drive where you have previously deleted them
    Recovery options
    • For further customization click on More Options… in the bottom left corner, this will open the Settings window.
    File Recovery Settings
    • In the General window you can choose the storage location for your Scan results, as well as some other options concerning scanning and your local devices
    • Recovery tab basically has the features from the initial Recovery Options window. Additionally you can automatically rename your recovered files be giving them a basic name and adding a number for each one later on. The default name is "recovered".
    • Images tab is reserved for image creation and storing. Here you can designate image storage path, compression, chunk size, etc.
  • 11. When you are finished with changes in this window click Apply before exiting and you will be back to the initial Recovery Options Window
    In the Recovery Options window click on Recovery button which will initiate the recover the deleted files at the location that requested.
    Recovery button in the Recovery Options
  • 12. Alternatively you can also use Advanced Search tool by right clicking on the drive that contains your deleted files, or just by selecting it and choosing Search in the top menu
    Advanced Search option
  • 13. New Search window will appear offering you various customization settings
    Search windows
  • In the Find What field, enter all or part of a file or folder name. You can use wildcard characters to locate all files or folders that include that part in a name.
  • In the File Type drop-down list, select the type of file or folder to search for.
  • In the next three check boxes, you can choose to include:
    • Deleted files and folders — Select this check box to search through files and folders marked as deleted. If you know that the file or folder you are searching for has not been deleted, that is — if the file or folder is damaged and still exists in the file table — clear this check box.
    • Non-deleted files and folders — Select this check box to search through existing files and folders. If you know that you are searching for a deleted file or folder, clear this check box.
    • All files and folders — combines two previous search methods, enabling you to look for files and folders in different states.
    • Case insensitive search — File Recovery will search for the Find What file or folder name disregarding upper or lower case letters by default. In order to search for a file or folder by using the combination of upper and lower case letters in Find What, select this check box.
    • To search for files or folders based on a specified date range, select any combination of check boxes for Created, Modified or Accessed (Deleted) and indicate the date range.
    • To search for files or folders based on the size of the file, select the Size check box and indicate the size range.
      Size check box. Active@ File Recovery
    • To start the search, click Find. The status bar will display the search in progress.
    • After the search has been completed, a new tab named Search will appear in the right pane.
    • Select a file or folder that you want to restore.
    • Click Recover. The Recovery Options dialog box will open.
      Recovery Options dialog box

Do the following:

  • In the Name field, revise the file name.
  • In the Recover To field, enter a path to a drive other than the drive where you found this file or folder. You can also browse to another drive.
  • Click Recover.

The file or folder is recovered to the new location.

windows 7 boot disk

A device scan or a search may take a long time. To stop a device scan or a search, click Stop at any time. Note For more detailed instructions and support, see the Active@ File Recovery User Guide.